Seven teams were shutout last night, the most in three decades. The Royals and Yankees were involved in one of those games, but the team to be shutout probably comes as a surprise. It wasn’t the last place Royals who got blanked. Instead, it was the mighty New York Yankees who couldn’t manage to cross the plate.
Jorge De La Rosa was magnificent on the mound for Kansas City holding the Yanks scoreless on six hits over 5.2 innings. Todd Wellemeyer, who hadn’t pitched since Aug. 27, pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn the save. Conbined, the two hurlers struck out nine batters.
The Royals opened the game with a run in the first inning. Mike Sweeney’s RBI double scored Mark Grudzielanek and gave KC a 1-0 lead. They later added two runs in the fourth before scoring single runs in the sixth and seventh.
Mike Mussina took the loss tossing five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.
The Yankees haven’t had problems scoring all year. They were shutout Tuesday for just the third time this year. New York did have several chances to score, but going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position didn’t help their cause. Kansas City shutout the Bombers for the first time since 2003.