I have to pin this one on Farnsworth.
It’s the 8th inning. Game tied at four. You’re playing at home – and it’s May 26th – against a team that was won just two games on the road all year. You’ve got a runner on 1st with two outs. The batters due up are Tony Graffanino and Angel Berroa (both hitting under .250 on the season).
And, you allow a walk and a homer. Now the score is 7-4, Royals, after seven and a half innings. At this point, the probability of the Yankees winning this game drops like a lead balloon.
Congrats to Derek for career hit # 2000. Great job by the fans for giving him his due.
The Yankees better smoke the Royals over the next two games. Then it might make up for the loss in this game.