NEW YORK — Like he’s done so many other times in his Yankee career, CC Sabathia served as the team’s stopper as his outing set the tone for a New York win, 6-2, over the Kansas City Royals.
Giving up just an unearned run in five strong innings, the Yankee left-hander also struckout five Royals which puts him just six away from the historic 3,000 strikeout plateau.
As for the offense, Brett Gardner hit the go-ahead home run in the third, immediately after the KC unearned run, to put the Yankees up for good. The squad improved to 27-6, since 2017, when Gardner has gone deep.
Aside from Gardner, Mike Tauchman also went deep with his second long ball of the year. Facing Jakob Junis, who was the pitcher that injured Aaron Judge last year, the Yankees made sure to get their revenge the right way.
Tagging him for five runs on six hits, the Bombers provided their bullpen more than enough of a cushion to bring home the victory.
While Luis Cessa did give up a run on two hits in his lone inning, Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, and Zack Britton all provided Aaron Boone hitless innings to seal the squad’s ninth win of the season.
As for the unearned run that came across in the third, Adalberto Mondesi drove in Billy Hamilton, who had reached earlier on an error by Luke Voit. The play, however, was preceded by a great play by Clint Frazier that saved a run with a great throw from right field.