KANSAS CITY – The New York Yankees began their six game road trip against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night and looked impressive in their 7-1 win.
CC Sabathia was on the bump for the Bronx Bombers and he dominated the Royals’ bats. After surrendering 11 earned runs in his previous two outings combined, the lefty pitched 6.2 shutout innings, allowing only five hits while striking out four.
Sabathia has been very efficient w/ 63 pitches in 6 IP. Free-swinging KC has helped his cause. Ten of 21 at bats have lasted 1 or 2 pitches.
Sabathia received plenty of run support from his team as the Yankees managed 13 hits and seven runs on the night. Gary Sanchez started off the scoring by launching a towering three-run home run to center field, giving the Yankees an early 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
In the following inning, Chris Carter hit a home run of his own which plated Didi Gregorious and extended the Yankees lead to 5-0.
The Yankees hammered royals’ starting pitcher Jason Hammel all night long. Hammel allowed nine hits and five earned runs in six innings of action.
Chris Carter was the bright spot of the night for the Yankees. The first baseman had struggled prior to this game, but he went on to hit 3-for-4 on the night – the big hit being his two-run homer.
Chris Carter with a BOMB ?
The @Yankees 1B picks up his 2nd hit of the night + 2nd HR of the season!
Five Yankee batters had two hits in this game as the team just continues to rake at the plate. The Yankees currently have three players hitting above .300 on the season and offense has been the key to their success this year.
The Royals’ only run came in the ninth inning when Whit Merrifield grounded into a fielder’s choice off of Jonathan Holder.
With the win, the Yankees improved to 23-13 on the season (10-7 on the road). The Yankees most consistent pitcher this season, Michael Pineda, will take the mound on Wednesday night against Royals’ pitcher, Jason Vargas.
Win- CC Sabathia
Loss- Jason Hammel