Series Recap

Series Recap: Yankees mash in mid-west against Royals

Hitting the road the New York Yankees were looking to get back on track against the Kansas City Royals. The Bronx Bombers offense swept through the midwest, and nearly did the same to KC. New York’s starting pitching also stabilized, and after taking two of three, the club remains in first place in the AL East.

GAME 1

Regrouped and recharged, the Yankees powered their way to a 7-1 victory over the Royals.

CC STOP-BATHIA

As he did at the start of the season, CC Sabathia stopped the bleeding and picked up a much-maligned Yankee rotation. The veteran lefty provided New York with 6.2 innings of scoreless ball, scattering five hits and striking out four.

RELEASE EL KRAKEN

It’s safe to say 2016 Gary Sanchez is back and playing the 1961 Mickey Mantle to Aaron Judge‘s Roger Maris. During the third inning, the Yankees backstop crushed a three-run bomb to dead center, off Jason Hammel, spotting the Bronx Bombers to a 3-0 advantage.

CARTER CRUSHES

On the evening, the Yankees were a tough out with two outs. In the fourth Didi Gregorius battled with a two-out single to center. Ensuing batter Chris Carter, who appears to be finding his stroke with a three-hit contest, slammed a two-run tater to center, increasing the lead to 5-0.

During the seventh, facing Seth Maness, a trio of consecutive two-out singles by Starlin Castro, Judge and Jacoby Ellsbury, gave the Yankees their sixth run.

GAME 2

Entering the second game of the series the Yankees were pitted against the AL’s ERA leader, Jason Vargas. Yet, it was a stat the Bronx Bombers lineup would ignore in an 11-7 romp, and it wasn’t even as close as the score would indicate.

TOUGH WITH TWO OUTS

For the second time in as many games, the Yankee offense was tough to put away with two outs. New York tallied six of its 11 runs with two down.

EVERYONE JOINS THE PARTY

Every Yankee starter in the lineup collected at least one hit on the evening. The offense was so hot they managed to bat around during a five-run fourth. Six Yankees managed multiple hit games with Starlin Castro leading the way with three hits.

GET YOUR HICKS ON ROUTE 66

During the fourth, Aaron Hicks launched a three-run homer inside the foul pole in left. Hicks’ seventh of the season places him way ahead of his 2016 pace when his seventh came in August.

PINEDA PLAYS CATFISH

In Catfish Hunter fashion, Michael Pineda provided the Yankees with a solid outing, and while he did yield two home runs, they came with leads of 6-0 and 10-2. Pineda whiffed five across six frames.

DELLIN DEALS

With the underbelly of the bullpen getting touched up, Dellin Betances was summoned for the final out in the ninth. Betances was flawless, even throwing a dart to first base on a ball hit by Eric Hosmer. The newly anointed Yankees’ closer recorded his first save of the campaign.

GAME 3

You can’t win ’em all. Power pitching and power hitting helped the Royals defeat the Yankees 5-1. In a silver lining by scratching out a run in the ninth, the Yankees avoided being shutout for the first time this season.

DUSTED BY DUFFY

Royals starter Danny Duffy fanned 10 and only yielded three hits over seven frames. New York was 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base on the evening.

MONTGOMERY SPOTTY

Jordan Montgomery wasn’t especially sharp, allowing five runs over five frames of work. A three-run homer by Mike Moustakas in the fifth made it 5-0 and all but placed the game out of reach.

GREEN MACHINE

Chad Green is auditioning for a higher place in the pecking order. He struck out six batters in three innings.

ON DECK

At 24-14 on the campaign, the Yankees travel to Tampa to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series starting Friday evening.

Pitching probables include Luis Severino vs. Erasmo Ramirez, Masahiro Tanaka vs. Matt Andriese, CC Sabathia vs. Chris Archer.

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