Following a rather disappointing weekend in the Bronx, the Yankees came bouncing back with quite a big show as they opened this mid-week series in Kansas City. The Yankees are on the road this week, starting in the City of Fountains before making another detour through the Tampa Bay area this weekend. The Yankees are looking to stack up on the wins to make up for losing last weekend’s series against the Astros.
CC Sabathia pitches really well at Kauffman Stadium. Coming into tonight’s game, he had 5 starters, 4 wins and no losses, maintains a 1.42 ERA, with 23 strikeouts and just 4 walks. Sabathia continued this streak with tonight’s outing — 85 pitches into the 7th inning, just 5 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts, and no runs scored. He’s now 5-0 in Kansas City, easily one of the best away parks for Sabathia, something he needed to revive him from his struggles.
Tyler Clippard continued this momentum to close out the 7th inning and through the 8th inning, keeping the Royals scoreless. Jonathan Holder came on to close out the 9th, the Yankees looking for the complete shutout. But Holder had a bit of an off-night and still pulled through. With just 1 out, Holder loaded the bases, but then a fielder’s choice scored the Royals’ lone run before a pop-up closed the game and the Royals’ attempted rally.
Meanwhile, the Yankees flexed their offensive muscles tonight at the K. In the 3rd inning, Carter singled and Gardner walked to put runners on base, and Gary Sanchez hit them in with a big 428 foot 3-run home run to get the Yankees on the board. And then in the 4th, with 2 outs and Gregorius on 1st with a single, Chris Carter hit a 2-run home run to add 2 more to the scoreboard.
Even with a nice lead, the Yankees still added some deep insurance runs. (Because you never know, you know?) In the 7th, with 2 outs, Castro singled, moved to 2nd on Judge’s single, and then scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single. Gregorius singled to lead-off the 8th inning, and Carter singled. After an out (and overturned challenge), Sanchez’s walk loaded the bases for the Yankees. Matt Holliday hit into a fielder’s choice out at 2nd, which still scored Gregorius, as the fielders couldn’t make the double play.
Final score: 7-1 Yankees
Aaron Judge made a brief cameo on The Tonight Show last night. Host Jimmy Fallon is a big Yankees fan (you can often see him right behind home plate), and with Judge making his debut on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the rookie outfielder appeared in a fun sketch. Despite being nervous, Judge did a great job meeting with everyday Yankee fans in New York in a pseudo sports broadcasting set in Bryant Park, asking fans what they thought of, well, Aaron Judge. People were very positive and hopeful about him, so when he revealed himself, they were very excited to meet the young star in person.