The Yankees were on a win streak this last week, winning 7 straight games, including 6 road games. But the Royals certainly battled through this weekend to try to keep the visiting Yankees from sweeping the weekend series. The Yankees certainly pushed them to the edge this afternoon, even coming back from near defeat to push extra innings.
Domingo German got the start today and had a rare rough outing for the young starter. He threw 84 pitches in 5 innings, gave up 9 hits and 7 runs, and struck out 6 Royals’ batters. In the 2nd, with 1 out, German gave up 2 singles that scored as part of a big 2-out, 3-run home run to get the Royals on the board.
Then, the Royals added to their score with a 2-out solo home run in the 4th. With 1 out in the 5th, a double moved to 3rd on a ground out and then scored as part of another 2-run home run. Only to follow that with a solo home run to ease the Royals into a big lead over the Yankees.
The Yankees, meanwhile, slowly worked to chip away at the Royals’ lead today. In the 2nd, with 1 out, Torres singled, moved to 2nd on Morales’ walk, and scored on Clint Frazier’s single. Then, with 2 outs in the 6th, Hicks made it to 1st on a throwing error and then all the way to 3rd on Sanchez’s single. Gleyber Torres’ solid 3-run home run scored both Hicks and Sanchez.
Still short a few runs, the Yankees found their next opportunity in the 9th. While the Royals were looking for 3 outs, the Yankees needed 3 runs. Both got what they wanted, eventually. With 1 out, Frazier and Urshela each singled. After a strikeout, DJ LeMahieu hit a nice single to score Frazier. Then Voit worked a walk to load up the bases and was pinch-run by Estrada. Aaron Hicks hit a great single, long enough to score both Urshela and LeMahieu to tie up the game.
Now, Nestor Cortes Jr. came on in long-term relief of German with 4 clean innings through the 9th. Even when he got himself into a bases-loaded jam in the 9th, where the Royals were threatening a walk-off, Cortes found the right combination to get out of the inning unscathed.
And the game went on into an extra inning. The Royals came back in the bottom of the 10th to find that energy to overtake the Yankees. Jonathan Holder was just an out away from pushing the game into extra innings. With 1 out, he gave up a walk that stole 2nd and then scored on a 2-out single for the walk-off win for the home team.
Final score: 8-7 Royals, in 10 innings, Yankees win series 2-1
Next up: The Yankees travel back home for a week of games for their next home stand. The Padres are up first with a 3-game mid-week series before the Yankees host the Red Sox for the anticipated 4-game rivalry series next weekend. They they hit the road again to face the Blue Jays and Indians.
Injury updates: While Didi Gregorius is making a splash on his rehab assignment in Tampa, even hitting the Tarpons’ lone run in today’s game in Florida, another injured Yankee is making his way back as quick as his body will allow. Still nursing his oblique injury, Aaron Judge is making progress and will probably start swinging a bat and hitting off a tee during this next home stand.
It’s been a tough injury for the star outfielder as it’s limited basic baseball activities like throwing, catching, fielding, and swinging a bat. You know, things baseball players do every minute of every game. He and the long list of other injured Yankees are looking on from the sidelines, semi-jealously chomping at the bit to get in on the action that currently ranks the Yankees at the top of their division and on a really great streak.
And I don’t blame them.