Yankees Clinch Series Over Royals, Winning 3 of 4

Yankees Clinch Series Over Royals, Winning 3 of 4

The New York Yankees completed a very stressful four-game set over the Kansas City Royals, winning their third out of the four on Sunday, 6-3.

The series was incredibly stressful because they won the first game, but lost Aaron Judge to injury, then they lost the afternoon game of Saturday’s day/night double header, and stared in the face of losing the night game, too, narrowly avoiding a double header sweep.

Let’s start with the offense.

The Yankees got their scoring started early in this one. Didi Gregorius hit a two-out single in the bottom of the first, then Aaron Hicks, after attempting to beat the shift with a bunt down the third base line, launched a two-run home run off of the foul pole down the right field line.

Neither team would score again until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Miguel Andujar poked a single into left center field to score Hicks from second.

The Andujar single extended the lead to 3-0.

The Yankees tacked on a couple more in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI groundout by Gleyber Torres and a perfectly placed infield single by Greg Bird that knocked Royals starter Burch Smith out of the game. 5-0 Yankees!

The got one last run in the bottom of the sixth inning on their MLB-leading 41st sac fly of the year via Giancarlo Stanton.

As for the pitching, newly-acquired JA Happ made his Yankee debut, and he was everything the Yanks could have hoped for, spinning 6.0 innings, surrendering 3 hits and 1 run on a walk (and one hit-by-pitch) with two strikeouts.

Happ’s only blemish was a solo home run to Salvador Perez, who has torched the Yankees this series. He went 7-16 (.438) in the series with three home runs, and scored a run in each of the four games in the series.

Chad Green replaced Happ in the seventh. He gave up a solo homer to Hunter Dozier and a double to Alex Gordon, but immediately settled down to work out of the inning with no further damage. He’s struggled lately, but at least there’s some progress? 6-2 Yanks.

David Robertson came in and pitched similarly to Green. He immediately surrendered a leadoff homer to Rosell Herrera, narrowing the gap to 6-3, but then shut down the rest of the hitters to end the eighth. He did not exactly alleviate any concerns over his recent struggles.

Aroldis Chapman came in and worked an uneventful ninth inning, striking out the side in order to get the save.

The Yankees have an off day on Monday and will begin a series with the Baltimore Orioles, who outscored the Tampa Bay Rays 37-12 over the last three games of their four-game set.


Featured Image via Flickr/Keith Allison

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2 thoughts on “Yankees Clinch Series Over Royals, Winning 3 of 4

  1. John Palmer

    The Yanks seem to be gearing up for another deep playoff run, and hopefully Aaron Judge can return healthy from injury to aid them in their quest for another World Series.


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