About Last Night Yesterday Afternoon: Murder in the first inning

You can admit it, you had no expectations going into yesterday's game other than expecting the Royals to win the game because it seems like months since the Yankees were able to put one in the win column. Don't worry. We all felt that way. But when the 22:39 bottom of the first finally ended, and the Yankees had an 8-0 lead, those expectations quickly changed. Here's how that first inning unfolded, in heat map/grid/spray chart form:

1st inning SLG heat map Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Jeremy Guthrie was throwing balls low in the zone and the Yankees were reaching them.

1st inning SLG grid Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Guthrie's 1st inning pitch frequency (See? A lot of low pitches.) Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Here are the pitches Headley, McCann and Gardner hit for home runs. Headley and McCann's home runs were off fastballs while Gardner's was off a curve.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Look at how low Gardner's pitch was.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Here is the spray chart for the first inning. The Yankees batted .700/.769/1.700/2.469 with a 1.000 ISO:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

The eight runs they scored in yesterday's first inning were the most runs the Yankees have scored at home in an inning since September 2, 2013 against the Chicago White Sox. In that game, they scored the eight runs in the fourth inning en route to a 9-1 victory. They scored eight in an inning last season on the road against Detroit on August 27.