How about that for a West Coast send off, huh? The Yankees did what we all expected them to do coming into this series and completed the sweep of the Royals yesterday afternoon behind a pair of home runs and a return normalcy for Michael Pineda. The first home run came in the bottom of the 2nd off the bat of Brian McCann. He was looking for a fastball, got it in a meaty part of the plate, and crushed it into the second deck in right for his 6th homer of the year. The big shot was the one that came the next inning. With 2 on and nobody out, Alex Rodriguez came to the plate looking to put the Yanks ahead. He took a called strike fastball and got a hanging 0-1 slider on the next pitch. He smoked it down the left field line and just got it over the outfield wall for a 3-run shot. That was all the offense the Yankees would get, but it was also all the offense they needed.
Big Mike didn't look too big in the top of the 1st. He gave up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas on his 6th pitch of the game and needed some highlight reel plays by Chase Headley at third to escape the inning without further damage. He settled in after that though and ended up turning in a more-than-quality performance. 6.2 innings, 6 hits, the 1 run, 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts. His swing-and-miss slider was back and his fastball command was better. Nice.
The bullpen did the rest of the work, with Dellin Betances allowing a run to score in the 8th but once again having it count as an unearned run to keep his pristine 0.00 ERA intact. Andrew Miller picked up his 14th save of the season with a perfect 9th.
- 2-4 day for A-Rod, which boosted him back up to .276/.374/.566 on the year with 11 HR. Awesome.
- Miller's first save since May 8th. I know saves aren't all that important statistically, but that's quite a while.