Stupid extra innings. Stupid, old body and brain that can't stay awake past 10:30 PM anymore. I have no clue how this one went down. We're going bullet points.
- The Yankees fell behind 4-0 early as the Royals jumped all over Luis Cessa and put up runs in each of the first 2 innings. Kendrys Morales (2-run) and Eric Hosmer (solo) homered.
- The climb back began in the 6th, when Didi Gregorius plated a run with a sac fly and Starlin Castro popped a 2-run homer.
- The tie came in the next inning on a well-manufactured run. Aaron Hicks walked with 1 out, moved to third base on Brett Gardner's single, and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's sac fly.
- Cessa recovered from the early beating to get through 6 innings with no more damage, and the bullpen was lights out behind him. With KC's bullpen matching their zeros, we went into extra innings again.
- Didi and Starlin were at it again in the top of the 13th, starting the inning with a single and double to create an easy run-scoring opportunity. Brian McCann provided the go-ahead run with another sac fly and Dellin Betances closed it down for the series win.
- 3-6 night with 2 ribbies for Starlin. He's really been swinging the bat well the last few weeks.
- 6 innings and 3 ER for Cessa, which is quite an accomplishment considering how badly the Royal hitters were knocking him around early.
- 7 combined no-hit innings of relief behind Cessa from the Yankee 'pen, which is incredible when you consider that the group of pitchers who accomplished that included Tommy Layne, Blake Parker, Chasen Shreve, and Ben Heller.
- Special shout out to Parker for providing 2 innings after Joe had to use Layne and Adam Warren in the bottom of the 9th.
- Hicks had to leave the game with a hamstring strain in the 9th inning. He was replaced by Aaron Judge and said it wasn't feeling great after the game, so he could be out a while. We'll see.