After dropping three of four to the Astros over the weekend, the Yankees had a chance to fatten up against the AL Central's last place Royals; and fatten up, they did. In the first game of a three game set and six game road trip, the Yankees topped the Royals 7-1.
CC bounces back
After getting knocked around in his last few outings, Sabathia rebounded in Kansas City. He wasn't quite as good as his line indicates, as there were a handful of hard hit balls that found the fielders' mitts, but he needed this nonetheless. In 6.2 innings, Sabathia didn't allow a run. He struck out 4, walked 2, and gave up 5 hits.
Sabathia was quite efficient, ending his outing with only 85 pitches. He left the game with the bases loaded in the 7th while the Yankees were up 6-0. Tyler Clippard escaped the jam when he struck out Whit Merrifield. Speaking of T-Clip, how good has he been? Though it seems like he's teetering on the ledge given how many fly balls he induces, his results can't be ignored. Including tonight's outing, Clippard has a 1.08 ERA, 3.02 FIP, and 11.88 K/9. Hopefully he keeps it up during Aroldis Chapman's absence.
Gary is scary
The YES broadcast discussed Royals' starter Jason Hammel's previous difficulty when the lineup turns over quite a bit this evening. For reference, here's what his times through the order splits look like this year:
The first time through the lineup, Hammel has been OK. That held true tonight. Once the lineup comes up again, though, yikes. On cue, in the third inning, leadoff hitter Brett Gardner walked in his second trip to the plate. Right after that, with runners on first and second (Chris Carter singled to start the frame), Gary Sanchez hit a blast over the center field wall to open the scoring, making it 3-0 Yankees.
Carter breaks out
In the fourth, Carter got his second look at Hammel. In a seemingly effortless swing, the first baseman took the Royals' starter deep to center for a two-run shot to up the lead to 5-0. It was only Carter's second home run of the season. Maybe he's about to start a home run barrage? That would be nice.
Overall, Carter had a nice game, his best with the Yankees by far. He was 3-4, with the other two hits being singles. The righty slugger scored twice and didn't strike out.
- Jonathan Holder's scoreless inning streak is over. It wasn't anything overwhelming, but the rookie reliever hadn't allowed a run in six games and 7.2 innings, dating back to April 30th against Baltimore. He's been rock solid in middle relief. Holder's streak would have continued had Whit Merrifield not beaten out a potential game ending double play. Instead, it was an RBI groundout that made the score 7-1 and closed off Holder's short run.
- Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday were the only Yankees without hits, though Gardner did reach via walk. Five Yankees had multi-hit games: Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, and Chris Carter. Just about everyone got in on the action.
- Tomorrow's game starts at 8:15pm. Michael Pineda takes on the league's ERA leader, Jason Vargas. That's right, veteran lefty Jason Vargas has a 1.01 ERA. It's about time he regresses, right?