The Yankees have officially won 3 out of 4 against the Kansas City Royals. Life is good and with the unfortunate injury to Aaron Judge the Yankees haven’t really missed a beat. They remain 5.5 games behind Boston in the division but they just have to play damage control until they get fully healthy and hopefully steal some games against them this weekend.
J.A. Happ made his Yankees debut this afternoon and did not disappoint. He notched the win today and finished with the stat line of 6 innings pitched, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk and he surrendered 3 hits alongside 1 run. Not bad at all. He looked very dominant out on the hill today and the Yankees bats definitely took some pressure off of him.
The Yankees opened the scoring early in the contest for the second day in a row. After Didi Gregorius worked a two out walk, Aaron Hicks delivered a blast to right field for a two run homer that rang off the foul pole and put the Yankees out in front 2-0. The Yankees wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the fourth when Miggy Andujar, who continues to just dominate at the plate, came through with a two out single that was able to score Hicks. Andujar = Rookie of the Year. Be prepared because it’s happening. The RBI single extended the Yankees lead to 3-0 as Happ continued to cruise on the mound. The Yankees would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. One run off of a fielders choice and the other off of a Greg Bird infield single. This would make it 5-0 and the Yankees just never looked back.
The Royals would get a run off of Happ eventually. In the sixth inning chubby bitch boy Sal Perez went deep for what seems like the hundredth time this series. Luckily it was only a solo shot and the Yankees were still up 5-1. The Yankees would get that run back in the bottom of the inning by way of a Giancarlo Stanton sac fly, making it a 6-1 game and giving the Yankees another insurance run.
Happs day would be over after a solid six innings of work in his debut. Chad Green would come out to start the seventh and what do you know… a guy who has been struggling for us let’s up a lead off homerun to Hunter Dozier. Not even the good Dozier. The shitty one. Nonetheless it’s now a 6-2 game. He would rebound and get out of the inning without much trouble. Onto the eight inning where David Robertson would come out to pitch and just like Green he decides to say fuck it and lets up a lead off homer to Rosell Herrera. I have no clue what’s getting into our bullpen lately but they have been dropping the ball as of late and that’s never a good thing. DRob would also rebound and get the next three batters out with no issue leaving it at a 6-3 game.
Chapman trotted out for the save opportunity in the top of the ninth and clearly was flooding with confidence after his appearance last night. Chapman threw 16 pitches and struck out the side. Notching a 1-2-3 inning, giving us a 6-3 win over the Royals and closing the door on a series that gave us a little trouble. But three out of four ain’t bad and it keeps the gap with Boston intact and didn’t dig our hole any deeper. The Yankees now have a day off tomorrow followed by a two game series against Baltimore which hopefully leads into an easy two wins before they head up to Boston. (I’ll be attending the game on Friday and most likely going to jail, should be fun) But lets focus on winning games like we have been doing and staying healthy. And as always Lets Go Yankees!