I know I know. It’s Sunday morning and the games happened last night. I apologize. I was going to post this last night but I was too excited over the Shreve trade so I focused on that and then fell asleep on my couch fully clothed and ended up waking up this morning drenched in sweat like Rosie O’Donnell at a Golden Corral Buffet. So just deal with the lateness. It’s going to be a quick recap, nothing crazy. So read it and shut your mouth.
Lets see. Luis Severino on the mound against a team who just traded away their best player, Mike Moustakas, and the Yankees are -425 favorites. What could possibly go wrong? Answer: everything. Everything can go wrong apparently. Severino got shelled for 6 runs in 4.1 innings. Severino his last 4 starts has been getting worse and worse. It’s becoming alarming and hopefully he’s just hitting a rough pitch and he isn’t masking an injury or something. Kansas City’s runs came off of a two run double by Rosell Herrera in the third, making it 2-0 and was later followed up by a two run single by thorn in the Yankees side Sal Perez to make it 4-0 in the fifth. But that wasn’t it Lucas fucking Duda teed off right after Perez’s single, smashing a two run bomb off of Severino. This would end Sevys day and basically end any hopes of the Yankees sweeping the Royals who are an atrocious baseball team.
The Yankees did strike for a few runs in the bottom of the frame though. Stanton absolutely crushed a two run BOMB to deep center. It was an estimated 447 feet, I think it was longer. The homer scored homeboy Hicks playing in place of our gap toothed Jesus Aaron Judge. Fucking Jakob Junis. Such an asshole way to spell a name. But the blast made it 6-2. Closing the gap slowly. The next inning. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a single. Which was followed up by a Greg Bird bunt single. Two runners on with no outs? Lets go! Neil Walker who has been absolute flames for the Yankees the last week or so continued the onslaught with an RBI single to right center scoring Torres. Bird would move to third. Romine would kill the momentum slightly by grounding into a double play, although it did score Bird to make it a 6-4 game it wasn’t the outcome all of us were looking for. Now to the bottom of the seventh. Gregorius would hit a lead off single, young baby bomber Gleyber rips a ball to right which would score Didi. 6-5. But on the play Torres had a rookie mistake on the basepaths by attempting to take third on the play when he had an easy double and was the potential tying run. Not going to lie, it was a shitty decision on his part and kinda took the wind out of our sails. We went from having the tying run in scoring position with no outs to having nobody on base with an out in a one run game. Shitty feeling.
The Yankees wouldn’t score another run the rest of the game and eventually conceded the first game by a score of 10-5. Brian Goodwin smacked a three run blast off David Robertson in the eighth which completely put the game to bed and Duda hit a sac fly in the ninth to cap off the scoring for the Royals. The sac fly was more or less of KC putting an extra bullet in our heads to make sure we were dead. How kind…
After the game one loss, the Yankees would turn to veteran pitcher CC Sabathia later that night to salvage the second game for them. Yankees would jump ahead early in the game, thanks to an infield single by Miggy Andujar which ended up scoring Gardner to make it 1-0. Neil Walker would also end up hitting a sac fly later in the inning which scored Big Dick Stanton, 2-0 Yanks. Royals would cut the gap in the third inning thanks to a homer by Sal Perez. Fuck that guy. They should just avoid pitching to him at this point because apparently he takes against us. Score is 2-1 Yankees still. Yankees would get that run back though thanks to Shane Robinson hitting his first homerun of the season. 3-1 Yankees and this game is already looking better than this afternoon. Phew!
Wrong! The Royals would score in three straight innings to eventually take the lead. Sabathia would lose his composure in the fifth inning. He let up a one out single to Merrifield, followed by an infield single to Herrera, then a walk to douche flute Perez to load the bases. He would get the second out of the inning, a strikeout to Bonifacio, only to walk Lucas Duda to bring in a run. 3-2 Yankees. Holder would come in to relief after the walk and get the third out. Holder who has been great in relief for the Yankees ran into some trouble in the sixth though. Goodwin would leadoff with a single and would later be sacrificed over to second by Escobar. Holder would get the second out and then walk Merrifield to put two runners on base. The Yankees turned to Chad Green to get out of the jam. But he didn’t. He let up a single to Rosell Herrera to tie the game at 3 a piece. Fucking A.
Zach Britton would come out to pitch the seventh inning for the Yankees with game still tied at 3. He struck out the first batter he faced and then got Duda to ground out. Two away on 5 pitches. Then the wheels came the fuck off. I don’t know what happened but after letting up a double to Dozier, Britton lost whatever confidence he had. The next batter Brian Goodwin would reach base on a slow roller to third. So now the Royals have runners on the corners with two outs. Yikes. Britton then continued to walk the next two batters he faced on EIGHT pitches. It was unbelievable. He just had not command of anything. The second batter he walked brought in the go ahead run making it 4-3 in favor of Kansas City. He would eventually throw a strike to the next batter which would followed by a sarcastic cheer from the crowd. He eventually got Merrifield to ground out to end the inning but the damage was already done.
Betances would pitch a scoreless top half of the eighth as he continues to be lights out as of late. Brian Flynn would come in to pitch the bottom half of the inning for KC. Bad mistake. On the second pitch he threw in his appearance he left a fastball right in the wheelhouse of Greg Bird who jacked a shot to deep right and into the Yankees bullpen. This shot tied the game at 4-4 and had the stadium rocking! Neil Walker would follow up the homer by ripping a double to right center as he continues to be the hottest thing in the streets of New York. This would end Flynn’s night. Austin Romine would come in to pinch hit and deliver with a bunt single down the first base line. This moved Walker, the go ahead run to third. Torres would also come in to pinch hit and was walked to load the bases. Hicks would come through with the most underrated play in baseball, the sacrifice fly, to put the Yankees ahead 5-4. They weren’t able to score anything else that inning but the sac fly was enough for them in this one. Chapman would come in to close out the game in the ninth. After a horrible performance last weekend against the debacle of a team called the Mets. He showed he still had it and was able to show some vintage Chapman pitching. He secured his 27th save of the season and was able to secure a split in the doubleheader. If we would have lost both to the Royals I might have just ended it last night. So thank you boys for pulling through and keeping me on this planet for one more day at least. The Yankees close out the series today against the Royals as they throw out newly acquired J.A. Happ to start the game for them. Lets get another win guys. Go Yankees!