The KC Royals were swept in NY, losing 4-2 in the afternoon finale. The Royals have now lost four in a row as they head to Chicago for a three-game series beginning Friday.
This afternoon’s game got off to such a great start, as Mike Moustakas connected for his fifth home run of the season.
The Yankees once again used the long ball to defeat the Royals. Brian McCann hit his second homer of the series, a solo shot in the second to start the inning. In the third, Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to give the Yankees the lead.
About an hour after manager Ned Yost announced that Danny Duffy will return to the rotation when he returns from the DL, starter Chris Young made the start. Young has been the Royals best starter and it really would be a shame to shuffle him back to the bullpen.
Young was just like all the other Royals starters of late this afternoon. He allowed the four runs on the two homers (seven total hits and two walks) over six innings.
Ryan Madson escaped a 7th inning jam (two hits and a walk) before Franklin Morales pitched a perfect eighth.
Michael Pineda allowed six hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out the final three batters he faced to give him eight total.
The Royals best scoring chance against Pineda came in the fifth when they had runners at second and third base with one out. However, Moose and Lorenzo Cain struck out. Apparently, Pineda made some adjustments after the Royals handed him his first loss of the season on May 15th.
The Royals scored an unearned run in the eighth against Dellin Betances. LoCain walked and after a strikeout, he stole second base. Kendrys Morales then reached on an error (LoCain scored). Betances then struck out the next two batters, both called third strikes.
The Royals collected eight hits, three by leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar. Morales chipped in two hits.