Hiroki Kuroda game in and game out has been the Yankees most consistent pitcher this season. He’s kept the team in the game whether he has his good stuff or not. Today, he improved to 5-2 on the year, going 7.2 innings, giving up two runs, as the Yankees beat the Royals 4-2 and swept the weekend series in Kansas City.
The Royals took an early lead. Jarrod Dyson led off the the game with a double, was bunted over to third, and scored on a sac fly by Alex Gordon. No Royal would reach base again until the fifth inning. The Yankees would respond in a big way in the third. Chris Stewart got a one out single, and two batters later, Robinson Cano hit a big blast for his 10th homer of the year. Vernon Wells would follow with his ninth homer of the year. It’s the first time the Yankees hit back to back homers this year.Wells would drive in another run in the fifth two batters after Brett Gardner doubled. The Royals would get their second and last run in the eighth. Elliot Johnson doubled, went to third on a flyout and scored on a groundout by Alcides Escobar.
YGY Player Of The Game: Wells
The Yankees head to Cleveland to play a doubleheader against the Indians to make up for the rainouts back in April. The first game is at 12:05, with David Phelps facing Justin Masterson. Game two will be Vidal Nuno against Trevor Bauer, 25 minutes after the conclusion of game one.
Notes: Ivan Nova was going to be a candidate to pitch one of the games, however, he felt a pull in his oblique. Eduardo Nunez was placed on the 15 day DL with a rib injury. Alberto Gonzalez had his contract purchased while Mark Teixeira was transferred on the 60 day DL. Look for either Brett Marshall or Corban Joseph to be called up tomorrow as the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader.
Last, but certainly not least, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there.