With runners on first and third and nobody out, Whit Merrifield flew out to New York Yankees right-fielder Clint Frazier. Frazier caught it on a hop and threw home to get Martin Maldonado out, as he was attempting to tag-up. The throw hit 95 MPH. It helped CC Sabathia work out of a third inning mess with giving up just one run. This helped pave the way for a 6-2 Yankee win over the Royals.
CC Sabathia had another great start over five innings. He gave up three hits and zero earned runs, striking out five in his first win of the year. A couple third inning errors by himself and Luke Voit allowed for one unearned run to cross. He continued to thrive by working weak contact.
CC is very close to three huge milestones. He is three wins away from 250, six strikeouts away from 3,000, and 20 innings away from 3,500 on his career.
Through ten innings this season, CC hasn’t given up a single earned run. He continues to have success in pitching after a Yankee loss. That was also CC’s 22nd win over the Royals in his hall-of-fame career.
Unlikely power figures
Brett Gardner had a two-run home run, and Mike Tauchman had a solo-shot to lead the Yankees. The home runs were in the third ind fifth innings, respectively.
The Yankees added two more in the sixth, thanks to a sacrifice fly hit by DJ LeMahieu, and Luke Voit scored on a wild pitch ball four that put Clint Frazier on.
In the seventh, Tyler Wade laid down a good bunt that resulted in a throwing error, scoring Kyle Higashioka. Wade was the only Yankee with multiple hits.
Game three of this four game set will be on Saturday at 1:05PM. The game will be live on MLB Network, YES Network, and FOX Sports Go. Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball for the Yankees against Heath Fillmyer of the Royals.