In the ninth inning last night in the Bronx, and after Aroldis Chapman blew the save for the New York Yankees, it looked like another loss to the Kansas City Royals, but in the bottom, Gary Sanchez hit a home run, and Luke Voit drove in the winning run with a walk-off hit. The Yankees won the game 6-5. A season record of 25,032 fans watched the game at the Stadium.
Michael King give up two
Last night Michael King ate up 4.2 innings for the Yankees, giving up two runs in the process. King wasn’t particularly good or particularly bad. He, like Kansas City starter Danny Duffy, wasn’t involved in the game’s decision. Kansas City took the early lead in the game, with King giving up two runs, but in the fourth inning, the Yankees came back with Torres walking for the second walk in the inning. Frazier hit a two-run double to the center-field wall to knot up the game at two apiece.
Taylor led off the fifth inning by striking out swinging. Lopez walked. Merrifield flew out to Judge in center for the second out. Lopez took second on a wild pitch. Santana was intentionally walked. A pitch hit Sebastian Rivero, and that was the night for Michael King.
Rollercoaster game rollercoaster Yankees
Last night was the mirror image of the New York Yankees season. The game was up and down for the Yankees, with the lead being exchanged several times. The game was tied at two to being the eighth inning. The top of the eighth saw Carlos Santana at the plate against the new Yankee pitcher Zack Britton. Santana hit one into the left-field bleachers for the Royals lead in the game. However, that wouldn’t last as Frazier walked in the bottom, and Odor hit a two-run home run into the bullpen in left field as the New York Yankee took the lead in the game.
The Yankees had the 4-3 lead when Aroldis Chapman stepped onto the mound in the ninth. In an uncustomarily bad inning, Chapman allowed two runners and then intentionally walked Santana to load the bases. Chapman then faced the rookie Rivero who walked the game tied. Then, on a slow roller by O’Hearn, the Royals took the 5-4 lead. In the bottom, Gary Sanchez homered to tie it back up again. Giancarlo Stanton set the stage by singling. But then, with pinch-runner Tyler Wade at second, Luke Voit hit a long one to the left-field wall driving in Wade for the Yankee walk-off win. It was the Yankee’s sixth walk-off of the season.
Yankees still fail to bring runners home
The New York Yankees are still failing to bring runners home as they leave men on base. Last night’s game could have been a bloodbath for the Royals as they issued 11 walks to the Yankees. But as all season, the Yankees, with heavy traffic on the bases, could only muster up 6 runs. The Yankees last night were 2 for 6 leaving 10 men on base. Twice in the game, the Yankees left the bases loaded.