The Yankees earn a split with K.C. in captain’s return
The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon. The final score was 8-4 and the game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Andy Pettitte started and struggled early again and then settled down. The bullpen was very good and Jeter had a hit, an RBI and a run scored.
Pettitte gave up four runs and three earned in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up eight hits and a walk with a strikeout. Pettitte won his seventh game of the season, Shawn Kelley pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and striking out two, Dave Robertson pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out the sides and Boone Logan pitched a perfect inning.
Ichiro Suzuki had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Jeter had a hit, and an RBI and Robinson Cano had a hit and drew a walk. Vernon Wells had an RBI and drew a walk, Lyle Overbay had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk and Zoilo Almonte had two hits and an RBI. Eduardo Nunez had two hits and an RBI, Luis Cruz had a hit and Austin Romine had two hits and an RBI. Romine hit a double and the Yankees were 5-11 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Suzuki had a stolen base; Pettitte and Nunez each committed an error.
Ervin Santana took his sixth loss of the season. He pitched five innings giving up ten hits and eight runs. Santana walked three and struck out four. Tim Collins pitched a perfect inning, Donnie Joseph pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and drew a walk and Louis Coleman pitched 1 2/3 innings striking out four.
Alex Gordon had a hit, Alcides Escobar had two hits and an RBI and Eric Hosmer had a hit. Billy Butler drew a walk, Salvador Perez had a hit and two RBI and Lorenzo Cain had a hit and an RBI. Johnny Giavotella had a hit, David Lough had three hits and Perez hit a double. The Royals were 2-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Cain had an outfield assist.
In the first the Royals scored three runs to take a 3-0 lead. Perez hit a two run double and Cain hit a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the first Jeter had an infield single and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Wells. It was 3-1 Royals. The Royals made it a 4-1 game in the second. Escobar hit an RBI single and in the bottom of the inning the Yankees scored two runs to make it 4-3. Romine hit an RBI double and Suzuki an RBI single. In the fifth the Yankees took the lead for good. Overbay hit a two run single to make it 5-4 Yankees and Almonte hit an RBI single and Nunez hit an RBI single to make it a 7-4 game. The Yankees would score the final run of the game in the sixth. Jeter hit an RBI groundout and then he came out of the game in the eighth with a sore quadriceps. He will go for an MRI, it seems to be minor.
The Yankees have now won two in a row and split the four game series. They improved their record to 50-42 and the Royals record dropped to 43-46. The Yankees will begin a three game series at home against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.