By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 10th, 2013
New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 11 Royals 6
The Yankees after a lack of offense in Colorado looked like a completely different team in Kansas City in the win over the Royals, as they scored more runs on Friday night than the entire series in Colorado. The win moves the Yankees to (21-13), and they still hold a slight lead for first place in the AL East.
Phil Hughes was pitching very well coming in to this start, but Friday Hughes wasn’t at his best, but with run support he was able to pick up his second win of the season. Hughes went 5.2 innings allowing six runs on seven hits, and two walks. The long ball hurt Hughes in this one, as he gave up two homeruns to Jarrod Dyson in the second inning, and then Mike Moustakas in the sixth.
Shawn Kelley was the real savior for the Yankees out of the bullpen, as he had his best performance of the season. Kelley went 2.1 innings and had six strikeouts, as with a lot of relievers being used in Colorado Kelley’s work was very important.
Most Yankees had a good night at the plate, but Lyle Overbay really stood out with a monster game. Overbay led the Yankees with four hits in five at-bats, which included his sixth homerun of the season to go along with five RBIs, as Overbay now has 20 RBIs for the season.
Ichiro Suzuki also went deep off Royals pitching for his second homerun of the season in the second inning. Ichiro went three for five at the plate, with two RBIs, three runs scored, and a stolen base for a great overall game.
After a milestone day against the Rockies on Thursday, Robinson Cano followed it up with another good game at the plate. Cano went two for five with his 21st RBI of the season, and stole his second base of the season.
Jayson Nix was part of the bottom of the Yankee order that played very well, as he got the start at Shortstop for the injured Eduardo Nunez. Nix went two for three at the plate, with a double, a walk, and three runs scored.
Next up for the Yankees will be game two of the series with the Royals, as Andy Pettitte (3-2, 4.06) will be on the mound looking to bounce back from some bad starts, and will be facing a familiar face in former Rays Pitcher James Shields (2-2, 2.52).