By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 10th, 2013
Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Royals 1 Yankees 8
The New York Yankees offense finally woke up after three straight games of scoring just one run, which resulted in a three-game losing streak. The win moves the Yankees to (49-42) on the season, but are still in fourth place in the AL East, and six games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place.
Royals Starter Wade Davis got roughed up in this one, as he earned his eighth loss of the season. The Yankees first run of the game came on a wild pitch by Davis, which allowed Brett Gardner to score. Robinson Cano had a nice day at the plate going three for four, and in the third inning he took Davis deep for a three-run home run, which was his 21st of the season. The big blow against Davis came in the sixth inning, when Lyle Overbay hit a Grand Slam to break the game wide open. For Overbay it was his 11th home run of the season. Davis was pulled right after the Grand Slam from Overbay, as he went five innings allowing eight runs on six hits and three walks.
Ivan Nova had yet another good start, as it seems that he has figured out some of the things that were plaguing him for most of the calendar year, and he earned his fourth win of the season. Nova went eight innings allowing just one run on five hits, two walks, and he had six strikeouts. The only run to come off of Nova came in the eighth inning, when Eric Hosmer hit a double which scored Alcides Escobar. In Nova's last two starts he has combined to pitch 17 innings allowing just three runs on eight hits, with 17 strikeouts.
The injury bug got to the Yankees however once again in the later innings, as Brett Gardner was forced to leave the game in the seventh inning after getting hit by a pitch on the leg, and he is listed as day-to-day. Travis Hafner was also forced to leave the game with a left foot bruise, and is also listed as day-to-day.
Next up for the Yankees on Thursday afternoon will be the final game of the four-game series against the Royals, as Andy Pettitte (6-6, 4.37) will be facing Ervin Santana (5-5, 2.90). Most noticeably on Thursday however will be the return of Derek Jeter to the lineup in the Designated Hitter spot.