The New York Yankees were able to pick up a very important victory in Kansas City against the Royals on Monday evening. The win moves the Yankees to 68-61 on the season, which puts them three games behind the Seattle Mariners for the second Wild Card spot.
Michael Pineda made yet another good start for the Yankees, as he earned his third win of the season. He went 6.1 innings allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts in the victory. The only dent the Royals were able to put into Pineda, was in the third inning, when Mike Moustakas hit a solo-homerun.
In what was a bit of a shocking development on Monday, the Yankees’ offense got to James Shields. Shields was handed his seventh loss of the season, and was roughed up pretty well by the Yankees. Derek Jeter knocked in the first Yankees’ run with a RBI groundout in the third inning. Stephen Drew would break a tie game in the fourth inning with a solo-homerun, which was his sixth of the season.
Shields’ night would get ugly in the seventh inning starting with a solo-homerun by Martin Prado, his fourth with the Yankees. Back to back RBI singles from Jacoby Ellsbury and Jeter would make it a 5-1 game, and then a sac-fly from Brian McCann would score the Yankees’ sixth and final run against Shields.
For good measure in the ninth inning the Yankees would tack on two more runs from a two-run homerun by Jacoby Ellsbury, which was his 11th of the season.
David Huff did a good job out of the bullpen for the Yankees, pitching the final 2.2 innings, and saving the arms of Dellin Betances and David Robertson from some unnecessary work.
Next up for the Yankees will be a crucial series against the Detroit Tigers on the road, as on Tuesday night Brandon McCarthy (8-12, 4.01) will be facing off against Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10)