The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals by a score of 9-7 this evening. Ivan Nova got the win after the bullpen got the final eleven Royals out, and Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Russell Martin all picked up multiple RBIs. With the win, the Yankees move to 74-46 on the season and are a half game up on the Red Sox in the division

Not sure what's going on here / AP, Charlie Riedel

Recap

 

IP

H

R

ER

K

BB

Nova

5.1

9

7

7

2

1

Duffy

3

8

8

8

3

2

The big story of tonight’s game was the 13 runs scored by both teams after three and a half innings of play. The Yankees jumped out to eight runs due mostly to Robinson Cano, who had two hits for four RBIs in that span. More impressive was the seven foul balls he hit before smacking a three-run homer to right-center. This came after a half-inning where Robby’s best friend and former Yankee teammate Melky Cabrera hit a home run of his own to give the Royals three runs in the third.

Ivan Nova once again ran into trouble with the Royals tonight. This is the second time this season he has allowed 7+ earned runs against them, with the other time coming on May 12th. The huge issue is that a spot in the starting rotation would have been Nova’s to lose if he continued his hot pitching from July until now. Now, it really is back to the drawing board for Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman, and the Yankee brain trust to figure out who can take the mound for the Yankees in the playoffs.

On a side note, I don’t even feel like this needs to be mentioned because of how frequently it has happened – the Yankee bullpen really is just dominant. Boone Logan, Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera retired the final eleven Royals they faced. 

The player of the game whose stat line doesn’t look amazing? Has gotta be Mark Teixeira – he had a hit, an RBI, and scored twice… but he also made a miraculous play at first in the sixth to prevent an Alcides Escobar double that would have tied the game.

What’s Next?

The Yankees look to sweep the series in KC with one final 8:10 start in Missouri before heading north to face the Twins.

8:10 PM, YES. Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.31 ERA) vs. Bruce Chen (7-5, 4.15 ERA)