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The Yankees scored more runs in the second inning Friday night at Kansas City than they scored in each of the three games of the recent series at Coors Field. The Denver yard is supposed to be hitter-friendly, yet the Yanks were shut out in one game and scored three runs in each of the next two games. In the second inning at Kauffman Stadium, supposedly a pitcher-friendly facility, the Yankees exploded for four runs off Wade Davis on a pair of two-run home runs by Ichiro Suzuki and Lyle Overbay. Go figure.
This was the sort of game expected in Denver. The Yankees broke out for 16 hits, half of them for extra bases, to produce an 11-6 victory, Joe Girardi’s 500th as Yankees manager.
The Royals closed to 4-3 in the bottom of the second as Phil Hughes fell victim to the long ball, which he had avoided in his previous three starts. It came from an unexpected source, too. Jayson Dyson ended Hughes’ 23-inning homerless stretch and a two-year homerless streak of his own with a two-out, three-run blow that was the outfielder’s first home run since 2010 and only his second in 473 career at-bats.
Hughes, who was 1-0 with three no-decisions and 1.93 ERA over his past four starts, was not as effective this time out. A two-run double by Alex Gordon in the fifth inning tied the score at 5, but the Yankees came to Phil’s rescue by putting up a five-spot in the sixth. They chased Davis with a double by Suzuki and a single by Jayson Nix and then did their usual damage against Bruce Chen.
The lefthander has found a home with the Royals, his 10th club, the past few years, but wherever he has been the Yankee have given him trouble. He has a 2-6 career record against them and had his ERA climb to 6.87 in 77 1/3 innings against the Yankees after they had their way with him in this game as well.
Overbay, who had quite a night (4-for-5, five RBI), knocked in his fourth run of the game with his second double. Chris Nelson got his first two RBI since joining the Yankees with a single. He scored on a triple by Brett Gardner, who came home on a single by Robinson Cano as the Yanks went 4-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the inning.
Hughes was toast one batter after yielding a long solo homer to right by Mike Moustakas in the bottom of the sixth. The bullpen was a bit thin after five relievers worked in Thursday’s rain-delayed victory. Shawn Kelley was nothing short of brilliant by striking out the first five batters he faced and six of seven. Boone Logan added two more strikeouts in a perfect ninth. Nine of the Royals’ last 11 hitters struck out.
Ichiro had 3-for-5 to raise his career batting average at Kauffman Stadium to .377, the highest of any opposing player in the park’s 40-year history. This place may not be so pitcher friendly after all.
What good is giving the umpires access to a video replay to make calls on questionable home runs if they get it wrong anyway? That clearly was the case Wednesday night at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium that cost Bartolo Colon and the Yankees a run in the third inning.
At issue was a drive to left-center by Royals designated hitter Billy Butler that was called a home run. Yankees manager Joe Girardi immediately argued the call and persuaded second base umpire Dana DeMuth to review the play, which Major League Baseball put into effect two years ago.
Left fielder Brett Gardner retrieved the ball and seeing DeMuth signaling home run merely tossed it back to the infield. Butler kept running around the bases, but the Yankees were sure he would be told to go no farther than second base upon review of the play by the umps.
Various replays showed that the ball hit a barrier at the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. It was as clear as could be that the ball did not go over the barrier, which the grounds rules call for to make it a home run. Yet four sets of eyes reviewing the play upheld the original call. What was funny was to watch Butler in the Kansas City dugout as he first reached for his helmet perhaps thinking he would have to return to the field and then making a sheepish grin to teammates as he put the helmet back into the rack.
How about the reaction of Mariano Rivera? Baseball’s model of cool and collected behavior for years, Rivera was livid in the dugout about the umpires’ decision. At one point, he got into a shouting match with plate umprire Chad Fairchild and had to be restrained by Girardi to avoid being thrown out of a game he might have been called on later to save.
For that to happen, however, the Yankees would have had to regain the lead that Colon lost. Butler’s home run was the second of the third inning off Colon. The other, a three-run shot by Alex Gordon, was more damaging because it wiped out a 2-0 deficit. Curtis Granderson got the Yankees started in the first inning with his 34th home run and also scored the second run in the third when he doubled and came home on a two-out single by Nick Swisher.
Colon seemed a bit out of sorts with too many pitches staying up in the zone and was outpitched by journeyman lefthander Bruce Chen, who is pitching for his 10th major-league club and entered the game with a career record against the Yankees of 1-5 with a 6.71 ERA. Colon was gone after five innings after allowing five earned runs and seven hits in 99 pitches. With a six-man rotation still in place while Freddy Garcia recovers from a finger injury, the Yankees may have to consider Colon as a possible candidate to go to the bullpen.
As for that Butler home run, it turned out to be the difference maker in a 5-4 Royals victory. The Yankees cut the margin to one with a run in the ninth off shaky closer Joakim Soria. The run was scored by Derek Jeter, who was 4-for-5 and is now batting .290, on a sacrifice fly by Robinson Cano.
The Yanks had the bases loaded with two out and birthday boy Jorge Posada, who turned 40, at the plate. A hit there would have been than a birthday cake for Jorgie, but he was called out on strikes, a tough way to end a birthday.
Among the most pleasurable things for Yankees fans to watch is Brett Gardner running out a triple. Those in attendance Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium got to view that thrill with two out in the bottom of the second inning when Gardner hit a ball in the gap in right-center and took off for the races.
It was the first hit for the Yankees off Royals starter Kyle Davies, who had set down the previous eight batters in order. The second hit came quickly for the Yankees as Derek Jeter hit a 3-2 pitch on the ground up the middle for a single to score Gardner. It was nice to see DJ keep showing the hitting stroke he showed on the recent trip.
The lead proved short-lived, however, as Freddy Garcia gave up a home run to Melky Cabrera leading off the third. The reaction from the crowd was mixed. Amid the usual boos one hears when an opposing players homers were some cheers for a former Yankees player who was a popular guy during his time with the team.
A much more conditioned Melky was on display. He dropped about 20 pounds in the off-season and appeared pretty ripped as the results of a new weight-training regimen. Cabrera already has four home runs and 22 RBI for Kansas City. He is also playing a strong center field and is tied with teammate Alex Gordon, the left fielder, for the American League in outfield assists with 4.
Speaking of outfield assists, how about Nick Swisher coming to Garcia’s aid in the fifth? Swish may be struggling with the bat, but with runners on first and second he saved the Yankees at least one run with a belly-flop catch in right field of a low liner by Chris Getz for the third out.