Can we please face lefties forever?
The Yankee offense that had seemingly been missing for the past few games finally came to, scoring six runs off Royals starter Bruce Chen. Mark Teixeira, who has always had success off Chen, hit a two-run home run in the first inning to put the Yankees on the board. Lefty Killer Derek Jeter had a two-run home run and single in the game, bringing his season total against lefties to .575/.571/1.000.
Eduardo Nunez took a walk, stole a base, and hit an RBI triple. Aside from Jeter and Teixeira, he was the only other Yankee to reach base more than once. Every starter (even Cano!) not named Jayson Nix had at least a hit in the game, but he was pinch hit for with DeWayne Wise, who got his first hit as a Yankee with a double. The majority of the scoring came in the seventh inning when the Yankees rallied with two outs to score four runs.
For the third straight time, CC Sabathia pitched eight strong innings, and gave up only two runs to end the Yankees' losing streak at three. The only Royals runs came in the first inning, after which Sabathia settled down and went on to strike out five in the game. He allowed seven hits, but five of them went for extra bases. Luckily for CC, he worked ahead in the count for most of the night and was able to keep any further runs off the board.
Likely closer-to-be David Robertson pitched the final inning in a non-save situation. If this was D-Rob's audition, it would be hard to argue that he doesn't deserve the spot. He struck out the side easily. No Houdini magic necessary. Robertson has now struck out the last seven batters he's faced, and nine of the last ten.
Comment of the Game: MattF15 for saying what we were all thinking before the game even started.