Rapid Reaction: Yankees 10, Royals 4
May, 6, 2012
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
Royal butt-kicking: The Yankees crushed the Royals 10-4 to escape with a split against a team with one of the worst records in baseball. Still, considering what was really lost this weekend -- Mariano Rivera, remember him? -- it seems like a rather hollow victory indeed.
Phil Hughes-ful: Pitching for his rotation spot, Phil Hughes turned in his best effort of the season, which may not seem like much considering his first five outings. But this one was good regardless -- 6-2/3 IP, 6 H, 3R, 7K only 1 BB -- and his velocity was as high as 96 mph, which he carried throughout his game. Hughes' 115th pitch of the game was 95 mph. Unfortunately, Humberto Quintero hit it into the left-field seats. So it was also his last pitch. Still, he way out-pitched his rival, Andy Pettitte, who was getting lit up in Rochester.
Rockin' Robby: With one swing of the bat, Robinson Cano doubled his home run and RBI totals for the season, and broke the game open with a third-inning grand slam off Royals starter Luke Hochevar. Cano's blast to right traveled an estimated 419 feet and gave him 2 HRs, 8 RBIs in what has been a slow start to his season.
Guess who's back?: Nick Swisher, one of the most productive hitters in the lineup before going down with a hamstring strain a week ago, picked up where he left off with a solo home run in the third to chase Hochevar. Even after a week on the sidelines, Swisher leads the team in RBIs with 24.
A-Bomb: Alex Rodriguez got into the act in the eighth inning, crushing a 1-1 pitch from reliever Tommy Hottovy into the left-field seats with two aboard to give the Yankees a 10-3 lead. It was No. 5 for A-Rod, who now has 14 RBIs.
Ol' man Ibanez Raul-ing along: A month shy of the big 4-0, Raul Ibanez had two hits, an RBI single in the second and a double in the seventh. He also made a good running catch in the alley to end the eighth.
Captain, do you read me?: Derek Jeter dodged a potentially embarrassing moment when a sixth-inning pitch momentarily eluded Royals catcher Quintero, who noticed Jeter wandering off the bag and fired down. Luckily for The Captain, he just got back in time.
High Falu-tin': Royals shortstop Irving Falu , making his major league debut after nine seasons in the minors, hit the second pitch he saw from Hughes into the right-field corner for a triple. In his next at-bat, he singled. The third time, Hughes struck him out. Still, .667 is a pretty good start.
Junk science: The weather forecast called for thunder showers all day long, with a 100 percent chance of rain between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. At precisely 3 p.m. local time, the sun came out. Not a drop of rain fell the entire game.
What's coming: I'll be writing about the Return of Cano, doncha know, who provides a ray of sunshine on what was an otherwise dreary weekend for the Yankees in K.C. Also, assorted blog items from the getaway day clubhouse.
What's next: Off-day tomorrow, followed by a six-game homestand starting with three against the Tampa Bay Rays. Pitching matchups for the Rays series: Ivan Nova (3-1, 5.88) vs. RHP James Shields (5-0, 3.05) on Tuesday; David Phelps (0-1, 3.74) vs. RHP Jeff Niemann (2-3, 4.05) on Wednesday and CC Sabathia (4-0, 4.15) vs. LHP David Price (5-1, 2.35) on Thursday. All games at 7:05 p.m.
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