The last three days have seen a lot of action by the Yankees, with only some of it coming on the field. After completing a couple trades, the Yankees got back on the field to open up a series against the Royals.
On the field, it went mostly well. Sonny Gray had his third decent start in a row. The offense did have a ton of problems scoring against the Royals’ pitching. They picked up a 7-2 win, but it may have come at a cost.
The Yankees’ offense struck pretty quickly in the bottom of the first. Aaron Judge was hit on the wrist by a Jakob Junis pitch, and was looked at by the trainers. He remained in the game, however, and moved to third on a Didi Gregorius double in the next bat. Judge then scored on Giancarlo Stanton’s sac fly, giving the Yankees a early lead. After Aaron Hicks walked, Gleyber Torres grounded one right at Adalberto Mondesi. Thankfully for the Yankees, Mondesi bobbled the ball, and Gregorius scored to double the lead.
Gray got into and out of jam in the top of the third, and the Yankees’ offense similarly stranded runners in the bottom of the inning. After a cleaner inning from Gray in the fourth, the Yankees added to their lead in the bottom half of that inning. Neil Walker reached on an infield single to start the run, and he came all the way around to score when Austin Romine hit a double into the gap in the next at bat.
At that point a worrying situation arose, when Judge did not come back out for his third plate appearance. He picked up a single after the hit by pitch, but Miguel Andujar was sent up before Judge could come back up. He apparently went for an X-Ray, but at least at time of writing, there was no further news.
Gregorius then made up for it with a three-run home run after Andujar reached via error. An inning later, the Yankees picked up another insurance run. A Greg Bird sac fly brought the run home after Hicks and Torres had both picked up hits.
Gray didn’t come back out for the sixth inning, possibly in part because he had been hit on the hand by a comebacker in the fifth. He had managed to stay in the game and finish off the inning, however. He too was getting X-Rays at some point. Adam Warren was tasked with relieving Gray, and he quickly allowed a double and a home run to Salvador Perez to start the inning.
Warren settled down after that, and David Roberston followed that up with a scoreless seventh inning. Zach Britton then made his Yankee debut in the eighth, throwing a perfect inning.
The Yankees didn’t add any more runs after the Royals’ cut into their lead, but they wouldn’t need anymore. Chasen Shreve labored a bit, but finished off the 7-2 win. He got a giant assist on Alex Gordon attempting to score on Hicks, but instead getting thrown out at home.
A win is a win, but until we know the story with Judge, this one only can only feel good up to a certain point.