The Royals and Yankees engaged in a contest of baseball skill on a splendid evening at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo, on Saturday, and the Royals bested their opponents by a score of 8-4.
The Royals jumped out early, and led 3-0 after two innings. The Yankees then tied the game in the sixth, with big hits by DH Carlos Beltran and 3B Yangervis Solarte, but finally succumbed to the relentless pressure, as the Royals immediately answered with three runs in their half of the inning to re-seize command for good.
Danny Duffy (3-5 / 3.26 ERA) got the start for the Royals, and did good work. He went 5 and 2/3rds innings, gave up three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out four. He was cruising early, and held the Yanks scoreless through five innings before allowing all three runs in the sixth – all scoring with two outs – and was relieved by Aaron Crow.. with the game tied 3-3.
The Royals had a very successful night at the plate, with twelve hits (including home runs by Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer) and three walks. Royals catcher Perez put on quite a display of batting prowess. In addition to the homer (his sixth of the season), he hit a double and single, with three RBI. Lorenzo Cain also went 3 for 4, with a triple, continuing his excellent start to the season.
David Phelps, a 27 year-old swing-man with more relief appearances than starts in the past three years, started for the Yankees and was battered for ten hits and seven runs. Let’s hope this battering of Royals opponent pitchers becomes a trend.