On paper, the matchup between Michael Pineda and Chris Young would have appeared to be quite the pitcher’s duel. Both had been stellar thus far this season, and one would have expected a low scoring game. Well, a sixth inning explosion for the Kansas City Royals offense took care of that, as the Royals routed the Yankees by a 12-1 score.
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The Royals got to Pineda almost immediately. Mike Moustakas continued his ability to drive the ball the opposite way, doubling to left before scoring on Lorenzo Cain‘s double to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead. Moustakas and Cain teamed up again in the third, as Moustakas tripled to right with one out before scoring on Cain’s sacrifice fly.
New York got their run in the top of the fourth. Alex Rodriguez continued his resurgence, doubling to lead off the inning. An infield single moved him to third, where he scored on a sacrifice fly. That would be about it for the Yankees offense for the rest of the night.
The Kansas City Royals, meanwhile, were just about to get rolling. That offensive explosion came in the bottom of the sixth. Alex Gordon led off with a double to deep right, and scored on Omar Infante‘s one out triple. Paulo Orlando drove in Infante with a base hit, and that was all for Pineda. The Royals two out magic continued, as Lorenzo Cain had a two run single, followed by RBI base hits from Kendrys Morales and Gordon to give the Royals an 8-1 lead.
The onslaught continued in the seventh. Once again, the Royals struck with two outs, as Alcides Escobar walked. Moustakas belted a double to right, just missing the home run that he needed to hit for the cycle. Cain had an RBI single, and after a walk, Morales closed out the scoring with a two run double for the final runs of the Royals 12-1 victory.
Chris Young continued his strong run in the rotation for the Kansas City Royals, allowing one run on four hits and two walks, striking out two in his 5.2 innings to earn the victory.
Lorenzo Cain was 3-4 with a double, two runs scored and five RBI. Moustakas was 4-5 with two doubles, a triple, three runs scored and an RBI.