The Royals are much improved this season, but the Yankees treated them like the same old Royals as they swept them in a three game weekend series in Kansas City and are now 10-games over .500 and in first place in the AL East.
FRIDAY (11-6 win)
Friday night’s game was a wild one. The Yankees jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the second, but the Royals immediately made it 4-3 in the bottom of the inning. It was tied at 5-5 in the sixth inning when the Yankees broke it open with a five-run inning.
Lyle Overbay was the offensive hero after he went 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs. He was hardly alone though as six different players had at least two hits including a two-run home run by Ichiro Suzuki.
Phil Hughes started that game and had a rought night. His line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. A bad start was bound to happen eventually as he’s been red hot lately. Shawn Kelley was actually great in relief picking up six strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
SATURDAY (3-2 win)
Hughes finally struggled on Friday, but Andy Pettitte turned it around on Saturday. His line: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR.
That was big for the Yankees because they really didn’t get any offense. Jayson Nix went 2-for-3 with a walk, but wasn’t involved in any of the runs. They scored a run in the third on an error and then two more on a Vernon Wells two-run homer in the fifth. Besides that they were pretty much shut down by Big Game James Shields, but luckily that was enough.
SUNDAY (4-2 win)
Hiroki Kuroda was on the mound to finish off the sweep on Sunday. He gave up a small ball run in the first, another one in the eighth, and was great otherwise. His line: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR.
The offense was one again pretty much Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells. The duo combined to hit 5-for-8 with a homer and two RBI’s each. They powered the three run third and added another run in the fifth that held up thanks to a strong performance by the pitching staff.
• The Yankees actually used the same lineup in all three games with no pinch hitters or anything. Everyone got at least two hits over the weekend. Combined they hit .282/.319/.518.
• Travis Hafner is struggling during the month of May. It’s just 31 plate appearances, but he’s hitting just .148/.258/.185.
• Vernon Wells was slumping for a little while there, but he has heated right back up again. In his last five games he’s hitting .429/.429/.857.
• The Yankees are back at home this week so be sure to buy your Yankees tickets.
Photo credit: (May 10, 2013 – Source: Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America).