The Yankees needed to start their road trip off on the right foot with a win and Chase Whitley made sure the Royals would go home empty handed. Whitley went seven innings, the most innings he’s pitched this season as the Yankees beat the Royals 4-2 at Kauffman Stadium at Kansas City, Missouri.
The Yankees offense is still a problem, but they were able to scratch out four runs in the second and third inning, which was just enough for the victory. In the second inning, Brian Roberts hit an RBI single, scoring Mark Teixeira and in the third, Brian McCann hit a ball to left field just a pitch after Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie threw an eephus pitch, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira, giving the Yankees their four runs.
Chase Whitley was originally a reliever before being thwarted into the Yankees rotation, but Whitley went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth and David Robertson tight roped in and out of trouble in the ninth to notch his 14th save of the season.
– David Phelps will take the mound for the Yankees as they attempt to win Game 2 of the four game series against the Royals. First pitch will be at 7:15 p.m. and the game will air on FOX.