Yankees 10-1 Royals: Bunt gives way to Bombing

New York Yankees’ Austin Wells is congratulated after his three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo.
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John Allen
Tuesday June 11, 2024

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New York Yankees 10-1 Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a powerful display of hitting, Aaron Judge solidified his lead in the major leagues by smashing his 25th home run. This massive two-run shot traveled an impressive 436 feet, landing in the center-field fountain. Judge’s offensive prowess helped propel the New York Yankees to a commanding 10-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, pushing their winning streak to 11 wins in their last 14 games.

The Yankees’ offensive surge didn’t end with Judge. Giancarlo Stanton added to the fireworks with a colossal 446-foot home run to deep center field off reliever Nick Anderson, marking his 16th homer of the season. Further punishing the Royals’ pitchers, Austin Wells finished the night with a three-run homer off starter Brady Singer.

Yankees Pummel Royals with Offensive Barrage

Returning to the lineup in spectacular form, Aaron Judge smashed his 21st home run in 41 games. Additionally, he singled in New York’s first run, boosting his average to an impressive .309. Judge has been on a torrid streak, batting .419 with 44 RBIs over his last 35 games, a dramatic improvement from his .197 average through May 2nd.

Not to be outdone, Giancarlo Stanton added to the Yankees’ dominance with a home run of his own. This was the 39th instance of Judge and Stanton both homering in the same game (including playoffs), resulting in a nearly flawless 39-4 record for New York. The Yankees continued their dominance over the AL Central, improving to 16-1 against the division this season.

Manager Aaron Boone achieved a milestone with his 557th victory, moving past Billy Martin to claim sole possession of seventh place on the Yankees‘ all-time managerial wins list. Marcus Stroman delivered another strong performance, pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing just four hits. Ron Marinaccio came through in a critical moment, striking out Drew Waters with the bases loaded in the sixth to maintain the Yankees’ lead. This victory extends their streak to 11 wins in 14 games and propels their season record to a best-of-the-season 27 games over .500.

Soto Flashes Potential, Rizzo Struggles

Juan Soto, the Yankees’ newly acquired outfielder, made his debut in right field on Tuesday. Despite going hitless in two at-bats, he drew two walks before exiting the game with the Yankees comfortably ahead 10-0. This performance came after missing the Dodgers series due to a left forearm issue; he had gone 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter on Monday.

Anthony Rizzo, the Yankees’ first baseman, returned to the lineup after a two-day break but continued to struggle, going 0 for 4. His June slump persists, extending his hitless streak to 33 at-bats and lowering his average to a troubling .221.

On a positive note, young prospect Anthony Volpe opened the scoring with his seventh triple of the season. Soto followed with a walk, and Aaron Judge delivered an RBI single. The Yankees continued to score, with Alex Verdugo‘s groundout and a smart play by Soto scoring on Giancarlo Stanton’s grounder.

Kansas City starter Brady Singer was unable to contain the Yankees’ offense, giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. This defeat adds to the Royals’ recent struggles, marking their 10th loss in the last 15 games after an earlier eight-game winning streak.

Freddy Fermin hit a solo home run off reliever Ron Marinaccio in the eighth, accounting for Kansas City’s only run. In an unexpected twist, first baseman/outfielder Nick Pratto made his professional pitching debut in the ninth, allowing just one hit in his first big league appearance this season.

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Up Next

Right-hander Cody Poteet is set to take the mound for the Yankees on Wednesday. Poteet has been outstanding this season, maintaining a flawless 2-0 record along with an impressive 1.72 ERA.

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