Yankees 11-5 Royals: Six-run first steals the show

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge celebrates in the dugout after scoring on sacrifice fly hit by Anthony Rizzo during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo.
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John Allen
Wednesday June 12, 2024

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New York Yankees 11-5 Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The New York Yankees’ offense came alive in the first inning, highlighted by catcher Jose Trevino‘s three-run homer. The momentum carried into the seventh inning when Gleyber Torres launched another three-run shot. The Yankees dominated the Kansas City Royals with an 11-5 victory on Wednesday, marking their third straight win in the four-game series.

Exhibiting tremendous power, Giancarlo Stanton crushed a 449-foot, two-run homer that landed deep in the left-center field foliage, near a waterfall. This impressive feat followed his 446-foot home run just the day before, which soared over three fences in center field.

At the same time, the Yankees, boasting the best record in Major League Baseball at 49-21, maintained their dominance over the Royals. They have triumphed in 12 of their last 15 games and have outscored Kansas City by an astounding 25-8 in this series alone.

New York’s prowess is especially notable in the first inning, where they have scored 10 runs over the three games—the highest in the majors. Their overall success is clear: they have won 17 of their first 22 series, are a season-high 28 games over .500, and have an unbeaten streak of 15 games against the American League Central.

Yankees Offense Erupts, Rizzo Ends Hitless Streak in Dominant Win

Alex Verdugo ignited a first-inning rally with a two-run single, while Anthony Rizzo ended his slump with a sacrifice fly, marking his first RBI since May 25th. Rizzo, who had struggled with a 1-for-36 slump in June, also singled in the seventh inning, breaking his hitless streak that began on June 5th.

Giancarlo Stanton kept up his power streak, hitting his 17th home run of the season, while catchers Jose Trevino and Gleyber Torres each contributed to the tally with six home runs apiece so far.

On defense, Juan Soto played right field for the second night in a row after recovering from forearm inflammation. He went 1-for-2 with two walks, raising his batting average to an impressive .317.

With an 8-0 lead, starting pitcher Cody Poteet sailed through 5 1/3 innings, giving up only two runs and four hits.

Despite Bobby Witt Jr.’s three-hit game that lifted his batting average to .326, the Royals’ offense faltered. This loss marked their fourth straight defeat and 11th loss in 16 games, following an earlier eight-game winning streak. Kansas City’s pitching struggles continued, with 19 runs allowed in the first inning over their last six games. Royals opener Dan Altavilla had a tough outing, giving up five runs while recording just one out.

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In tomorrow’s series finale, the Yankees will send left-hander Nestor Cortes (3-5, 3.68 ERA) to the mound, aiming to silence the Royals’ bats. Opposing him will be Kansas City’s right-hander Alec Marsh (5-3, 4.05 ERA).

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