Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead homer, Brett Gardner continued his power surge and the Yankees got the benefit of a close call at first base to edge the Royals, 4-2, on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Gregorius and Gardner went deep off Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas, who lost to New York for the second time in a week. Gardner put the Yanks on the board with his ninth homer in 21 games, a solo shot in the third, and Gregorius slugged a two-run shot in the fourth inning.
“You’ve just got to stay in there,” Gardner said. “Vargas isn’t a guy who throws real hard, but he’s a guy that knows how to pitch and he does a good job of throwing changeups to lefties. He tries to stay on the corners. You just have to keep your shoulder low and stand in there against them.”
Great win for the Yankees, as once again they held the opposing team to just two early runs. This bullpen is something special .All without perhaps their best relief pitcher available!
Pineda pitched well and the Yankees continue to get strong hitting from Didi and shocking amounts of power from Brett Gardner.
The Yankees got majorly lucky, though, when Chris Carter foolishly didn’t throw home right away when Jorge Soler alertly tried to score from second base on an infield single. Luckily, after Girardi challenged the call at first base, the umpires reviewed it and somehow reversed the call, despite it looking EXTREMELY difficult to determine if the call was right or not (the Royals’ replay guy told Ned Yost he was out, so the Royals didn’t complain, but boy, seemed like a really tough call - and the umps shockingly made the call QUICKLY).
The Yankees get Danny Duffy on Tuesday, who dominated them last week, with Jordan Montgomery pitching, who did not do so well his last time out, so this does not bode well for the Yankees.
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