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KC Smacks Around Sloppy Yanks, 12-1

Brian McCann lifts a sacrifice fly to right field, driving in Alex Rodriguez to cut the lead to one in the top of the 4th inning on May 15, 2015 in Kansas City

Game 37 : It was tight game until the home half of the 6th. Kansas City held a 2-1 lead at that point, but proceeded to pummel New York pitching for 10 runs over the next two frames. The AL Central-leading Royals hammered 17 hits and mercifully went only 8-16 with RISP. Otherwise we’re talking a beatdown of historic proportions.
The keys to tonight’s defeat where sloppy fielding and the unexpected inability of Michael Pineda to locate his slider.

It was Pineda’s first loss of the season (5-1), and on the heels of his 16-strikeout gem against Baltimore, Big Mike recorded only 1 strikeout tonight. The Royal’s normally aggressive lineup was laying off the low sliders, and waited Pineda out for something in the zone. The strategy paid off big time by the 6th inning, as Kansas City knocked him out of the box, then make short work of reliever David Carpenter, who lasted only five batters.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video lowlights.

Royals 12, Yankees 1

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  • Brett Gardner   Back when it looked like the outcome would be far different, Gardy ripped a x-out triple in the fist inning, …

  • Brian McCann   The only other highlight of the mugging came when the game was a game. McCann lifted a sac fly to score Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees first and only run, cutting the score then to 2-1 Royals. Noting encouraging happened after that.


“It’s tough. It’s an ugly inning, it’s unfortunate, but it’s only one game and we’ve got to bounce back tomorrow.” ‐ Joe Girardi  (h/t:

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  • Michael Pineda   Big Mike lacked the swing-and-miss stuff he’s been displaying lately.

    “They have a really good lineup. We go out there, try to do our best. These games, it happens sometimes. I’m keeping my head up, continue working and be ready for next time.” ‐ Michael Pineda  (h/t:

FOOTNOTES : Chase Whitley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is now being diagnosed as a right elbow strain. Righty Jose Ramirez was called up from AAA-Scranton, and Chris Capuano is projected to start the Sunday finale in Kansas City, so expect a couple of roster moves over the weekend …

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