Jakob Junis pitched pretty well most of the 5.1 innings he was in the game. Unfortunately, he made a few too many mistakes with pitch location and the Yankees hit two home runs and put up five runs, four earned, on Junis. Combine that with the offense only getting five hits and two runs and the Royals were never really in this game.
Mondesi fielded a ground ball over the bag at second in the second inning and made a perfect throw to first while still moving to his left. This is another example of how Mondesi does so much better throwing to first on the move opposed to when he gets a routine ground ball directly at him. When he has more time to think and less motion he seems to make less accurate throws more often.
Mondesi is heating up at the plate on the road. In the third, with two outs, Mondesi got a pitch away and hit it to right field to score Terrance Gore.
Hamilton made a diving catch in right center in the sixth with the bases loaded and no outs. A run scored on the play but Hamilton saved two or three more from scoring. The two walks Hamilton had tonight helped him get two stolen bases although he was caught once.
Dozier charged a slow ground ball in the second and made a nice throw to first. Most youth baseball players will stop, stand up straight and make the throw too late. The big league players do like Dozier did and continue moving in the direction he was moving when he fielded it and throw on the run. It was a nice play by Dozier. However, it doesn’t always turn out how you would like. In the seventh Dozier attempted the same play but made a wild throw to first. That runner eventually scored.
Dozier hit a double to left in the sixth on a slider that stayed up just a little too much.
Gordon doubled down the right field line in the sixth to score Dozier from second and cut the Yankees lead to 3-2. Gordon rolled over on the pitch down the middle but hit it hard enough and fortunately put it just inside the line. Things are going so well for Gordon that even when he doesn’t hit the ball solid something positive happens.
Soler pulled an outside changeup between short and third for an infield single in the second.
Maldonado has been really good behind the plate this season but he made a mistake that led to a run in the sixth. With a runner on third, Jakob Junis threw a low fastball and Maldonado just didn’t catch it. The ball hit off of Maldonado’s glove for a passed ball and a run scored from third. Even the best defensive catchers make a mistake occasionally. Catchers are kind of like point guards in basketball. They handle the ball so often that they are going to make mistakes eventually no matter how good they are at their position.
Gore laid down a nice bunt in the third. He pushed it to the first base side of pitcher CC Sabathia. Sabathia fielded it but Gore easily beat the throw and Sabathia’s throw was wild allowing runners to advance to second and third.
Location was the problem for Junis on Friday. Junis threw Brett Gardner a fastball right down the middle of the plate in the third that Gardner hit for a home run. It was a two-run home run and it gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. He left a changeup in the middle of the strike zone in the fifth that Mike Tauchmam hit for a solo home run.
Junis had a four pitch fourth inning. That’s incredible and quite embarrassing for the Yankees.
Boxberger entered the game to start the seventh inning and allowed a double on the first pitch he threw. He ended up allowing two hits, three walks and a run in just one inning of work.
Newberry pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Newberry is an interesting pitcher to keep an eye on. It will be interesting to see if he can earn Ned Yost’s trust something Kyle Zimmer was not able to do.