New York Yankees Reaction: Pineda Falters Again; Yanks Fall To Royals (Highlights)

The New York Yankees took a step back after two consecutive wins as they drop the third game of the four-game set against the Royals. 

  • Kansas City Royals: 7 (16-17)
  • New York Yankees: 3 (13-19)
  • American League, FINAL, Box Score
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

Michael Pineda, today’s New York Yankees‘ starter, experienced some early woes as the Kansas City Royals tattooed him for six runs in an eventual 7-3 victory.

Yordano Ventura was seeking a bounce back after a five-run outing versus the Cleveland Indians and did just that against the Yankees’ lineup. He hurled a quality start (six innings, three earned runs) despite only striking out one compared to three walks.

Pineda, who had a respectable outing against the Boston Red Sox a week ago, gave up six hits and one of them was a three-run bomb to Salvador Perez to kick off what would be a losing effort. Big Mike’s ERA has now soared to 6.28 and he lengthened his winless streak to six games.

Offensively, the Yankees got it going in the bottom of second thanks to Carlos Beltran’s seventh home run of the season. It was his third home run of this four-game series and have him the 399th of his future hall of fame career.

He finished his night 2-for-4 while Chase Headley and Brian McCann each drove in a run. Worth a note: Aaron Hicks finally looks comfortable as a Yankee after going 3-for-4 tonight with a run scored. The fourth outfielder is batting .476 this homestand.

For Kansas City, Perez finished his night with three RBI thanks to the home run. Lorenzo Cain built on his three-homer night from Tuesday with a two-run single to make the game 6-3 which put the contest out of reach.

Kendrys Morales‘ home run in the seventh didn’t help New York either as it extended the lead to four followed by a shut-down appearance by Wade Davis to secure only the Royals’ fourth win in the last 15 games.

Beltran Belts One:

In the bottom of the second inning with no one on, Carlos Beltran belted a solo home run to right off of Ventura. The home run not only got the Yankees on the board but it gave Beltran career home run no. 399.

He is presently one away from becoming the fifth player in the history of baseball with 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases. Hall of fame bound? You bet.

Injury Report:

Jacoby Ellsbury ran at approximately 40% effort this afternoon and is expected to rejoin the team this weekend against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Joe Girardi would like to avoid a DL stint.

What’s Next?

The Yankees and Royals will close out this four-game set tomorrow night at the stadium as New York hopes to win the series against the defending World Champions.

Ian Kennedy (4-2, 2.13 ERA) vs Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 4.78)

Nate was certainly Nasty as he came up huge for New York, who were without Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox.

The right-hander used his fastball to attack hitters and it helped him manage eight innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts (zero walks).

Former Yankee Ian Kennedy gets the start for Kansas City in the series finale. The right-hander was superb in his latest start as he shut out the Indians in seven innings of work and only allowed four hits while striking out six.

Complete coverage including the pregame show will commence at six on the YES Network and first pitch will be thrown at around 7:05 PM ET.

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