Well, that was a very cool party last night at the stadium. And I’m not talking about the weather. It' was Brian McCann got the party started with a blast to right field. After surrendering an Alex Gordon big fly, The Yankees answered when Carlos Beltran led off the second inning by crushing a big fly of his own to put the Yankees back in front. Brett Gardner began the third with his second tater in his past three plate appearances. Aaron Hicks immediately followed by smacking another KC Starter Chris Young gopher ball over the fence in right-center field. A few batters later, it was Beltran again up at bat to demolish a Young offering. The veteran tattooed his second four-bagger of the game and 398th in his career, putting him just two away from the 400-homer club. 5 Home Runs in all. Yes, it was a good night but there was more to come.
Ivan Nova pitched about as well as fans could have hoped on a limited 75 pitch count. Joe Girardi actually let him go a little bit past that plateau but at 81 pitches, he decided to give Nova the hook with runners on and two outs in the fifth. Phil Coke then made his first appearance in pinstripes since the 2009. He gave up a long drive from Eric Hosmer but thankfully it did not go quite far enough to reach the wall in left field. Gardner hauled it in for the out, ending the inning. Kirby Yates turned out to be the relief star of the game, covering 1 2/3 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out a pair of batters, preventing Girardi from needing to call upon Betances or Miller. We go to the 9th with the score 6-2 and here comes Aroldis Chapman in his Yankees debut. Chapman blew away the first two batters with strikeouts on mostly 99-101 mph fastballs., gave up a double (which eventually meant a KC score), then inducing a weak ground ball back to the mound to wrap it up, pleasing the very happy crowd. Is this a sign of things to come?? The Bombers have won 3 of the last 4. Don’t go purchase playoff tickets just yet, but, things are certainly looking up.
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