Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Recap: Yankees 14, Royals 1

The Yankees' offense scored 11 times in the first two innings, forcing an early removal for Jeremy Guthrie and helping the the club easily beat the Royals, 14-1, on Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

A Good Start: The Yankees broke out for eight runs in the bottom of the first alone, essentially deciding the game before their third out was even recorded. Chase Headley kicked off the onslaught with a two-run blast to right-center, followed later by momentum-grabbing three-run shots from Brian McCann and Brett Gardner.

Just How They Drew it Up: Stephen Drew's season has certainly taken a dark turn during the last few weeks -- his batting average has dropped to just .176 due to numerous slumps -- but at least in this one, the infielder showed some promise. He crushed an 0-2 fastball high into the right-field upper deck in the third, another three-run bomb to put the Yankees up 11-0.

Evo-lution: Nathan Eovaldi logged his first win since May 7, surrendering just eight hits over seven one-run innings while walking one and striking out four. Eovaldi looked to be in for a mediocre outing when two Royals reached base in the first, but was able to escape trouble after a Kendrys Morales flyout.

Hopefully the First of Many: Slade Heathcott continued his impressive week with a man on in the seventh, drilling a Greg Holland offering well past the right-field wall for his first career home run. It was a no-doubter off the bat, a moment the youngster will always remember. 

The Strikeout Factory Debuts: Prized Yankees reliever Jacob Lindgren made his much-anticipated debut in the eighth, quickly inducing an Eric Hosmer double play to erase an inherited runner. Lindgren then went on to strikeout two in the ninth, officially sealing the victory.

Next Up: The Yankees will try to keep this momentum going on Tuesday when they host the Royals again in the Bronx, beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET and airing live on PIX 11. Adam Warren (2-3, 4.26 ERA) will get the nod for the Yanks aiming for a third straight quality start, facing recently-activated Royals lefty Jason Vargas (3-1, 5.26 ERA).

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