Starting a crucial stretch, the New York Yankees mixed in defensive strength and just enough offense for Friday’s crucial victory
The IS Yankees will look to combine the two elements on Saturday evening and secure their first league win in almost a month when they host the Royal Kansas Games
New York last won a series in June, taking two of three at Oakland and highlighted by the perfect game of Domingo German. Since that series ended, the Yankees which is 6-11
Coming off a 1-5 road trip against the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels, the Yankees chase the royal 5-4. Billy McKinney hit a leadoff three-run homer in the fourth inning and made two spectacular catches in center field, and rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe made a game-ending defensive play when he threw out Drew Waters at third on Bobby Witt Jr.’s groundout.
Gleyber Torres also came home and is among the few Yankees hitting well lately. He is batting .383 (18-for-47) during an 11-game hitting streak and has also won 16 of his past 18 games
“I think we just had to play better baseball,” Volpe said. “I thought tonight we had really good at-bats and played better defense and broke in some runs when we had guys on base. I think we just needed to play better, and of course it was nice to get out of the skid and get another win.”
Kansas City is 3-12 since hitting back-to-back home wins over the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 1-2. The IS royal he finished with nine hits after being shutout for the 12th time the day before
Michael Massey came back twice, hitting a three-run shot in the fourth and a solo homer in the eighth, but the royal they went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Witt also went 0-for-5 and is hitless in his last 19 at-bats
“We had some at-bats where we hit some balls hard,” Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro said. “They made some nice plays. There were a lot of guys who swung the bats OK.”
New York’s Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.78 ERA) will try to reach double-digit wins for the third consecutive season and ninth time overall. Cole has allowed three runs or fewer in eight straight starts, including Sunday’s shutout in Colorado when he allowed one run on two hits to go along with a season-high 11 strikeouts in six innings.
Cole is 4-1 with a 2.76 ERA in seven career starts against Kansas City. He last faced them on July 29, 2022, in New York and allowed five runs on seven hits in six no-decisions.
Brady Singer (6-8, 5.70) will try to win consecutive starts for the first time since winning three straight games Sept. 11-23.
Singer picked up the win Sunday at home against Tampa Bay, allowing four runs and seven hits in eight innings. Singer faced two over the minimum through seven innings before allowing four straight hits to start the eighth.
Singer is 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees. He last faced them on July 28, 2022, and allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings before Aaron Judge hit a game-ending homer against Scott Barlow in the ninth.
–Field Level Media