After a couple days off, the Yankees couldn't get anything going on offense as the Royals took the first game of a three-game set, 5-2, at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box Score
Coming into this game, the Yankees were the clear favorite as the Royals owned one of the worst records in the MLB at 13-30. But, following a few days without playing a single inning, the Yanks looked to be laboring as they couldn't get things going at the dish.
Eight hits were strung together by the away team, but only two runs showed for it -- both of which came in the sixth when Neil Walker hit an RBI single and Miguel Andujar hit a sacrifice fly.
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The Royals, on the other hand, stepped up in front of their home crowd. Salvador Perez was the source of most of the offense, as he went 2-for-3 with three RBI, including a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth. He also laced a double to right in the seventh to give the Royals some insurance.
Whit Merrifield was also a solid leadoff for Kansas City, as he went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
CC Sabathia may be credited with the loss, but his defense wasn't much help in the loss. He allowed four runs, but only two were earned as Gleyber Torres had at throwing error on a bases loaded play in the third. Sabathia would then walk Hunter Dozier, forcing in another unearned run.
Overall, the big lefty allowed just four hits, but walked a season-high four over five innings.
Giancarlo Stanton continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored. Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, and Gary Sanchez combined for a total 0-for-12 on the night.
What's Next: The Yankees continue their series with the Royals on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Luis Severino will go for the Yankees, while Danny Duffy will take the mound for the Royals.