The Yankees finally got their offense going, sort of, scoring four runs, three coming on a bases clearing double in the third inning by Brian McCann. Brian Roberts got the scoring started with a two out RBI single in the second inning, but it was McCann’s double that gave the Yankees the cushion they needed.
“That’s a huge hit,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Those four runs were all the Yankees would need as Chase Whitley held the Royals to two runs over seven innings. Dellin Betances continued his dominance in the eighth inning and David Robertson survived a ninth inning scare for his 14th save of the year.
Chase Whitley, who got his first big league win, has been an impressive fill in for the Yankees. With CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Michael Pineda all on the DL, it is up to guys like Chase Whitley to fill in and help Masahiro Tanaka and Hiroki Kuroda stabilize the rotation, especially with the offense struggling to score runs.
Whitley has never gone past the fifth inning in his previous four starts, but he went seven tonight, allowing five hits and zero walks. He admitted he was a little surprised by his outing because, “I don’t think I threw a strike out in the bullpen,” he said.
He credited his first big league win to Yankees catcher Brian McCann, “He told me a game plan before the game and we were able to execute it, just follow whatever he has in store because that guy knows everything. He does.”
Jeremy Guthrie was a tough luck loser, giving up four runs in seven innings, with three of the runs coming off the bat of Brian McCann. Guthrie hasn’t got much run support from the Royals, who have been shut out in two of his past three starts.
The Yankees thought they would get a boost to their struggling offense with the return of Carlos Beltran from the disabled list but it hasn’t happened just yet. He was 0-4 tonight with a strikeout and is 0-7 so far since coming off the disabled list.
The Yankees have won two straight games since losing four straight. The two teams go at it again tomorrow as the Yankees send David Phelps to the mound and the Royals send Danny Duffy. The Yankees trail to Blue Jays by six games in the American League East.