Yanks Murderers’ Row Rips Royals — Reasons Why NY 8 KC 1

The Yankees finally have their Murderers’ Row lineup healthy and ripping at the same time — seemingly for the first time since Giancarlo Stanton was acquired 4 years ago. Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Luke Voit combined for 9 hits, 3 homers, and 7 RBI’s in killing the Royals 8-1 on a perfect, 75-degree Thursday afternoon at The Stadium.

The only one not killing it — Gleyber Torres — who didn’t play in this game; getting the day off while Tyler Wade played shortstop.


1. Taillon Pitched Great

More good news for the Yanks — Jameson Taillon pitched well again. He was able to reach back and strikeout batters with 2 strikes — in fact getting out of runner-on-3rd-one-out situations in both the 1st inning and the 2nd inning with key strikeouts for the 2nd out.

In the 1st inning, he struck out DH Salvador Perez swinging at a 95-MPH 4-seam fastball for a huge 2nd out and left the runner stranded on 3rd. In the 2nd inning, he struck out shortstop Nicky Taylor swinging at an 81-MPH curve for a big 2nd out and left the runner stranded on 3rd.

“I thought my last start against the A’s — I had a lot to build off and today was a continuation of that,” said Taillon afterwards. “I had some time to let the A’s start marinate, and I picked what I liked from it.”

Taillon’s Pitch Mix

Taillon described his pitches:

  • “Mixed 4 seam and 2 seam fastball;
  • was throwing the curveball more aggressively. Was throwing it for strikes a little better than I have been all year;
  • got some quick outs on the change up which helped keep the pitch count down,
  • and then that took some pressure off the slider, and it didn’t have to be my primary pitch today, so it (the change up) was a nice little complementary pitch.”

Taillon’s Curveball

Taillon especially mentioned his curveball as something that is coming along — “my whole life that’s been my best pitch; no matter what I’m taking out to the mound my curveball is usually something I can count on in big spots, and it hasn’t been there for me this year.” Tailon explained, “In between starts I’ve been messing with my grip a little bit, my mentality on it a little bit, my sights a little bit — I thought against the A’s it was better and today it was another step forward with it.”

Taillon pitched into the 7th inning — his only trouble — a single, double, walk in the 5th — the double scoring a run. But he got a fly out and then a double play to end the inning.

He finished with 6.1 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks.

2. Judge Puts Yanks Up Early

Aaron Judge put the Yanks up 1-0 in the bottom of the 1st.

3. Stanton Ripping Right Behind Judge

Giancarlo Stanton followed Judge by Ripping a single to left, and later came around to score on a single by Rougned Odor to make it 2-0 Yanks after 1 inning.

Stanton finished the game 3 for 5 with an RBI.

4. More Judge in the 3rd

In the 3rd, Tyler Wade walked, stole 2nd, and scored on an Aaron Judge single to make it 3-0 NY.

5. Voit to Detroit in the 4th

A Luke Voit homer in the 4th made it 4-0 NY.

6. Sanchez Bomb in the 6th

In the 6th, DJ LeMahieu singled, Aaron Judge homered, and Gary Sanchez ripped a 421-foot shot to left center for a 3-run homer. NY 7 KC 1.

7. More Judge & Stanton in the 8th

In the eighth inning, Aaron Judge walked, went to 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored on a Giancarlo Stanton single through the opposite-field right side.

8. Cortes Cleans up

Nestor Cortes Jr. pitched 2.1 innings of shutout ball to end it. An easy win.

The Boxscore



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