Aaron Judge Powers Yanks to Sweep. NY 6 KC 4

Aaron Judge hit a home run to start the scoring; Aaron Judge hit a homerun to end the scoring; and Aaron Judge hit a check-swing grounder to tie the score in the 7th after the Yanks had fallen behind.

Thus another day at the office for Aaron Judge — who now slashes an 8-16-.300 (.364) after 80 at bats.

Judge’s production was aided by the Yankee bullpen which threw 4 shutout innings to get NY its 9th win in a row and improve their MLB-leading record to 16-6.

1. Severino Grinds Through 5

Luis Severino struggled with his slider, and allowed 3 runs in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th, to put NY behind 4-1. But he managed through 5 innings, and then the bullpen came in and shutout the Royals the rest of the game.

“It (the slider) was not that good the first couple of innings; so I went a lot to my changeup,” said Severino afterwards. “I think I threw too many off speed in the 3rd inning, but in the 5th it was way better.”

2. Judge, Judge, and More Judge

Aaron Judge led off the scoring with a solo homer to DEEP Centerfield in the top of the 1st off KC starter Daniel Lynch.

Down 4-1 in the 5th, the Yanks got 2 to close to within 4-3. Miguel Andujar — just called up from the minors and playing left field with Joey Gallo out with the minor hamstring pull — got a 1-out single. Next batter Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled him home — Andujar getting Green lights all the way in an aggressive Yankee running attack this year.

DJ LeMahieu got a big 2-out single to plate another run to make it 4-3.

In the 7th, the Yanks got to KC’s bullpen — which is not highly regarded. Reliever Dylan Coleman walked Kiner-Falefa, hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch, and walked LeMahieu to load the bases with nobody out.

The Royals brought in Scott Barlow, and Aaron Judge hit a check-swing nubber between catcher and 1st base — it scored Kiner-Falefa from 3rd to tie the game 4-4.

Josh Donaldson then grounded out to score another run and put NY up 5-4.

In the top of the 9th, Judge added an insurance run with a 395-foot bomb to the opposite field in right.

3. Schmidt & King Shut Down KC

Clarke Schmidt pitched a shutout 6th, but Lucas Luetge allowed the first two runners on in the 7th before getting an out and yielding to Michael King who was lights out again — inducing a double play to get the final 2 outs of the 7th and pitching a shutout 8th.

4. The Chapman Roller Coaster Ride

Aroldis Chapman got the first 2 outs of the 9th, but then a single and a walk had Yankee Twitter putting their seatbelts on for The Aroldis Chapman Roller Coaster Ride.

But Chapman got Andrew Benintendi to ground out to shortstop for the old ballgame.


After the game, Miguel Andujar (who got a hit in the 5th) and Clarke Schmidt (who pitched the shutout inning) were put back on the AAA minor league roster.

The Boxscore




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