Bronx Bombers Blast Royals Again. NY 11 KC 5

The Yanks jumped all over the Royals for 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning, highlighted by a 3-run Bomb by Jose Trevino — and added a 3-run missile by Giancarlo Stanton in the 5th and a 3-run bomb by Gleyber Torres in the 7th — to rout Kansas City in Kansas City 11-5 on a Wednesday night.

Kansas City threw ‘opener’ Dan Altavilla at the Yanks and he only got 1 out, allowing 3 singles and 2 walks before being yanked in the top of the 1st for Daniel Lynch IV, who coughed up Trevino’s homer.

Cody Poteet threw another splendid start for the Yanks — a shutout into the 6th inning — before finally yielding 2 runs in what was an 8-0 game at that point.

Ian Hamilton and Tommy Kahnle were a little sketchy in relief, allowing KC to crawl to within 11-5 in the 7th. But Luke Weaver came to the rescue with a shutout 8th, and Caleb Ferguson finished up.

“It’s just exciting; fun to watch,” said starter Cody Poteet after the Yanks scored 6 in the top of the 1st. “When you see that you just want to go out there and pound the strike zone. Because they’re scoring like that early on, you just want to have a shutdown inning and get the opposing team back out there real quick.”

NY improves to 49-21 — a .700 winning percentage on the nose — and remain 2.5 ahead of Baltimore which won again. KC drops to 39-30.

1. Yanks Jump Out to 6-0 Lead in 1st

Dan Altavilla is pitching for the first time in 3 years after Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old right hander came up with Seattle as a reliever who often finished games, then was traded to San Diego where he pitched in 2020 and 2021 before blowing out his arm.

He opened this game for Kansas City and the Yankees pounced all over him in the top of the 1st: single by Anthony Volpe, walk to Juan Soto, single by Aaron Judge to load the bases with nobody out, strikeout by Giancarlo Stanton, RBI single by Alex Verdugo, and walk to Gleyber Torres to reload the bases with 1 out and Altavilla was yanked.

Daniel Lynch IV came in and allowed a sac fly to Anthony Rizzo and 409-foot homer to left by Jose Trevino and it was 6-0 NY just like that.

2. Giancarlo MISSILE Makes It 8-0

Lynch allowed a leadoff single to Anthony Volpe in the 2nd, but then retired 9 straight batters, pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd and 4th. But in the 5th, he walked Juan Soto, and after Judge grounded out, Giancarlo Stanton hit a 449-foot MISSILE to left for an 8-0 Yankee lead.

3. Poteet Great Again

Meanwhile Cody Poteet threw another splendid start. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 1st, allowed a leadoff single in the 2nd but then got a double play, pitched around a leadoff single and a 2-out walk in the 3rd, walked a batter in the 4th but got a double play to end the inning, and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th.

Poteet was helped in that 3rd by a terrific play by Gleyber Torres at 2nd, that saved a single and a big inning.

Finally in the 6th, the 3rd time through the order, the Royals got runs off Poteet — a leadoff single by centerfielder Kyle Isbel, and 1-out RBI double by Bobby Witt Jr.for an 8-1 game. Poteet walked Vinnie Pasquantino and was relieved by Ian Hamilton.

Hamilton walked the first batter he faced, before getting a sac fly and strike out to end the 6th. NY 8 KC 2.

4. Gleyber Bomb Makes it 11-2

Lynch was still pitching for KC into the 7th — eating up innings. He hit Juan Soto with a pitch leading off the inning, then after getting Judge to line out to shortstop, yielded a 1-out single to Giancarlo Stanton. Lynch got Verdugo to ground out for the 2nd out of the inning, but Gleyber Torres — snake in the grass — ripped a 415-foot homer to left for an 11-2 game.

5. Hamilton & Kahnle Sketchy

Ian Hamilton got the first 2 outs of the bottom of the 7th — helped by a terrific play at shortstop by Anthony Volpe.

But then Hamilton then allowed 3 straight singles — to Kyle Isbel, Maikel Garcia, and Bobby Witt Jr.— for an 11-3 game.

Tommy Kahnle came in and allowed an RBI single to Pasquantino and then a wild pitch on ball 4 to Salvador Perez. NY 11 KC 5, runners on 1st and 2nd.

Velazquez hit a sinking liner to center that Aaron Judge made a terrific sliding catch on for the 3rd out of the inning. PHEW.

6. Weaver a Shutout 8th

Luke Weaver brought some calm to the game — getting the first 2 outs of the 8th — but then yielded a single and a walk and here we go again. But Weaver got Maikel Garcia to ground out to end the inning.

7. Ferguson Wraps It Up

Caleb Ferguson pitched the 9th — and again — leadoff single by Bobby Witt Jr.and 1 out single by Salvador Perez and here we go again — was this game ever going to end?

But Ferguson struck out Velazquez and got 2nd baseman Nick Loftin to hit a squibbler toward 3rd that Trevino fielded, throwing him out at 1st on a terrific play for the old ballgame.


  • Jose Trevino was an All Star 2 years ago and has been playing like it again this year after missing most of last year with injury. Trevino is now slashing 6-23-.271 (.321). His .271 average places him 17th overall in the AL and he is an elite defender and game caller. But it will be difficult for him to make the All Star game as Adley Rutschman is on the scene now and Salvador Perez is also having another great year.

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