Yankees win back & forth thriller thanks to clutch hits from Ackley, Hicks, Gardner, McCann

The Bronx Bombers opened up their four game series against the Kansas City Royals with a bang, as the team lived up to their nickname, slugging five solo homers to give them the 6-3 win. Behind Ivan Nova, making his first start of the season, the Yankees began the series on a good note. In game two, Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.29 ERA), took the mound as he looked to continue his stellar start to the season. Tanaka squared off against Kansas City right hander Kris Medlen (1-3, 6.85 ERA), who has had a rough start to his season. Rookie Ben Gamel made his first career start, batting ninth and playing right field.
Picture Credit: Kathy Willens/AP
Tuesday, May 10, 2016: Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees
Winning Pitcher: Andrew Miller (2-0, 0.71 ERA) - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Losing Pitcher: Kelvin Herrera (0-1, 1.17 ERA) - 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Save: Aroldis Chapman (1)

1st Inning:
Besides an Alcides Escobar single, Tanaka had a smooth first inning. Starlin Castro, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran loaded the bases with consecutive singles. Dustin Ackley brought in Starlin Castro with a sacrifice fly. (Yankees 1-0)

2nd Inning:
After Alex Gordon led off with a double, Chestor Cuthbert socked a homer that gave the Royals the lead. Didi Gregorius slapped a double to right field and scored after Chase Headley singled to right. (Tied 2-2)

3rd Inning:
Lorenzo Cain hit a solo shot to regain the lead for Kansas City. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs after a Carlos Beltran double, and walks to Dustin Ackley and Aaron Hicks. Didi Gregorius cleared the bases with a double. (Yankees 5-3)
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4th Inning:
Masahiro Tanaka rebounded nicely, setting down the Royals in order. The Yankees also went quietly. (Yankees 5-3)

5th Inning:
Lorenzo Cain hit his second homerun of the game, this time a 3-run shot. The Yankees couldn’t get anything going offensively. (Royals 6-5)
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6th Inning:
Tanaka set down the Royals 1-2-3. Luke Hochevar entered for the Royals and struck out the side.

7th Inning:
The Royals were put down in order. Dustin Ackley had a clutch single that scored Brian McCann from second. Aaron Hicks laced a double down the left field line that scored Dustin Ackley from second. (Yankees 7-6)
Picture Credit: Kathy Willens/AP
8th Inning:
Lorenzo Cain hit his third homerun of the game, this time off Andrew Miller, who was making his first appearance in his new 8th inning role. Ben Gamel reached on a fielding error by Alcides Escobar. Brett Gardner roped a double to the left-center gap that scored Gamel all the way from first. Brian McCann just nearly missed a home run and doubled to center, scoring Brett Gardner and Starlin Castro. (Yankees 10-7)

9th Inning
Aroldis Chapman entered in the 9th allowing just one baserunner on a walk issued to Alcides Escobar. He would get Cain to pop out to end the game.

Next Game: Wednesday, May 11: Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Yankees (Michael Pineda)

Article by: Phil Akre (@philakre)
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