The new york yankees have not played an MLB game in almost 96 hours thanks to the inclement weather in the northeast. The Kansas City Royals have been struggling as of late and the first quarter of the 2018 regular season. CC Sabathia (2-0 2.23 ERA) took the mound for the New York Yankees and Jakob Junis (4-3 3.53 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals came into the game riding a five-game losing streak on a miserable start to the season. Junis has given up 11 home runs in his eight starts but didn't give up the long ball all game. The Yankees have had their name linked with a few starting pitchers as their depth is the weakness of the team.

Game recap

In the bottom of the first inning, Salvador Perez came up with runners on the corners and one out and hit a blooper to the shallow center field that rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres was unable to catch. Whit Merrifield scored, but Torres managed to get the forceout at second base to make the game 1-0.

In the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, John Jay hit a grounder to second base but Torres bobbled the ball, and everyone advanced 90 feet to make it 2-0 Royals. Hunter Dozier laid off a backdoor slider with a full-count with the bases loaded to make it 3-0. Sabathia managed to throw 41 pitches in the third inning.

Salvador Perez hit his sixth homer on the season to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it a 4-0 Royals lead.

Neil Walker hit a single up the middle off reliever Tim Hill that scored Giancarlo Stanton from second base to make it 4-1. Rookie Miguel Andujar hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Aaron Hicks to make it 4-2.

David Robertson came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning but with two outs Mike Moustakas worked a walk, and Salvador Perez hit an RBI double to right field past the diving Aaron Judge to make it a 5-2 game.

Kelvin Herrera throws a perfect ninth inning to record his ninth save of the season in ten attempts.

Royals' pitching

Kansas City entered the game with the highest earned run average (5.47) in all of baseball. The Yankees were unable to muster anything against the Royals' bullpen of Tim Hill, Kevin McCarthy, Brad Keller, and Kelvin Herrera as they gave up only one hit and one walk over 3.2 innings with four punchouts.

The Yankees looked stagnant at the plate, but the Royals were the team who did not have a hit with runners in scoring position. The only Yankees' batters to have multiple hits were Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks.

Tomorrow's preview

Game two of the series in Kansas City will have Luis Severino (6-1 2.14 ERA) take the mound for the Yankees, and he will go against the struggling Danny Duffy (1-5 6.51 ERA). The Yankees remain tied for first in the AL East with Boston, and the Kansas City Royals sit 7.5 games back of the Indians for the AL Central lead.