Yankees’ rally falls short as Royals walk off in 10
The Yankees lost to the Royals in walk-off fashion on Sunday afternoon by a score of 8-7. Domingo Germán got the start for the Yankees, having his worst outing of the season thus far, going five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits while walking none and striking out six. The Yankees got out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Clint Frazier to score Gleyber Torres, but the Royals would answer in the next frame with a three-run home run by Martin Maldonado to make it 3-1 Kansas City.
Ryan O’Hearn hit a solo homer in the fourth to make it 4-1 Royals, and back-to-back home runs in the fifth by Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler in the fifth would extend the lead to 7-1. Gleyber Torres pulled the Yankees to within striking distance with a three-run homer in the sixth, and the game would remain 7-4 until the ninth inning. DJ LeMahieu made it a two-run game with an RBI single to score Frazier, and Aaron Hicks would come up with a game-tying two-run single to score Gio Urshela and LeMahieu, making it a 7-7 ballgame.
The Royals responded in extras, however, as Whit Merrifield hit a 2-1 changeup from Jonathan Holder into left field for a base hit that would score Billy Hamilton, and the Royals walked off with an 8-7 victory. The Yankees ended up going 6-1 over the course of their seven-game road trip, and they’ll head back to the Bronx to open up a seven-game homestand with a three-game interleague series against the San Diego Padres. As of 7 pm on Sunday night, the Yankees have not announced a starter for Monday’s game, with the slot being voided by CC Sabathia being placed on the 10-day injured list with knee inflammation. Matt Strahm will get the start for the Padres, entering the series with a 2-3 record and a 3.06 ERA. First pitch is set for 1:05 PM ET.