September 29, 2009

Yanks’ B-squad beats down Royals’ A-squad

Robinson Cano’s second career grand slam led the Yankees (101-56) past the Royals (64-93) by a score of 8-2. Chad Gaudin — the sixth starter — was credited with the win, which came without the likes of Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui or Nick Swisher getting an at bat.

Quick ‘Cap:
Royals’ starter Luke Hochevar held the Yankees’ O down for the first three innings, but allowed a run in innings 4-6 and a five-spot in the seventh. Ramiro Pena — who hit his first career home run in the fifth — singled home Francisco Cervelli before Cano launched his grand slam.

Gaudin pitched 6-2/3 quality innings, but was replaced by Damaso Marte to get the final out of the seventh. Alfredo Aceves sealed the Yanks’ sixth straight victory with two perfect innings. Full box score here.

You almost have to feel bad for the Royals after losing this one. This was literally the Yankees’ Triple-A team with two above-average major league players in Cano and Jorge Posada. No, they didn’t have Zack Greinke going — and won’t at all this series, thankfully. But still, losing 8-2 is pretty terrible. I guess that’s why they are in last place in their division.

Line of the Night:
Pena: 2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI. Heck of a night for an everyday minor leaguer.

Up Next:
The Yankees will look for lucky number seven on Tuesday with A.J. Burnett (12-9, 4.19) against Anthony Lerew (0-1, 3.86).

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