Live Updates: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees (Game Two)

The Royals look to even the series against the leaders of the AL East on Tuesday night.
May 13, 2024; Seattle, Washington, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13), left, pitching coach Brian Sweeney, second from left, starting pitcher Brady Singer (51), shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (7), and first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino (9) meet at the mound during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2024; Seattle, Washington, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13), left, pitching coach Brian Sweeney, second from left, starting pitcher Brady Singer (51), shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (7), and first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino (9) meet at the mound during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports / Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals' home series against the New York Yankees, the leaders of the American League East, got off to a sour start on Monday night. However, the four-game set is still anyone's to win entering the Tuesday rematch at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees (47-21) won 4-2 on Monday night.

Kansas City (39-28) lost Hunter Renfroe to a toe fracture during the contest, and the team could not come all the way back from a 4-0 hole. Renfroe is now on the 10-day injured list, and the club also placed Adam Frazier on the bereavement list. Correspondingly, outfielder Drew Waters and infielder Nick Pratto were called up from the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers.

Waters is in the starting lineup Tuesday, batting seventh and playing right field. It will be his first game action of the 2024 season in the majors. On the hill for the Yankees will be right-hander Marcus Stroman, who is 5-2 with a 3.04 earned run average. Kansas City and manager Matt Quatraro are set to counter with fellow righty Brady Singer. Singer is 4-2 with an ERA of 2.76. It will be up to him to stop the high-powered Yankee lineup.

Live Updates (most recent at top):

Bottom 9:

  • Hampson swings at the first pitch, grounding out to end the ball game. Final: Yankees 10, Royals 1.
  • Garcia grounds into a fielder's choice. Isbel out at second. Last out for the Royals.
  • Isbel walks after a 10-pitch at-bat.
  • Loftin flies out to right field.
  • Left-hander Victor Gonzalez will now pitch for New York.

Top 9:

  • Rizzo pops out. Scoreless inning on the mound for Nick Pratto. Last call for the Royals in the home half, but this one seems out of reach. Yankees 10, Royals 1.
  • Stanton singles into center field and advances on a wild pitch.
  • Verdugo grounds out.
  • Jones strikes out swinging, marking a successful first batter for Pratto.
  • In a curious move, infielder Nick Pratto, who was called up today alongside Waters, will pitch the ninth inning for Kansas City.

Bottom 8:

  • Waters grounds out, retiring the home team in the eighth. Rough offensive day for him in his season debut. Yankees 10, Royals 1.
  • Velazquez is hit by a pitch. Kansas City gets a two-out baserunner.
  • Melendez strikes out swinging.
  • In his first at-bat of the game, Freddy Fermin gets the Royals on the board with a solo home run. Yankees 10, Royals 1.
  • Pasquantino fouls out to Cabrera.

Top 8:

  • Grisham gets his first turn to the plate and strikes out swinging. Final six offensive outs coming for Kansas City. Yankees 10, Royals 0.
  • Volpe grounds out on the eighth pitch of his at-bat.
  • Cabrera lines out to Isbel. That turns the lineup card over.
  • Chris Stratton is in to pitch for the Royals. Garrett Hampson is in for Bobby Witt Jr. at short. Replacing Salvador Perez at catcher is Freddy Fermin.

Bottom 7:

  • Witt Jr. grounds out to end the inning. No damage after the leadoff walk. Yankees 10, Royals 0.
  • Garcia pops out.
  • Isbel strikes out swinging, but the top of the order is now due up.
  • Loftin works a leadoff walk.
  • Trent Grisham has replaced Aaron Judge in center field. Jahmai Jones is in for Juan Soto in right.

Top 7:

  • Wells flies out, but the Yankees add three more runs and hit two home runs in the inning. Yankees 10, Royals 0.
  • Torres works a walk with two outs.
  • Rizzo grounds out.
  • Stanton hits his 16th home run of the season to center, and the offense continues to punish Kansas City with the long ball. Yankees 10, Royals 0.
  • Verdugo lines out to left.
  • Aaron Judge hits a home run to center. His 25th of the year, and his dominance continues. Yankees 9, Royals 0.
  • Soto walks to open up the frame.

Bottom 6:

  • Waters strikes out swinging, and the bases are left loaded. On to the late innings. Yankees 7, Royals 0.
  • Stroman will not face Waters. His day ends with 102 pitches in 5.2 innings pitched. Ron Marinaccio is now on the bump for New York.
  • Velazquez walks, and the bases are loaded for Kansas City with two outs. Waters coming to the plate. Big spot for the right fielder in his season debut.
  • Melendez flies out to short. Big second out for Stroman, who's approaching 100 pitches.
  • Perez grounds out, but the runners move over. Second and third with one out for the Royals.
  • Pasquantino draws a walk.
  • Witt Jr. singles into center field to lead off the inning.

Top 6:

  • Volpe lines out, stranding two, but the Yankees get another one on the scoreboard. Yankees 7, Royals 0.
  • Cabrera singles home another run, and that'll chase Singer after 5.2 innings of work. Nick Anderson will now pitch for Kansas City. Yankees 7, Royals 0.
  • Singer has reached 100 pitches.
  • Wells lines a sharply hit single to right. Two on and two gone for Cabrera.
  • Torres grounds into a fielder's choice, and Rizzo is forced out at second. Two outs.
  • Rizzo reaches with one out on an error by Loftin.
  • Stanton strikes out looking.
  • Singer is back out on the mound to open the sixth inning.

Bottom 5:

  • Garcia grounds out, leaving another Royal stranded in scoring position. Yankees 6, Royals 0.
  • Isbel triples on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, turning over the lineup card with two out.
  • Loftin grounds out. The Royals have hardly struck out in this contest, but the offense remains listless.
  • Waters pops out in his second turn at the plate in the game.

Top 5:

  • Verdugo strikes out looking on a 3-2 count. Worked back into it from down 1-2. Halfway home in this ball game with a shutdown inning from Singer. Yankees 6, Royals 0.
  • Judge flies out to right and Waters puts it away.
  • Soto grounds out to start the fifth.

Bottom 4:

  • Three up, three down go the Royals in the fourth, as Velazquez grounds out. Yankees 6, Royals 0.
  • Melendez grounds out. Two away. A nice game for Stroman is taking shape.
  • Perez flies out to the right side. Caught by Rizzo. One gone in the home fourth.

Top 4:

  • Volpe ends the inning with a swinging strikeout, but New York tacks on four more runs. Yankees 6, Royals 0.
  • Cabrera strikes out looking. His second of the game.
  • Wells hits a three-run home run to center field to break this game open. His second long ball of the season, and a big fly from the bottom of the order in the fourth inning. Yankees 6, Royals 0.
  • Torres lines a single to left, scoring Verdugo. New York adds another run, and they're on the corners for Wells. Yankees 3, Royals 0.
  • Rizzo grounds out but moves over both runners and takes the double play out of the picture for the time being. Second and third, one gone for the Yankees.
  • Singer hits Stanton with a pitch, and similarly to the first inning, there are two men on with nobody out.
  • Verdugo gets a leadoff single.

Bottom 3:

  • Garcia steals second base, It's for naught, as Pasquantino grounds out. Kansas City leaves one in scoring position. Yankees 2, Royals 0.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. fouls out to Rizzo.
  • Maikel Garcia singles in his second turn to the plate. First non-XBH of the day for the Royals.
  • Kyle Isbel grounds out back to the pitcher. Stroman over to Rizzo to make the out.

Top 3:

  • Juan Soto grounds out to third base.
  • Volpe lines out to Pasquantino to start off the third.

Bottom 2:

  • Nick Loftin grounds out to retire the side, making it a 1, 2, 3 inning for Marcus Stroman. Top of the order due up next for New York. Yankees 2, Royals 0.
  • In his first MLB at-bat of the 2024 season, Drew Waters becomes Stroman's first strikeout victim of the game.
  • Nelson Velazquez swings at the first pitch he sees and grounds out to short.

Top 2:

  • Swinging strikeout for Oswaldo Cabrera ends the inning and makes back-to-back Ks for Singer. A clean inning for him. Yankees 2, Royals 0.
  • Austin Wells strikes out looking on a payoff pitch. First strikeout of the day for Brady Singer.
  • Gleyber Torres starts the second with a flyout to short.

Bottom 1:

  • MJ Melendez grounds out, ending the home team's early threat and leaving a pair stranded. He was working with a 3-2 count. Yankees 2, Royals 0.
  • Salvador Perez draws a two-out walk.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino flies out. Two away.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. doubles with one out.
  • Maikel Garcia leads the home half off with a groundout.

Top 1:

  • Anthony Rizzo grounds into a 4-6-3 double play on a three-ball count to end the inning, sparing the Royals' starter of any more damage in the opening frame. Yankees 2, Royals 0.
  • Giancarlo Stanton puts it in play on a fielder's choice to third base, which scores Soto. Meanwhile, everybody else is still safe, as New York gets to Singer early. Yankees 2, Royals 0.
  • Alex Verdugo makes the first out of the game, but his groundout moves both runners. Yankees now have a pair in scoring position and one away.
  • Aaron Judge adds one to his RBI total, singling home Volpe and putting Soto in scoring position. Yankees 1, Royals 0.
  • Singer walks Juan Soto, putting Yankees on the corners with nobody out.
  • Volpe leads off the game with a triple.
  • First pitch from Singer at 7:10 p.m. CT is a strike to Volpe.

Pregame:

  • Kansas City lineup: 1. Maikel Garcia, third base; 2. Bobby Witt Jr., shortstop; 3. Vinnie Pasquantino, first base; 4. Salvador Perez, catcher; 5. MJ Melendez, left field; 6. Nelson Velazquez, designated hitter; 7. Drew Waters, right field; 8. Nick Loftin, second base; 9. Kyle Isbel, center field; P: Brady Singer (R)
  • New York lineup: 1. Anthony Volpe, shortstop; 2. Juan Soto, right field; 3. Aaron Judge, center field; 4. Alex Verdugo, left field; 5. Giancarlo Stanton, designated hitter; 6. Anthony Rizzo, first base; 7. Gleyber Torres, second base; 8. Austin Wells, catcher; 9. Oswaldo Cabrera, third base; P: Marcus Stroman (R)

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