Luis Severino, in a word, shoved tonight, going 8.0 innings and giving up just four hits while not allowing a run. He struck out seven in the process.
Jason Hammel had a bit of a bounce back performance of his own, all things considered, going 6.0 innings and striking out seven as well, but gave up the game’s only three runs and was handed his third consecutive loss.
The scoring began in the third, when Didi Gregorius launched a solo home run to right center.
Hammel proceeded to retire nine of the next ten batters he faced but got back into trouble in the 6th, when Gary Sanchez singled, stole second, and advanced on a throwing error by Salvador Perez, before being driven in on a Matt Holliday sac fly.
He came back out for the 7th immediately gave up a double to Gregorius, which prompted Ned Yost to remove him in favor of Matt Strahm.
Strahm gave up a single to Brett Gardner to drive in Gregorius and put the Yankees up 3-0, a score that would prove to be the final tally.
The Royals offense, meanwhile, was mostly silent, mustering just four hits and five base runners total on the night.
Lorenzo Cain was the most notable struggler, striking out in three of his four at-bats.
The Royals will have an opportunity to split in tomorrow’s matinee against a struggling Masahiro Tanaka as Miguel Almonte makes his 2017 debut.
Up Next: Royals at Yankees, Thursday, May 24, 2017, 12:05 PM CDT; RHP Miguel Almonte (0-0, -.— ERA) v. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-3, 6.56 ERA)