Chapman Debuts In Yankees Win
The Yankees bats finally came alive last night as they beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3. The team totaled five solo homerun's, two from Carlos Beltran as they chased Royals starter Chris Young after 2 2/3 innings pitched.
Brian McCann, Brett Gardner, and Aaron Hicks each had a solo homerun of their own (Gardner and Hicks went back-to-back in the 3rd). The Yankees had had 25 HRs in 950 at-bats coming into the game. They had five homerun's in their first 14 plate appearances on Monday night.
Chapman then entered in the 9th to make his debut with the Yankees leading 6-2. The flame-throwing lefty topped out at 101 mph as he struck out a pair of Royals, but relinquished a run on a pair of 2-out hits.
"Very excited and happy to see the fans receive me the way they did, but I was looking to stay focused and get the job done."
McCann had the chance to catch Chapman in his first game and knows that the addition to the Yankees bullpen can make the team dangerous.
"It's tougher than I thought. I mean, it's hard to see. But it was nice to get him back, get him in the mix," said McCann. "It's a huge weapon for us."
The Yankees have now won 3 of their last 4 games and look to continue their recent winning ways against a struggling Kris Medlan as Masahiro Tanaka takes the hill for the pinstripes.