The Yankees bats go cold in 6-1 loss to the Royals at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Thursday's game…
1 ) Yankees starter Domingo German tossed six quality innings, allowing three runs (including two home runs) on six hits. He struck out nine batters and walked zero. German is being tasked with helping to keep the rotation afloat while Luis Severino is on the injured list. So far German has done his job, finishing the game with a cumulative 2.37 ERA across 19 innings (three starts).
2 ) Jonathan Holder continues to struggle. Charged with keeping the Yanks within two of the Royals, Holder allowed three hits and two runs. His ERA now stands at 7.00, which has to turn around quickly as he's expected to help in high-leverage situations.
3 ) After scoring 13 runs in the two-game series against Boston, the Yankees offense came to a screeching halt. The Yanks could not muster much against Homer Bailey, who came into the contest with a 5.29 ERA, and then fell scoreless to a duo of Royals relievers. The Yanks managed just four hits and struck out 10 times on the night.
4 ) Luke Voit is hitting just .219, but he reached base for the 29th straight game dating back to last season. Voit has had a number of clutch hits and leads the club in RBIs (15). With Greg Bird underperforming and now on the injured list, any notion that there is a continued competition at first base has officially been snuffed. The position is Voit's until further notice and if he continues to find ways to get on base, he will strengthen his hold on the role.
5 ) Baseball is a fickle sport. After lighting the game on fire in his first 11 games, DJ LeMahieu has notched just two hits in his last 20 at-bats after going 0-for-4 tonight. LeMahieu's average has dropped from .432 to .328 during five-game skid.
The Yankees will look to even the series at a game apiece on Friday at 7:05 p.m. It will be CC Sabathia making his second start of the season against Jakob Junis.