Game 44: KC vs. NYY — A solid royal shutout

Luis Severino was on point tonight as the Yankees played their third of 4 games against the Royals this week. Severino was just zoned in and firing away in a completely dominant start. He threw 114 pitches in his 8 shutout innings, giving up just 4 hits and a walk, and striking out 7 batters. Basically, it was just him and catcher Gary Sanchez playing catch all night. And Dellin Betances helped seal the deal with his flawless 9th inning, and all 3 outs were strikeouts for his 4th save this season.

Against the Royals’ pitchers, the Yankees managed to eke through a few offensive moments. Didi Gregorius led-off the 3rd inning with a nice solo home run just in front of the new section in right field dubbed “The Judge’s Chambers”. Then in the 6th, Gary Sanchez led-off with a single, stole 2nd and ended up at 3rd on a throwing error, all before scoring on Matt Holliday’s sacrifice fly.

And in the 7th, Gregorius’ lead-off ground-rule double ended the Royals’ starter’s night. Gregorius then made it to 3rd on a ground out and then scored on Brett Gardner’s single to cap off the Yankees’ scoring on tonight’s rather strong showing on all fronts for the Yankees.

Final score: 3-0 Yankees

For HOPE Week Day 3, the Yankees sent a few of their start players to surprise a couple of pretty great 3rd graders known as “The Comedy Kids“. Almost 2 years ago, 6-year-old Scarlett Chwatko was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Nearly a year later, Scarlett’s mother received a phone call from her son’s school asking about a planned family fundraiser. Apparently, Scarlett’s older brother Max and his friend Alex Travin had been telling jokes all around their school for donations to pediatric brain cancer research. Max felt this was his way to help people find a cure for his sister’s cancer and to help people “not feel so sad about the cancer”.

Hence, “The Comedy Kids” was born, even booking their first gig at a local farmer’s market where the families live (about 30 miles northeast of Yankee Stadium). They donated all their raised funds to a non-profit for cancer research called A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation. Since that first gig in November, The Comedy Kids have set up a website and raised more than $20,000 for cancer research. Their site also helps other kids set up fundraisers for other causes. The Yankees joined in with their own $10,000 donation tonight.

This afternoon, Tyler Clippard, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Aaron Judge and Tommy Layne toured Rockefeller Center with Max and Alex, visiting Studio 8H so the boys could tell jokes on the famed Saturday Night Live stage. Then they hung out with Jimmy Fallon (who is also a huge Yankees fan) on the set of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and they gave him pointers on comedy.

Honestly, there are some HOPE Week recipients you never forget. And these kids are right there at the top of my list. Max and Alex are some pretty special kids, who are not only helping out Scarlett but also empowering other kids to find their cause and change their own piece of the world.

Go Yankees!

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