Yankees’ left handed hitter Lyle Overbay hit an opposite field grand slam against Royals’ starter Wade Davis on Wednesday night, as the Yankees jumped out on top of Royals’ starter Wade Davis for 8 runs. It’s never good to give up a grand slam to anyone, but to the 36 year old journeyman infielder Lyle Overbay? That’s extra bad.
However, Overbay as been solid in the power department all year long really. He’s collected 11 homers and 40 RBIs already as a role player for the Yankees, and has posted a solid .428 slugging percentage on the year. As a left handed hitter hitting at Yankee stadium, this is to be expected with the short porch in right field.
Wade Davis, meanwhile, was looking for his 6th good start in his last 7 attempts. Needless to say, he didn’t get it after allowing 8 runs to the Yankees. 2013 as a whole has been a struggle on Davis, who has pitched to a 4-7 (4-8 if he Yankees hang on tonight) record on the year and an incredibly high 5.89 ERA and 1.75 WHIP on the season. Davis came to Kansas City in the trade that sent James Shields to KC and Wil Myers to Tampa Bay. He didn’t have his good stuff tonight, and Lyle Overbay, yes- Lyle Overbay, made him pay for it with an opposite field grand slam. Oof.