Game 106. Severino great in debut, but Yanks fall, 2-1.

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In his major league debut, Luis Severino became the first AL pitcher EVER to give up two hits or less, with no walks and 7 k in his MLB debut. Ever.

The kid (21) looked good. Went five innings, only made one or two mistakes.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the Yanks lost 2-1, and their lead in the AL East has been cut to 4 1/2. It is six in the loss column, which is good. The Yanks have three more games to play than Toronto, which means three games in hand. If the Yanks win those three more games, there is nothing the Blue Jays can do. You control your own destiny, there.

After a week of simply pounding the baseball, and putting up run totals of 21, 13 (twice), and 12, it goes to figure that a knuckleball pitcher would throw them off their rhythm.

The only run the Yanks scored was on a seventh inning Carlos Beltran HR (9, #382 career, tying him with Jim Rice and Frank Howard on the all-time list).

Boston scored an unearned run in the second. With two out, Headley made a two-base throwing error and De Aza got an RBI double.  Ortiz homered in the fourth.

One thing I NEVER see, from Yankees’ pitchers or any other pitcher, is a brushback pitch. Fire one at Big Papi’s butt or at his feet. Nobody ever makes him move. Heck, if Drysdale or Gibson were pitching, they would knock him down. They knocked down Aaron, Mays, Frank Robinson. Pitchers let him (Ortiz) get too comfortable. Fire one inside at his butt or feet (I don’t advocate head hunting). Make him uncomfortable. Make him move his feet.

The Yanks did have two on in the ninth, but Brian McCann, pinch-hitting, flied out to end the game.

Severino (L, 0-1, 1.80) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 earned, 2 H, 0 walks, 7 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.40.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 2.13.

Before the game, Cotham and Rumbelow were sent down to make room for Severino and Jones. Yes, after DFAing Jones to make room for Ackley, the Yanks re-signed Jones because Ackley got hurt. So Jones is replacing the guy who replaced him.

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