After the game, manager Joe Girardi stated that Luis Severino is young, but has great upside.
Tonight we saw what that upside could be.
Severino, who came up late in 2015 and who was 5-3, 2.89 in 11 starts that year but who went 0-8, 8.50 starting last year (sophomore jinx), pitched a beauty.
He gave length, kept the team in the game, got the win, and struck out 11 in his 7 innings of pitching.
But if not for Aaron Hicks, he may have lost the game. Hicks hit two HR, one from each side of the plate, to account for all the Yankees’ runs in the 3-2 win that upped the Yanks’ record to 5-4.
Hicks HR’d in the first from the left side of the plate (1) to put the Yanks up 1-0.
Severino gave up a run in the second, and a solo HR in the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, I got a little pissed off at Hicks. Up to this point, the Yanks had squandered some scoring opportunities and were losing 2-1. Ellsbury led off the bottom of the fifth by drawing a walk. Hicks swung at the first pitch and GIDP.
That was bad baseball. Down a run, and with Ellsbury drawing a leadoff walk, you can either bunt him over or at the very least, take a pitch or two to give Ellsbury a chance to steal second.
Hicks (playing because Gardner is day to day after that baseline collision on Wednesday) made up for this gaffe by hitting a 2-run HR (2) in the seventh from the right side of the plate to put the Yanks up 3-2. They held on for the final score despite a scare in the eighth.
Betances relieved Severino and immediately gave up a walk and single to put runners on the corners with no one out. Two strikeouts and a come-backer later and he was out of it.
Severino (1-0, 4.50) 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 11 K. Gave up HR.
Betances (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.70
Chapman (S, 2 ) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00
So Yankees’ pitchers combined for 15 K in the game.
Greg Bird came back to the lineup but continued to struggle, going 0 for 4. He is 1 for 20 (.050). Hopefully he snaps out of it soon.
Austin Romine had 2 hits.
Top pitching prospect James Kaprielian will need to undergo TJ surgery which will knock him out until mid-2018. He missed most of 2016. Ouch.
In NFL news, Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney died at age 84.