Luis Severino pitched seven shutout innings, and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (7) to lead the Yanks to a 3-1 win over Boston up in Fenway tonight. The win improves the Yanks’ record to 12-7.
Judge’s 2-run HR came in the second inning, after Castro reached on an error, and later in the game he made a nice play going into the stands to catch a foul ball.
Meanwhile, Severino is pitching like we thought he would last year after going 5-3, 2.89 in 11 starts at the end of 2015. Instead, he had the dreaded “sophomore jinx.”
In the sixth, Judge walked, went to second on a WP and scored on a single off the Green Monster by Greg Bird. Boy, does Bird need that.
Severino went 7 scoreless innings, and Betances dominated the 8th.
Then Girardi pissed me off.
I absolutely HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE (have I said it enough?) when a manager takes out a setup guy who just kicked butt just so they can bring in a closer just because he is the closer.
For after Betances dominated the eighth, Chapman almost blew the game in the ninth.
If a guy is doing well, why are you making a change just for the sake of making a change?
Leave the guy doing well in the game for crying out loud? Is that such a difficult concept?
More managers blow games by doing this, and SHOULD BE FIRED FOR DOING SO, than win games.
Severino (W, 2-1, 3.00) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Betances (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.29
Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.23.
Next time Joe, save Chapman for another day. If Betances is kicking ass, leave him the hell in there.
Oh yeah, nice to see the Yanks play Boston w/out that big guy on Boston beating us up.