Luis Severino pitched five scoreless innings before faltering in the sixth, and the Yanks (77-46) hit 4 HR in defeating Toronto 11-6 Saturday afternoon.
Before the game, the Yanks honored the greatest team I’ve seen in my lifetime, the 1998 Yankees squad that went 114-48 in the regular season, then 11-2 in the postseason to win the 1998 WS.
For Severino, it was a welcome return to form to the ace that he was before the 4th of July. The only thing missing was more length. Seve threw 100 pitches in his 5+ innings and you wish he could have stretched out into say, seven innings.
The fact he didn’t go seven made things a little hairy for a while.
Didi Gregorius got the Yanks on the board in the first inning with a 2-run HR (22).
The Yanks made it 3-0 in the second when Gleyber Torres singled, went to second on a WP, advanced to third when after the WP, the catcher made a throwing error, and after a strikeout and a walk, he scored on a SF by Austin Romine. Romine would later have to be removed from the game after taking a fouled off ball off of his catcher’s mask.
In the third, Giancarlo Stanton singled and Aaron Hicks walked. After an out, the red-hot Miguel Andujar doubled in two runs to make it 5-0. Torres reached on an error that moved Andujar to third, and Greg Bird’s RBI ground out made it 6-0.
In the fourth, a red-hot Giancarlo Stanton homered (32) to make it 7-0.
Andujar homered in the fifth (20) to make it 8-0. Andujar’s HR was the Yanks’ 200th of the season.
Severino gave up a double and RBI single leading off the sixth, spoiling his shutout bid, then was pulled after 100 pitches. Tommy Kahnle came in and was ineffective. A lineout and two consecutive singles cut the Yanks’ lead to 8-2. Kahnle then got a K, but a walk loaded the bases. In came Jonathan Holder, who gave up a single. An error by RF Neil Walker enabled all three runs to score, cutting the Yanks’ lead to 8-5 but the batter, ex-Yankee Billy McKinney, was nabbed at third when he overslid the bag.
So 8-0 became 8-5 and things were a bit hairy.
But the Yanks got three in the bottom of the eighth to salt the game away.
Greg Bird homered (10) to make it 9-5. Bird’s HR means the Yanks have nine guys with 10 or more. Andujar’s earlier HR means that they have five with 20 or more. Some other guys that may make it to ten are Romine at 8 and Neil Walker at 7 (Tyler Austin had 8 before he was sent down and eventually traded away).
After Bird’s HR, Walker singled and was PR for by Shane Robinson for defensive purposes. Kyle Higashioka, now in for the shaken-up Romine, singled. After a force out, Stanton was HBP to load the bases. Aaron Hicks walked to make it 10-5. Didi hit a SF to make it 11-5.
A.J. Cole gave up a run in the ninth before closing out the game. 11-6 Yanks, final.
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (32).
Gregorus 3 RBI, inc. 2-run HR (22)
Andujar 3 hits, 3 RBI (.300), inc. HR #20
Torres 2 hits
Bird 2 RBI, inc. HR #10
Severino (W, 16-6, 3.28) 5+ IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.94
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.28
Britton (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.32 (Balt/NYY)
Betances (H, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.28
Cole 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.66 (Wash/NYY)
The win keeps the Yanks 10 1/2 back of Boston for the AL East (unfortunately, with just 39 regular season games left, it appears the division title is out of play) but the Yanks are 3 games up for that top wild-card spot…
…. and if you didn’t notice, Houston and the A’s are now TIED for that AL West/2nd wild card spot.