Game 157. Seve looks great in Yanks’ 8-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (102-55) beat Toronto 8-3 on Sunday to ensure they’ll have home-field advantage in the ALDS, and they hit 3 HR but the most encouraging news of the day was how Luis Severino did.

In just his second start of the season, the Yankees’ ace threw five shutout innings, striking out nine, in getting the victory. He threw 80 pitches, and the first 12 or 13 or so were all strikes.

He was dominant. Just coming off the IL, he was limited pitch-count wise, so just the five innings, but he was the Seve we were hoping for and need to see in the postseason.

Aaron Judge started things off right away with a first-inning HR. #26. But the inning wasn’t over. After that, both Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit walked, then Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (27) to make it 4-0.

In the second inning, D.J. LeMahieu homered (26) to make it 6-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, LeMahieu and Judge singled. A WP moved both runners up and Stanton hit a SF to make it 7-0, Judge moving to third.  Voit singled in Judge to make it 8-0.

Ex-Yankee Billy McKinney hit 2 HR for Toronto, a 2-run shot in the seventh and a solo HR in the ninth for the final score of 8-3.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI; 2-run HR (26)  .329   99 RBI now.
Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (26)
Gardner 3-run HR (27)

With the 3 HR, the Yanks still lead the Twins, 298-297, for the new record to be, but the Yanks do have Tampa Bay Wed. and Thursday while the Twins have not only one more game to play than the Yanks, but play KC and Detroit—-two awful teams.

Severino (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, (1 HBP), 9 K.
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  7.36
Lyons 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR. 7.36
Cortes, Jr. 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  5.51

The Yanks will be going with openers both Tuesday and Wednesday at Tampa Bay. CC will come out of the bullpen sometime Tuesday. Happ will come out of the bullpen sometime Wednesday. Tanaka is being skipped over for more rest.

The three games in Texas over the weekend will see Paxton Friday, Severino Saturday and Tanaka on Sunday.

This is interesting, that CC and Happ are coming out of the bullpen this week. It leads me to wonder if, as in 2009, the Yanks are going to go with just three starters in the postseason, and then LIMIT those starters’ innings to four or five and then heavily rely on the bullpen (which would include both Happ and CC) from innings four or five on.

Before the game today, the Yanks had a nice celebration for the retiring CC Sabathia.

Houston won, so the Yanks stay 1/2 game behind them for best record in the majors. Houston owns the tiebreaker. Should the Yanks make the WS, they have a 1 1/2 game edge over the Dodgers, and the Yanks own the tiebreaker over LA.

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