The Yanks will be bringing up Greg Bird tomorrow. (Tommy Kahnle rejoined the Yanks today, replacing Ryan Bollinger, who was there for only one day). Tyler Austin is expected to be the move to go back to AAA. Tough call for Austin. Even though Austin is hitting just .231, he does have 8 HR, 23 RBI. His strikeout to walk ratio, however, is only 7/43, and that isn’t good. Consider him trade bait if the Yanks are looking into a decent starting pitcher.
The Yanks (32-15) stayed 1 game back of Boston by beating the Angels 2-1 tonight. Luis Severino didn’t have his best stuff, but even without it, went 6 innings and only gave up 1 run. Time to consider him as one of the best pitchers in baseball.
In the first, with two on and one out, Seve got Albert Pujols to GIDP.
In the bottom of the second, Sanchez singled. Didi hit into what at the time, was thought to be a DP. The Yanks appealed, force out instead. This appeal would decide the game. After a walk to Hicks, and an Austin strikeout, Andujar walked (which he does not do often, as the rookie is a free-swinger). Bases loaded, two out for the wunderkind, Torres. He gets an infield single that drives in a run, but after some sloppy fielding, Hicks tries to score to and is nailed at the plate.
With two on and two out in the top of the third, Justin Upton singled to RF, but Aaron Judge fired a laser to home to nail the runner at the plate, preserving the Yanks’ one-run lead. Run Saved.
In the fifth, the player I consider the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, sliced one down the line into the upper deck in RF off of Severino to tie the game at 1. Severino has given up just three HR all year, and one is to Trout and another to Ohtani.
In the bottom of that inning, the Yanks loaded the bases with two out for Stanton, but he popped up.
In the top of the seventh, Judge threw out a runner trying for a double. What is fortunate about this is that, unlike the laser to the plate before, it seemed as if Judge did not throw this ball particularly hard to 2B for this out. The next batter singled, so this probably saved another run.
Bottom of the seventh. For the fourth consecutive game, Gleyber Torres homers (9) and it gives the Yanks a 2-1 lead. We heard the hype when the Yanks got him at the age of 19 two years ago. The hype is real. Torres also ranged far to his left to make a fine defensive play tonight.
With one on and two out in the top of the eighth, Chapman is called upon for a four-out save. He comes on with a man on first, two out to face Ohtani, and he gets him (after a WP) on a groundout.
Judge 2 OF assists.
Wow. Didi’s slump has him down to .240
Torres 2 hits. Both RBI. HR.
Severino 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 W, 5 K. 2.28. Gave up 1 HR. Thanks to Judge.
Green (W, 3-0, 2.42) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Thanks to Judge.
Robertson (H, 7) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.76
Chapman (S, 10) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.33
Surprising: Boston DFAd Hanley Ramirez, a Yankee-killer.