Well that was an ugly follow up to Friday night’s thrilling comeback win. The Yankees jumped out to an early lead Saturday afternoon and everything was looking great … and then it all came crashing down. Luis Severino had his worst start of the season and that was that. The final score was 10-5. It’s Saturday and I haven’t taken the easy way out in a while now, so let’s recap this one with bullet points:
- An Early Lead: Gary Sanchez hit one of the silliest home runs I’ve ever seen. It looked like a late defensive swing on a fastball, and off the bat, I thought it was going way foul. Instead, Sanchez managed to keep it fair and into the short porch for a two-run home run. I have no idea how he kept it fair. The official measurement on that home run was 364 feet. It wasn’t a cheapie. Gary got it good. The Yankees took a quick 2-0 lead in the first.
- Sevy’s Dud: Did Severino get hurt by some bad defense behind him? Yes. But he also walked the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters in the second inning, and put two pitches on a tee for Andrew Benintendi, who hit a pair of three-run home runs. Severino started great too. Seven quick outs and he was dominant. Then he couldn’t put Christian Vazquez or Jackie Bradley Jr. away in the third inning, and it snowballed. His final line: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Yeesh. It happens, so shake it off and do better in five days.
- Too Little, Too Late: After the Red Sox took a 5-2 lead in the third, the Yankees had a golden opportunity in the fourth inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs! Jacoby Ellsbury got a run in with a weak ground ball to cut the deficit to 5-3. And that was it. Ronald Torreyes popped up in foul territory on the first pitch, and Brett Gardner flew out. Chase Headley and Ellsbury hit back-to-back homers in the ninth, but by then the game was out of hand.
- Leftovers: Good afternoon for the bullpen, at least. Gio Gallegos chewed up 2.2 innings and Bryan Mitchell threw two. No runs allowed. I guess this means Mitchell isn’t starting in place of Masahiro Tanaka on Monday? … Todd Frazier went 0-for-3 with a walk and made a crucial error in that third inning. I didn’t think he had a chance to turn a double play with Eduardo Nunez running, but he should’ve gotten at least one out. Instead, he bobbled the transfer and got zero outs, loading the bases … Sanchez, Headley, and Didi Gregorius each went 2-for-4. The rest of the Yankees went 3-for-24 (.185).
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Don’t miss our Bullpen Workload page either. The Yankees and Red Sox will wrap up this three-game series Sunday night, during the ESPN Sunday Night Game. Chris Sale and Jordan Montgomery will be on the mound. Montgomery will indeed make that start after taking a line drive to the head during batting practice.