Luis Severino and Yankees rule out Blue Jay to split series

Coming into this series, you’d be forgiven for expecting a high-flying series of attack-filled games, but for the third time in four days, a team found themselves unable to push a run through the plate, and for the second time in three days, the Yankees pitching team won. From the first pitch to (almost) the playoff, the Yankees pitching team put on a masterful pitching performance, putting out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. four times en route to a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

There’s only one way to describe Luis Severino’s performance tonight: absolutely dominant. His last line is pretty impressive — five scoreless innings with just two hits, two walks and six strikeouts — but in truth, the line doesn’t tell the whole story. Even after losing Teoscar Hernández last night to an oblique injury, the Blue Jays’ roster is stacked, and yet Severino cut them as if playing MLB The Show on the lowest difficulty setting. In his five innings of work, he generated 15 puffs and held opposing hitters to just .139 xBA. Its cutter/slider (Statcast doesn’t know exactly what it is) and change in particular were on point, making up 13 puffs.

That said, it hasn’t all been easy for the young right-hander. Toronto threatened early, with a brace from Bo Bichette putting a runner in one-out scoring position for the ever-dangerous Guerrero Jr. Severino, however, pulled him out. An inside fastball escaped Sevy and dived Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but he brought Raimel Tapia into line in third to end the inning.

Receiver Alejandro Kirk opened the second with a swinging bunt single that had a launch angle of -62 degrees and an exit speed of just 54.8 mph. He would reach second place when Cavan Biggio walked. After Santiago Espinal flew to center field, Bradley Zimmer hit a rare error from Anthony Rizzo, who dropped a throw from second baseman DJ LeMahieu on a soft ground fly ball. With the bases loaded, an out and the top of the order coming, the Blue Jays were ready to open play. George Springer, however, hit a fly ball into right field for an easy out, but he didn’t. didn’t go deep enough for the slow Kirk to go from third, and Bichette retired to second to end the set.

Severino opened the start of the third by giving Guerrero his second strikeout of the game. From that point on, he allowed only one more base runner, walking Kirk to lead at the top of fourth. He struck out the last six batters he faced, three on strikeouts, and capped off his night by doing something historic. By hitting Guerrero to complete the fifth, Severino became only the first pitcher in the first baseman’s young career to retire him three times in one game.

I think I speak for everyone when I say, “I missed Sevy’s takedown cry, and I hope to see a lot more of that this year.”

What made Severino’s performance even more exciting was the fact that Kevin Gausman was in charge of the Blue Jays. He struck out the first seven batters he faced, though he needed a little help from Guerrero when Rizzo threw him a line drive at 109.2 mph. Against the first seven batters in the lineup, he recorded nine strikeouts and allowed only two hits. But tonight, his Achilles heel was … the bottom of the Yankees roster, which went 4-for-4 against him despite the No. 8 and 9 Yankees in order entering the game. a combined 3 for 42 on the season.

With one out in the top of the third, Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit the ball twice — a fact that Phil Hughes brought to the attention of YES Network — as he lashed a single over Espinal’s head at third base. Gausman then pushed him back to second, which allowed him to score when Gurriel popped Jose Trevino’s bloop single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Despite Trevino reaching second on the wrong play, that was all they would get, as Josh Donaldson retired and Aaron Judge flew to center field to end the inning.

The Yankees offense would be stifled again in the fourth inning, but in the fifth, IKF returned to home plate and restarted the offense. He laced a ground ball on a Bichette diver’s glove for a two-out double. Trevino then hit another bloop single that found the green in the outfield, and Kiner-Falefa came back to score to extend the lead to 2.

In the sixth and seventh, the Blue Jays tried to cut the lead as the Yankees looked for an insurance run, and with both teams threatening, no one was able to cross until the bottom of the eighth inning. . Judge opened the inning with a double, then advanced to third when Rizzo failed at first base, and finally scored on the contact play when Giancarlo Stanton failed Bichette at short range to give the Yankees a 3 lead. -0.

Unfortunately, it became immediately apparent in the top of the ninth that the Yankees needed every run. To say Aroldis Chapman had absolutely nothing going for him tonight would be an understatement: Facing the bottom of the order, he walked all three batters he faced, throwing just four strikes in total. Aaron Boone picked up Michael King in a hurry and, after buying as much time as possible, fired him closer to the game after the three-batter minimum.

With the bases loaded, no one coming out and the top of the order coming in, things looked grim and the script seemed set for Guerrero to absolve his first career sombrero with a game-winning shot in the ninth. But King came out with a vengeance, knocking out Springer on three pitches and forcing Bichette to hit an easy understudy to LeMahieu, who tossed the ball to Rizzo to double over Matt Chapman to end the game and keep Guerrero on the bench. Five throws, five strikes and three strikeouts – a truly royal outing.

Luis Severino records the victory, becoming the first Yankees starting pitcher to record a victory in 2022, while Kevin Gausman is marked by the loss. Thanks to Chapman’s mess cleanup, King earns the first stoppage of his career, as he continues to show early on that he deserves more high leverage rounds this year. With the win, the Yankees move to 4-3 this season, and while we’re not looking at the scoreboard yet, it gives them a share of first place in the tight AL East.

The Yankees return to action tomorrow, taking their first road trip of the year as they head to Camden Yards to take on the Baltimore Orioles. Jordan Montgomery gets the ball for the Yankees, after being given the go-ahead after being hit by a line drive in Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox; Jordan Lyles will oppose him. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and as always, we’ll have all the coverage you need here.

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