NEW YORK — For the first time in 2019, Luis Severino was on a Major League mound and boy, did he look good. Though he only pitched for four innings, the right-hander showcased the electric stuff that has made him the Ace of the staff for a few years now.
In an 8-0 win against the Angels, Severino allowed just two hits and struckout four Halos in an impressive season debut. With him back in the fold and looking like the Severino of old, the Yankees suddenly have a formidable rotation that could carry them into a deep post-season run.
In the start, Severino’s fast ball almost touched 99 mph at one point, and averaged 96.6 mph throughout. He struggled a bit in the first but induced an Albert Pujols double play to get out of it, then settled in from there.
As for the offense, the Bombers had their way against any pitcher the Angels put on the mound. After two runs in the second inning, a six run explosion in the fourth was more than enough room for the Yankees to take home the victory.
The fourth inning scoring began on a DJ LeMahieu RBI-single to left field that made it 3-0, New York. Didi Gregorius then drove in two more on an RBI-double before Gleyber Torres cleared the bases with a three-run shot.
The long ball was Gleyber’s 38th home run of the year, an amazing feat for such a young player.
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The Magic number is two as the Yankees look to clinch the American League East. They continue to go head-to-head with the Astros as they both look to claim home field advantage.
The series continues tomorrow at 6:35 ET, with CC Sabathia on the mound versus Dillon Peters. Giancarlo Stanton could be activated from the IL and make his return to the lineup in the game.
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