OAKLAND — Thing were looking positive for the Yankees to begin the game, as they loaded up the bases, with two outs in the first, for the red-hot Luke Voit. Unfortunately for New York, that was as good as it got all night as everything that could go wrong, went wrong, in the bottom half of the first inning.
In Luis Severino and Gary Sanchez, the Yankees are supposed to of the premier at their respective positions. Tonight, however, both struggled to execute and to communicate with each other.
In an ugly first inning, multiple cross-ups between the two led to two wild pitches and two passed balls that resulted in four early runs for Oakland. In reality, all of those could have been called passed balls on the Yankee catcher.
While Severino did not in any way have his best stuff also, it is hard to blame a pitcher when he, himself, cannot trust the man he is throwing to. Sanchez’s defensive struggles have haunted the Yankees all season and it does not seem like it’s going to get better.
While the tandem of Severino and Sanchez still seem most likely for the Wild Card game, this performance from both has definitely taken out the definitiveness of this happening in the mind of manager Aaron Boone.
In the end, Severino ended the night with a line of six runs (five earned) on six hits, in just 2 2/3 innings.
Unfortunately for him, the Yankee offense could not get anything done against Mike Fiers after their first inning. The team was limited to just five hits and two runs on the night.
Ironically enough, it was a Sanchez two-run homer that got them on the board in the seventh.