BRONX, N.Y. — Luis Severino reverted back to his sophomore slump season in his outing against the Blue Jays on Monday night and the New York Yankees lost, 7-1.
Severino, who has been dominant early on this year, struggled to finish hitters off and struck out only three in 5.2 innings. The young righty struck out a combined sixteen hitters in his previous two outings. Severino only recorded a first pitch strike on 14 of the 27 batters he faced.
Marco Estrada was on the mound for the Blue Jays and dominated Yankee hitters over seven innings of work. Estrada allowed seven hits but only allowed one earned and did not walk a single batter.
The only success the Yankees had hitting the ball came in the fourth inning when Aaron Judge laced a single to right field that plated Starlin Castro.
The Yankees sent down Bryan Mitchell prior to tonight’s game and brought up Luis Cessa, who saw action in his first game back with the big league team. Cessa struggled in his 3.1 innings of work, allowing four hits and two earned runs.
The Yankees have struggled to get consistency out of most of their long-relief pitchers this year, aside from Adam Warren. Luis Cessa now holds over a 5 ERA and Bryan Mitchell is over a 6 ERA.
35 pitches for Luis Cessa, who shouldn’t get comfortable in his hotel room. Most likely heading back to AAA for a fresh arm tomorrow.
With the loss and subsequent Orioles victory, the Yankees now sit a game out of first place in the division, at 15-9.
Masahiro Tanaka will try to get the Yankees back on track when he takes on Blue Jays starter Mat Latos on Tuesday night.
Win- Marco Estrada
Loss- Luis Severino
The Yankees have lost two games in a row and it is due to the lack of production with runners in scoring position. Yesterday, the Yankees were 3-13 with runners in scoring position and today they were a mere 1-9. The opportunities have been there for the Bronx Bombers — they just need to capitalize.