DETROIT- The Yankees took game one of two in today’s doubleheader against the Tigers this afternoon thanks to another strong start from Severino and plenty of output from the offense.
Although a score of 7-4 does not exactly signify a blowout, this afternoon’s game did seem to favor the Yankees because of Severino’s ace-like performance and the amount of firepower the Yankee lineup provided.
Severino certainly did his job, but the bullpen ran into a bit of trouble in the ladder innings and forced Boone to call on Aroldis Chapman to finish the game.
As mentioned, Luis Severino turned in another dominant performance against an under .500 Tiger ball club. Aside from a first-inning hiccup when Miguel Cabrera doubled home the first run of the game, Sevvy did not allow another earned run the rest of the way.
Firmly established as a Cy Young candidate, Severino improved his record to 9-1 with a 2.20 ERA. The 24-year-old finished his day with another glimmering stat line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0BB, 10 SO, 112 pitches, 85 strikes.
Switching over to the offense, the Yankee lineup gave Severino plenty of run support in the first game, scoring seven runs off three homers against the Tigers.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Rookie of the Year candidate Gleyber Torres tied the game when he knocked his 10th home run of the year off Drew VerHagen.
The Yankees would go on to score the rest of their runs in the 4th, putting up a 6 spot against Detroit.
Greg Bird got the ball rolling by sending a ball into the centerfield stands which gave the Yankees their first lead of the game.
The very same inning, the newly-recalled Clint Frazier hit a single of his own, driving in Didi Gregorius to give the Bombers a 4-1 lead.
Shortly after, Austin Romine belted a 3-run home run that pushed the lead to 6 runs in the 4th inning. The back-up catcher has been on a tear of late, combining his usual stellar defense with a hot bat, further showcasing his value to the team.
Notably, Romine has hit safely in each of his last 11 games and now sits at a .373 batting average on the year.
Gleyber Torres’ 3rd inning bomb that evened the score at 1.