Severino Pulled in 2nd with Shoulder Tightness. Yanks Win in 10th. NY 7 Reds 6

DJ LeMahieu scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning for a Yankee walkoff 7-6 win at Yankee Stadium. NY came all the way back from an early 4-0 deficit.

But it was the cause of that deficit that put a damper on the evening — Luis Severino allowed 3 consecutive homeruns in the 2nd inning, and then was pulled from the game (after retiring the rest of the side) with shoulder tightness. He’s to undergo an MRI tomorrow.

The Yankee walkoff win came courtesy of Reds’ Ace reliever Alexis Diaz, who threw consecutive wild pitches while pitching to Giancarlo Stanton in the 10th — apparently overcome by the aura of Stanton — who had hit a huge homer in the bottom of the 8th to tie the score. Diaz actually intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo to get to Stanton, to avoid the lefty and set up a double play situation — but then apparently tried too hard.

The win ended NY’s 3-game losing streak — all horrid losses. The Yanks improve to 62-26 .705 — 14 games ahead of Tampa and now 15.5 ahead of the Red Sox, and 15.5 ahead of Toronto, who just fired their manager Charlie Montoyo. Yowsa. Cincinnati falls to 33-55.

On a hot Summer Wednesday evening in the Bronx.

1.  Severino Right Shoulder Tightness

Severino said he felt the tightness earlier in the day, and in the bullpen, and it was preventing him from ‘letting loose’ in the game. His velocity was also down.

“My first pitch was like 90, 91. That’s not me,” Severino said afterwards. “After that second inning, when I was warming up, it was getting worse. I told myself, ‘Before something even bigger happens, stop it right here.’ Hopefully it’s not something that will take that much time.”

Severino being back as an ace was one of the reasons why Yankee.Blue predicted a 102-win season for these Yankees — he had looked so good at the end of Spring training and was obviously going to give the Yanks a terrific starting staff. And that prediction has played out — until now.

Severino has pitched brilliantly this season — and was ripped off of wins in several of his last few starts — back-to-back losses to Houston by scores of 3-1 and 2-1, before beating Pittsburgh 16-0 with 6 shutout innings (striking out 10) in his last start. He came in with a 5-3 3.11 record, and could have easily been 7-1.

Severino had a rough 1st inning — walking 2 and allowing a single, but got three groundouts, allowing 1 run.

In the 2nd, Cincinnati pounced on the Ace — homerun Kyle Farmer to left, leading off; homerun by Mike Moustakas to right; homerun by Stuart Fairchild to left.

Clearly there was something wrong with Severino. But he reared back and got a groundout, strikeout, groundout to end the inning.

2. Yanks Come Back with 5 Runs in 3rd

NY was down 4-0 and it looked like another horrid night was playing out — but the Yanks pounded Reds starter Mike Minor in the bottom of the 3rd.

Joey Gallo led the rally off with a walk, and LeMahieu singled. After Aaron Judge (0-4 on the evening) struck out — Anthony Rizzo hit a grounder that went under the glove of 2nd baseman Jonathan India for an error and a run.

Gleyber Torres ten singled in 2 to make it a 4-3 game.

Josh Donaldson walked to load the bases and Isiah Kiner-Falefa cleared them with a double to deep center — NY 6 Cincinnati 5.

3. Sears Give the Lead Back

JP Sears came in for Severino and was magnificent in the 3rd and 4th — pitching 1-2-3 innings and striking out the last 2 of the 4th.

But in the 5th, he allowed a double, walk, strikeout, double — for a run — and sac fly — for another run and 6-5 Cincinnati lead.

Sears pitched into the 6th before being relieved by Albert Abreu, who also pitched the 7th.

It is inconceivable that Albert Abreu is a) back on the Yankees and b) an important cog in their bullpen all of a sudden — after having been traded to begin the year (for Jose Trevino) and recently getting released by Texas.

But here he is — in the Dog Days of summer when injuries catch up to teams.

4. Chapman Rejuvenation

Aroldis Chapman pitched a shutout 8th — working around yet another throwing error by Isiah Kiner-Falefa that had Yankee Twitter in a twatter.

5. Stanton HR Ties It

Giancarlo Stanton got the biggest Yankee hit of the game — a game-tying homer to opposite field — the short porch in right to lead off the bottom of the 8th off reliever Ian Gibaut.

6. Holmes Redemption in 9th

Clay Holmes — who had uncharacteristically and horrifically blown the game the night before — was put right back into the fire by manager Aaron Boone — pitching the top of the 9th in the tied game. And Holmes walked the first batter he faced. But then struck out India.

Holmes allowed an infield single to put 1st and 2nd, 1 out — and then went 3-0 to Tommy Phan and it looked like another nightmare was happening in front of our eyes. But Holmes came back with 2 strikes to Phan before getting him on a fly.

Holmes then went 3-0 on Joey Votto before throwing a strike and then getting him on a grounder to Kiner-Falefa.

All of that was a HUGE, gut-wrenching-for-fans inning by Holmes.

7. King Works Out of Jam in 10th

Michael King came on for the 10th, with the inherited runner automatically on 2nd, and allowed a leadoff single — making it 1st and 3rd — nobody out. But King got TOUGH and struck out Matt Reynolds and got Kyle Farmer to ground into a double play!

8. Walk Off on Wild Pitches

So it was to the bottom of the 10th — with DJ LeMahieu the inherited runner at 2nd. Cincinnati Ace reliever Alexis Diaz on the mound.

Diaz struck out Aaron Judge, then intentionally walked the lefty Anthony Rizzo to face Giancarlo Stanton.

Well you don’t spit into the wind and you don’t pull on Superman’s cape, and you don’t throw back to back wild pitches — which is what Diaz did to allow the runners to first move up, and then LeMahieu to score for the old ballgame.

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