Severino’s Turn: 7 Innings of 1-hit Shutout Ball. NY 3 Detroit 0

It was Luis Severino‘s turn.

After Jameson Taillon pitched a Perfect Game to the 8th on Thursday, and Gerrit Cole followed with a Perfect Game through 2 outs in the 7th on Friday, Severino took the mound to try and equal them.

Severino allowed a hit in the 2nd inning — but no more hits after that in throwing down a 7-inning, 1-hit shutout performance, with 10 strikeouts, 1 walk. He moved his record to 4-1 2.95.

He threw a Gem, that equaled the performances of Cole and Taillon, and Cortes who threw 7 shutout innings before that, and Monty who threw 7 innings of 4-hit, 1-run ball in the start before Cortes.

Michael King and Clay Holmes pitched easy shutout innings to combine with Severino on the 1-hit shutout.

Aaron Judge — leading off and playing centerfield — hit a homerun as the first Yankee batter in the game and that proved to be the game winner. Anthony Rizzo added a solo homer in the 6th and the Yanks got an insurance run on a sac fly in the 8th.

NY 3 Detroit 0.

The Yanks are now 38-15 — a .717 winning percentage. The best record in baseball. They are now 6.5 ahead of Toronto and 7 ahead of Tampa. Detroit falls to 21-32.

1. Severino 1-Hit Shutout

When asked what made him effective this afternoon, Severino joked, “Watching every starter go 7?” He added, “I’m afraid to get in trade. So if I don’t get to 6 or 7, not good enough. So I need to go out there and do my best every time they give me the ball.”

The 1 hit Detroit mustered all afternoon was a SHOT to shortstop by Miguel Cabrera to lead off the 2nd, that Isiah Kiner-Falefa could not handle.

“He was nasty tonite. Everything was working,” said Isiah Kiner-Falefa about Severino afterwards. “He’s a bulldog out there. He wants the ball in his hand. He was getting ahead, and just putting everyone away.”

Severino was helped in the 3rd by a tremendous play by Josh Donaldson at 3rd, who roamed into left to catch a tough fly ball in the sun, falling to the ground while catching it behind him.

2. Judge Leadoff Batter and Centerfielder

When the Yankees announced their lineup before the game, it became official that Aaron Judge is the new centerfielder — because Aaron Hicks was listed as playing, but playing Left Field with Judge in center. Joey Gallo in right.

And Judge was leading off.

And so Judge came up in the bottom of the 1st as the leadoff batter — and hit a homerun. His 21st of the year. His first leadoff homer of his career.

3. Brieske Surprises. But Rizzo Gets Him

Beau Brieske started for the Tigers, and he came in with an 0-4 5.25 record. Giancarlo Stanton followed Judge in the 1st by Ripping a double to deep center and it looked like it might be a long afternoon for Brieske and the Tigers.

Suzyn Waldman on the radio said “Detroit is really banged up. Brieske should be in Double A.”

John Sterling added that a scout said Brieske’s “pitches are in the middle of the plate.” And, John added “You can’t do that in the major leagues.”

But Brieske pitched a 1-2-3 second inning and a 1-2-3 third inning, allowed only a walk in the 4th, and pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning. Finally with 2 outs in the 6th, Anthony Rizzo hit a BOMB to the 2nd Deck in right field for a 2-0 Yankee lead.

As Suzyn Waldman said at the time, “Oh wow! Wow was that a shot!”

The Yankees have injected their lineup with lefty power hitters for Yankee Stadium and it feels like the old days — when the Yankees always had lefty power hitters who hit homers into the short porch or bombs into the upper deck in right.

Brieske finished with 6 innings of 3-hit ball, allowing the 2 homeruns. It was the best performance by a Double A pitcher in the Major Leagues this year.

3. Insurance Run

The Yanks loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the 8th off Detroit reliever Joe Jiménez, on a Kyle Higashioka walk, Aaron Hicks single, and Aaron Judge walk. Josh Donaldson hit a sac fly to center for the 3-0 Yankee lead.

4. King & Holmes Wrap It Up

Michael King came in after several days of rest — as he had been getting hit and walking guys. King struck out the first batter he faced then got two lineouts for a 1-2-3 8th inning. So that was pretty good news for the Yanks.

Clay Holmes came in for the 9th, and got an easy 1-2-3 inning — groundout, strikeout, groundout — for the old ballgame.


  • News broke during the game that Miguel Andujar has requested to be traded, after being told the day before that he was being moved back to AAA to make room for Tim Locastro. This is the ifteenth time Andujar has been sent back to the minors. This year he’s been hitting the ball well (.268 average in 41 at bats) and playing a good left field.

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