Disaster #2: Brayan Bello Shuts Down Yanks in Nitecap of Doubleheader. Boston 4 NY 1

The Yankees' only run came in the top of the 1st on a groundout by Anthony Rizzo.

Of all pitchers to go up against for the struggling Yankee lineup — young phenom Brayan Bello in the night cap of a double header where the Yankees lost the 1st game.

The Yankees swung the bats better, but only produced 1 run — and their veteran ace Luis Severino was out done.

Final score Boston 4 NY 1 and a Red Sox sweep of the doubleheader and 3-game series — making the otherwise sunny-blue-sky, beautiful Sunday Father’s Day afternoon a dud for Yankee fans.

“Obviously it continues to be a challenge for us to score runs,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “I thought overall, better at bats tonite vs the afternoon. They made some really good plays against us on some well-hit balls. We’re going thru a stretch where it’s been difficult. Bello’s tough — he can be really tough on righties, moving the ball and with his sinker. Rizz hits a ball — that’s a big play in the game — that falls into his lap out there. We hit some other balls on the nose and had some scoring opportunities, but couldn’t break through.”

NY falls to 39-33, 10.5 behind Tampa, 5.5 behind Baltimore, and .5 ahead of Toronto. Boston improves to 37-35.

1. Yanks Again Jump on Top in 1st

Just like the 1st game, the Yankees jumped on top in the top of the 1st — and things were looking good.

  • Just like the 1st game, Jake Bauers led off and got on (in the 1st game he had 2 doubles of the Yanks’ 4 hits).
  • Just like the 1st game, Gleyber Torres followed with an extra base hit — in the 1st game a HR, in this game a double to put 2nd and 3rd, nobody out.
  • Anthony Rizzo grounded out for a 1-0 Yankee lead.
  • And just like the 1st game, Giancarlo Stanton struck out — this time with the runner on 3rd and 1 out.

And that was it for the Yankee offense.

2. Severino Out Done & Un Doned

Luis Severino pitched ok but not nearly good enough. He was done in by runs coming in with 2 outs — once by his defense. He walked batters and allowed a lot of infield singles. He finished with 5 innings, 4 runs, 3 earned runs.

  • Severino allowed a leadoff single to Rafael Devers in the 2nd, and he came around to score on a 2-out double by Enrique Hernandez.
  • Severino pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd, with 2 strikeouts.
  • But Severino got in trouble in the 4th — a single, single, walk loaded the bases with 1 out. He got Hernandez to pop out, but with 2 outs Reese McGuire was awarded 1st base on Catcher’s Interference — McGuire’s bat hitting Kyle Higashioka‘s glove as he fouled off a pitch — scoring a run.
  • In the 5th, a walk, infield single, and walk loaded the bases again with 1 out. Severino struck out Rob Refsnyder but Triston Casas hit a ground-rule double for a 4-1 Boston lead.

“I thought Sevy’s fastball was good,” said Boone afterwards. “Got himself into a little bit of trouble there, a couple of walks, the bloop into centerfield. So I thought stuff wise he was good; made a couple of mistakes with some off-speed pitches. I think there are some things to take out of his last 2 starts that are hopefully things that will propel him forward — mainly ‘stuff’ and the ease with which that stuff is coming out now.”

3. Bello Great — Again

Meanwhile Brayan Bello was Great. He shut down the Yanks just like he did last week, when he pitched 7 innings of 3 hit ball against NY at the Stadium.

Bello is an elite, 24-year-old pitching prospect for Boston whom Pedro Martinez has taken under his wing. Pedro has said Bello is more talented than he was.

After the 1st inning, Bello shut down the Yanks for 7 innings, allowing 4 hits this time, striking out 8.

The Yanks did get the barrel of the bat on him several times, but were unable to cash in.

4. Rizzo Just Misses in the 5th

One of those times was the top of the 3rd, with Bauers on 2nd and 1 out — Anthony Rizzo hit what looked like it would be a 2-run homer to center, but centerfielder Adam Duvall just got it with a basket catch by the wall.

In the 6th, Jake Bauers led off with what looked like it would be a single up the middle, but Pablo Reyes made a spectacular play on it for an out. Gleyber Torres then doubled, and Giancarlo Stanton worked a walk with 2 outs, but Josh Donaldson grounded out to end the inning.

5. Yankee Bullpen Good

The Yankee bullpen pitched 3 shutout innings:

6. Yanks Do Not Rally

The Yanks went out 1-2-3 against reliever Josh Winckowski in the 8th, and Kenley Jensen allowed a 2-out single to Jose Trevino in the 9th, but struck out Anthony Volpe for the old ballgame.

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