Martian Homers; Severino Goes Down. Brewers Rally Late. Milwaukee 8 NY 2

The Martian hits his 3rd homer in his 7th MLB game -- a 2-run homer in the 3rd to put NY 2-0.

It all started off so well — Aaron Judge singled in the 3rd and The Martian Jasson Dominguez ripped ANOTHER homer to right for a 2-0 Yankee lead.

But Luis Severino gave it right back, coughing up a 2-run homer to Wily Adames in the top of the 4th, and in the 5th pulled a muscle in his back or side and was removed for Jhony Brito.

Brito pitched pretty well, allowing a run in 2.1 innings, but Jonathan Loaisiga and Greg Weissert got lit up in the 7th and 8th — and the Yankees never got another hit the rest of the evening after The Martian’s homer in the 3rd.

The Yanks got clobbered in slow motion.

On a night filled with thunderstorms at Yankee Stadium.

At this writing it is still not know

“I thought he was throwing the ball pretty well tonite,” said manager Aaron Boone about Severino afterwards. “I thought his stuff was great. Made the one mistake to Adames with 2 strikes. So we’ll see what we have, and try to get around it.”

NY falls to 70-71, 8 back of the Wild Card, in dead last 2 games behind 4th place Boston. Milwaukee improves to 78-62, leading the Central Division by 3 games over the Cubs.

1. Another Martian Homer!

The Yanks put early pressure on Milwaukee starter Colin Rea, with DJ LeMahieu leading off the game with a walk, and Aaron Judge following with a walk to put 1st and 2nd, nobody out. But Rea struck out Jasson Dominguez and Gleyber Torres and got Austin Wells to fly out to left.

Oswald Peraza doubled with 1 out in the 2nd, but didn’t score.

The next time thru the order, they pounced on Rea — in the bottom of the 3rd, Aaron Judge singled, and Jasson Dominguez ripped a 407-foot homer to right center for a 2-0 Yankee lead.

“First at bat they get him with a couple of high fastballs; he makes a good adjustment, gets a mistake cutter or something that he’s able to ride out of there, said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “He’s just been… just a lot of comfortable at bats which have been good to see. That’s who he is. That’s what he is. I think that’s one of his things that gets you excited, he has that ability to control the zone. Even when he’s at times struggled he’s had that — the ability to walk. Even when he got off to a bit of a slow start in AA this year, he was walking a ton. And then we were seeing those kind of, just relaxed — not a lot of chase — at bats in Spring training and obviously he’s started off that way here.”

2. Severino Pitched Good

But Luis Severino immediately gave it right back — in the top of the 4th he allowed a leadoff single to Carlos Santana and a 2-run homer to Willy Adames.

Other than that Severino pitched well — had a shutout going into the 4th before the homer, and retired the next 2 batters in the 4th after the Adames homer.

In the top of the 5th, leadoff batter Brice Turang singled on the 2nd pitch to him — a 92 MPH four-seam fastball and Severino immediately winced in pain after throwing the pitch — head down — apparently having pulled a muscle in his back or side. He was removed from the game for Jhony Brito.

“I felt like somebody shot me,” an emotional Severino said afterwards. “Like a bee shot; pain.” When asked what he thought it was he said, “I don’t know. I was getting better; my whole body felt great. I was not expecting this.”

3. Brito Pitched Good

Jhony Brito pitched well in the 5th — walking a batter but retiring the rest of the side.

Brito pitched himself in and out of trouble in the 6th, allowing 2 hits to put 1st and 3rd, 1 out, but getting a strikeout and fly out to Anthony Volpe in short left to end the inning with the score still 2-2.

So it was to the 7th in a 2-2 tie when Brito allowed a leadoff double to Andruw Monasterio, who moved to 3rd on a ground out.

4. Loaisiga & Weissert Lit Up

Runner on 3rd, 1 out in the 7th of a 2-2 tie — in came Jonathan Loaisiga to save the day. He didn’t. He allowed to William Contreras to score the runner from 3rd, and another single to Santana to score Contreras on a throwing error by Jake Bauers in right. Milwaukee 4 NY 2.

After a groundout, Willy Adames ripped a double to right to score another run and make it 5-2 Milwaukee.

In the 8th, Greg Weissert got lit up to put the game fully away. Infield single, infield single, double by Montaserio to make it 7-2 with nobody out, strike out, single by Santana to make it 8-2, and then finally strike out, ground out to end it.

5. Yanks Got Only 3 Hits

Meanwhile, the Martian’s homer ended up being the last Yankee hit of the game.

The Yanks got 2 walks in the 6th — Dominguez walked with 1 out, and stole 2nd base, then Austin Wells walked so NY had 1st and 2nd with 1 out — but they didn’t score and that was the last rally of the game for them.

Abner Uribe, Trevor Megill, Bryse Wilson, and Thyago Vieira all pitched shutout, no-hit innings — Vieira retiring the side in order in the 9th for the old ballgame.


Despite only 3 hits as a team, both Aaron Judge and Jasson Dominguez put up ‘busy’ boxscores:

  • Judge went 1-2 with 2 walks, and is slashing 31-58-.265 (.397 OBP)
  • Dominguez went 1-3 with a walk, the HR, 2 RBI’s, a stolen base and is slashing 4-7-.296 (.345 OBP)

The Boxscore


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