The Don’t-Pitch-Luis-Severino-in-the-1st-Inning trick didn’t fool the White Sox.
Meanwhile the Yankee offense did not bail Severino out — 3 hits and a run into the 7th against Mike Clevinger, who came in with a 4-5 3.72 record. Finally the Yanks got rolling in the 7th against the Chicago bullpen with a leadoff homer by Giancarlo Stanton to make it 5-2, and then loaded the bases with nobody out — but didn’t score.
“It was a tough one,” said team captain Aaron Judge afterwards, who went 1-3 with a walk. “We had a couple of opportunities — quite a few opportunities with guys on base to score some runs and do some damage and help out our pitching staff, and we just weren’t able to get the job done. That’s what it comes down to — a couple of missed opportunities.”
Judge has faith in Severino: “It’s tough but he’s a bulldog. He’s going to get through it; I know he is. He shows up to work every single day, even if he’s not starting. He’s always locked in. I know he’s going to figure it out.”
NY falls to 59-56, 11.5 behind Baltimore, 9.5 behind Tampa, 5.5 behind Toronto and a wild card, and .5 behind Boston. Chicago improves to 47-69.
1. Severino Bombed Again
What to do with Luis Severino?
His confidence seems shattered.
“I’m just having the worst year of my life at baseball,” said Severino afterwards.
“We had trouble kind of working in when to throw the fastball,” said catcher Kyle Higashioka.”He was a little scattered with the command. He was trying to battle out there; do what he could. But with an off day coming up and a full bullpen he’s going to have kind of a short leash. I wish I knew the answer, because I want more than anything for him to be himself.”
When asked if Severino’s stuff looked like it’s been in the past, Higgy said, “Maybe a little bit, yea. [Long Pause.] Just overall the way the hitters are reacting to it — it seems nobody is really fooled by anything right now. I don’t think it’s a tipping issue; it must be something with his pitches.”
Severino started his appearance in the 2nd inning and allowed an immediate double to first batter Yoan Moncada. He was then helped by a brilliant play by Gleyber Torres deep in the — shortstop hole — on a hard grounder by Andrew Vaughn.
Gleyber Torres showing off some range 😎
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It was all downhill from there.
Bring 'em home! pic.twitter.com/5LbxQvYfZ1
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Severino struck out the last 2 batters of the 2nd, but in the 3rd, it was groundout, single, groundout, double by Moncada to make it 4-0 before getting Vaughn to fly out.
Severino walked the first batter in the 4th and was yanked. His line: 2 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 48 pitches, 2 K’s, 1 walk.
2. Yanks Get a Run
But that was it — Clevinger then got 8 consecutive outs — retiring the rest of the side in the 4th and pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th and 6th.
Clevinger’s line: 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 6 K’s, 3 walks — he wins to go 5-5 3.55.
3. “No Name” Middleton Pitches the Middle; Does Well
Keynan Middleton relieved Severino in the 4th and retired the side not allowing Severino’s baserunner to score.
Middleton was just traded to the Yankees from the White Sox last week, and upon arriving commented about the Tim Anderson–Jose Ramirez knockout fight, that in Chicago there were no rules — rookie pitchers were sleeping in the bullpen, etc. Lance Lynn, former teammate on the ChiSox, backed up Middleton’s claims the next day.
So here Middleton was days later back in Chicago facing his old team. To retaliate, the White Sox scoreboard did not post his name.
So the White Sox decide not to acknowledge that Kenyan Middleton is currently pitching right now….
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After pitching a shutout 4th, Middleton allowed a leadoff single in the 5th to Trayce Thompson.
Thompson stole 2nd, and then scored when Gleyber Torres casually booted a casual ground ball to 2nd. Chicago 5 NY 1.
Middleton retired the rest of the side to pitch a solid 2 innings, allowing the 1 unearned run.
4. Wandy Good
It was good news as Wandy’s magic wand has been errant lately — it looks like he made the minor adjustment.
5. Giancarlo Blast, But Yanks Leave ‘Em Loaded in 7th
Clevinger left after 6, the White Sox bringing in Jimmy Lambert to start the 7th and the Yankees pounced.
Giancarlo Stanton led off with a 408-foot homer to right center and it was 5-2.
G goes yard 💪 pic.twitter.com/EHRvgzqG8d
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6. Yanks Bring Tying Run to Plate in 8th
Down 5-2, the Yanks got runners on 1st and 2nd, 1 out in the 8th on walks to Anthony Volpe and Gleyber Torres to bring the tying run to the plate — but Giancarlo Stanton struck out and Billy McKinney grounded out.
6. Abreu & Ramirez Open the Gates
Albert Abreu, having gotten the final out of the 7th — started the bottom of the 8th by yielding walk, single, single to load the bases with nobody out.
Nick Ramirez came in and allowed a double and a single and just like that it was 9-2.
Chicago’s Gregory Santos retired the Yanks in order in the top of the 9th for the old ballgame.