Luis Severino was clobbered — 5 runs in the 3rd, 2 more in the 4th, and 2 more in the 5th — 9 runs in 4 innings.
In came Matt Krook to allow 2 more and the Yankees were down 11-0 in the 5th to the Cardinals.
And then the rains came. A 2-hour delay followed, and as soon as they started to prepare to play again, the rains came again. This was the 1st game of a doubleheader due to a rainout the night before so they waited. And waited. Finally the game resumed almost 3 hours later.
The highlights after they finally resumed — Josh Donaldson pitched a shutout, 1-2-3 8th inning — throwing sharply and for strikes — an 86-MPH cutter and 82-MPH off-speed pitches — to retire the side in order. Donaldson was a pitcher in college.
“Just don’t think the shapes of his pitches (where good),” said manager Aaron Boone about Severino afterwards. “I didn’t see the consistency with the slider. I thought the fastball was good early; had some life to it; got some swing and miss. But then he wore down a little bit and his fastball and his slider weren’t great there. Early on they were able to put some balls in play on him. We didn’t catch a ball. Then it got away a little bit late in the outing. Just overall, not as sharp.”
1. Severino Clobbered
Luis Severino started ok — pitching a shutout 1st and 2nd inning.
Luis Severino, 97mph ⛽️ pic.twitter.com/0vRGP0kKEJ
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But he allowed consecutive singles leading off the 3rd and then a 1-out, 3-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt and it was 3-0 St Louis.
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Severino walked the next batter and then an error by Oswaldo Cabrera at 3rd base put 2 runners on. A foul out should have ended the inning but it was only 2 outs. And then consecutive hard-hit, RBI singles made it 5-0. A hard-hit liner to Anthony Volpe ended the inning.
In the 4th, a 1-out double by Lars Nootbar and 2-out homer by Nolan Gorman made it 7-0 St. Louis.
In the 5th a leadoff double, then a walk and Severino was gone — yanked by Boone at 97 pitches.
“There’s a lot of things within there that should get him back on line,” added Boone. “He’s healthy. The fastball’s there. We just have to get him more consistent now with command and just crispness of his stuff outing after outing.
2. Krook Klobbered
In came Matt Krook and St. Louis really started hitting. Single, double, walk, sac fly and it was 11-0. Ballgame.
Krook finally got 3 outs to end the inning. In the 6th he allowed a walk and made an error himself before yielding to Albert Abreu who got the final 2 outs of the 6th. Great to get the veteran Abreu in there.
3. Flaherty Shuts Down Yanks
Meanwhile Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty was shutting down the Yankee offense. The 27-year-old, 6’4 righty pitched 6 shutout innings of 4-hit ball to improve his record to 5-5 4.60.
4. Donaldson Pitches 1-2-3 Inning in 8th
After the LONG rain delay that lasted most of the afternoon, Nick Ramirez pitched a shutout 1-2-3 inning in the 7th, and Josh Donaldson came out to pitch the 8th.
Donaldson looked great — throwing 86 MPH strikes — a cutter and off-speed pitches that clocked 83 MPH. He got a hard-hit groundout to 2nd, a long fly to center, and a can-of-corn to center for a 1-2-3 inning.
Josh Donaldson throws a 1-2-3 8th, retiring the Cardinals in order. pic.twitter.com/lgi4mqTLFI
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“Pretty good,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards about Donaldson’s pitching. “He’s actually wanted to pitch. Pitched in college a little bit and has never done it here. I thought he threw the ball well. He was telling me he’d throw it well, and he went out there and did that.”
5. Bauers HR in the Rain Highlights 3-Run 9th
Oswaldo Cabrera singled in a run in the 7th, so the Yankees went into the 9th down 11-1.
NY loaded the bases with nobody out but DJ LeMahieu hit into a double play. It scored a run to make it 11-2.
Jake Bauers then hit a 2-run bomb to right in the rain for an 11-4 game.
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- Anthony Volpe went 2-4 to raise his average to .216.
- Oswaldo Cabrera went 3-4 to raise his average to .206.