Severino, Yankee Pen & Small Ball Gain Another Win! NY 5 Detroit 3

Anthony Rizzo homers to right center vs Detroit.

Luis Severino pitched 5 gutsy innings, the Yankee lineup produced small-ball runs, and the Yankee bullpen stood tall at the end to gain NY another win, 5-3 over the Tigers on a cold Tuesday night in Detroit (temps in 40s).

The Yanks improve to 7-5, tied for 1st in the AL East.

1. Severino Good & Gutsy

Luis Severino pitched a gutsy 5 innings, allowing 1 run, and leaving with the lead.

Detroit Ran themselves Out of Big 2nd

He ran into trouble in the 2nd inning — but Detroit ran themselves out of the inning. Severino allowed a leadoff double, then a single, and then a single by Victor Reyes to plate a run — but Miguel Cabrera was thrown out by Giancarlo Stanton trying to leg it to 3rd.

Reyes then tried to steal 2nd and was thrown out by Kyle Higahioka.

Severino walked hot-shot rookie Spencer Torkelson but got a groundout to end the inning.

So it was a single, single, double, walk — and only 1 run.

Severino Escapes Jam in 4th

Severino escaped a JAM in the 4th — he got the leadoff man but then single, single, walk loaded the bases with 1 out.  But Severino hung tough — getting Harold Castro to hit a soft liner to shortstop, and striking out catcher Tucker Barnhart.

Severino Empties Tank in 5th

Severino emptied the tank in the 5th — striking out 2 for a 1-2-3 inning and he was done for the night with 88 pitches.

A good, and gutsy, performance.

2. Judge Ties It; Rizzo Puts NY Ahead

Isiah Kiner-Falefa is now red hot after a cold beginning of the season. He doubled to lead off the 3rd off Detroit starter Eduardo Rodriguez, and after Kyle Higashioka walked, Aaron Judge doubled Falefa home for a tie game with 1 out, sending Higgy to 3rd. Anthony Rizzo plated Higgy with a small-ball groundout giving NY a 2-1 lead.

In the 6th Rizzo extended the lead with a bomb to right center.

3. Green Blows It

But Chad Green blew Sevy’s possible win in the 6th — two bloop hits and a double for a 3-3 tie.

4. Yanks Take Lead on Small Ball

Tied 3-3 in the top of the 7th, Josh Donaldson led off with a walk and was pinch run for by Tim Locastro. The speedy Locastro was safe at 2nd on a groundout by Gleyber Torres, when the pitcher hurried the throw to 2nd — throwing the ball away — and everyone was safe, Locastro sprinting to 3rd.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa then singled Locastro home for a 4-3 Yankee lead. Small ball indeed. This is a different Yankee team than last year.

When asked if he made any mechanical adjustments to find his groove at the plate, Kiner-Falefa said, “Just grinding. Grinding, getting my confidence back. I kind of forgot who I am, what I do, and my game a little bit. So just getting back to who I am and what I do best and spraying the ball all over.”

“I learned last year and the year before, it’s a bumpy season,” Kiner-Falefa added. “I’m going to have those stretches. Just so happen the stretch was in the beginning of the year. I’m going to have hot stretches. Just maturity. Understand it’s a marathon. Last year I started off unbelieveably and then I slowed down. For me to overcome the little slump I had in the beginning of the year, shows I can do it at any time.”

5. Small Ball Insurance

In the top of the 8th, Anthony Rizzo led off with a double, and stole 3rd base. Giancarlo Stanton struck out but DJ LeMahieu hit a grounder to 1st and Rizzo scored to make it 5-3.

6. Yankee Pen Lights Out

Meanwhile Jonathan Loaisiga and Chad Holmes pitched lights out in the 7th and 8th, and Aroldis Chapman entered for the 9th with a 5-3 lead.

Yankee fans at home and on Twitter buckled up their seat belts.

They tighted them up for the ride when Chapman allowed a 2-strike single to lead off batter Willi Castro. But then Chapman got a fly out, groundout, flyout for the old ballgame. An old fashioned way to win — good starting pitching, efficient small-ball hitting, and good pen.

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