Luis Severino wasn't going to pitch lights out forever. Every pitcher has a bad start every now and then and Severino had a bad one last night. Unfortunately for him, and the Yankees, that bad game came against the best offense in baseball and the Yanks got pounded by the Jays in the first game of their 4-game series. For all intents and purposes, the game was over after the top of the 1st. Severino couldn't command his fastball and Toronto went double, homer, strikeout, double, single, homer in the first 6 batters to grab a 5-0 lead. A pair of walks and a ribbie single by Russell Martin in the top of the 3rd ended Severino's day and put the game on the arms of the bottom of the Yankee bullpen.
Toronto kept right on scoring against those guys. They got 2 runs in 1.2 innings against Chris Martin, another run in 2 innings against Andrew Bailey. Joe changed it up with Chasen Shreve after the offense pulled them back within 4 in the 7th and Toronto bashed him around for their final 2 runs. The only 2 guys who worked scoreless innings were Caleb Cotham and Branden Pinder.
The biggest flash of Yankee offense came in the bottom of the 6th on a Didi Gregorius 3-run home run. Didi drove in 4 of the 5 runs and was one of only 2 players to achieve multiple hits, so yeah, not much hope of a high-scoring comeback here. Also not the way the Yankees wanted to start this series with the doubleheader coming today.
- A-Rod went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts. Got booed by the home crowd on the last one too.
- Brett Gardner was the other player with 2 hits and he also drew a walk in 4 plate appearances.
- Severino's line: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. Plenty of stuff, no command. It happens.