The Yankees lost and A-Rod didn't play. Who cares about the rest?
- Luis Severino still needs a lot of work. He proved that last night in his first start since May, looking very good the first time through the order, less so the second, and then getting his doors blown off and knocked out of the game the third. All in all it was 5 ER on 7 hits in 4.1 innings, and almost all the hits went for extra bases. I don't know what happened to this changeup he was supposed to have when he came up, but Severino needs to find it if he's going to be any good as a big league starter.
- The Yankees strung a few hits together in the 2nd and 3rd to put fence posts on the board, but Rick Porcello mostly held them in check. He gave up only those 2 runs in 8 innings of work and even brought a little spark back to this dead rivalry when he started jawing with Chase Headley in the 7th. That brought the benches out, but no real physicality took place.
- Yanks almost made it interesting in the 9th against a wild Craig Kimbrel. He walked the bases load with 2 outs and then walked in a run to make it 5-3 before John Farrell gave him the hook. Teix came up against a pitcher I've never heard of with a chance to tie or take the lead on a hit and struck out looking. Helluva way to go out in your final 50 games.
- Brett Gardner went 3-4 with a run scored. He'd be having a pretty nice season again if he could still hit for power.
- Brutal night for Aaron Hicks. 0-3 with a walk, took some bad angles and let balls get by him for extra bases in the field, and he missed Joe Espada waving him home as he ran to third base in the 7th. Would have scored easily. I understand why the Yankees are giving him time and I hope they're using it to decide whether or not they even bring him back next year, but I've seen enough. This guy stinks. Get me Gamel or Judge or Austin or anybody else.