This one wasn’t good for the old run differential. Facing possible thunderstorms and tornado delays in the forecast, the Yankee instead fell victim to the Ranger bats. They beat up a scuffling Luis Severino pretty bad early and cruised out to a big lead that the Yankee offense was incapable of even denting.
So yeah, Severino. He looked pretty good through the first 2 innings. I thought he was settling in after a quick 2nd. But it unraveled for him pretty quickly with 2 outs in the bottom of the 3rd. The key play might have actually been a non-play. After Nomar Mazara singled and Adrian Beltre doubled to put runners on second and third, Joe Girardi called for an intentional walk of Prince Fielder to load the bases and face Ian Desmond. Severino did that and then unintentionally walked Desmond to force in a run. From there he proceeded to allow 4 more runs on 3 singles and a wild pitch in what ended up being a 43-pitch inning. Severino did not come out for the 4th.
That job went to Ivan Nova, and he proceeded to seal the win for the Rangers with 4 innings of 3-run ball. He didn’t walk anybody, but he suffered from the same lack of command inside the strike zone that has hampered Severino and Michael Pineda in this first month of the season. Nova did allow Joe to save most of the rest of the ‘pen from having to work in this one, but by the time he was out of the game it was 9-1 Rangers.
That 1 run came in the top of the 7th when the Yankees were able to string a walk and 2 singles together off of a tiring A.J. Griffin. That left them with 2 on and nobody out and they did not score another run in the inning, so at least the anomaly of the Yankees being an even remotely competent offensive baseball team didn’t last long. They made Griffin look real good over the first 6 innings, hitting a lot of lazy fly balls and infield pop ups for easy outs. The one positive contributor was Ronald Torreyes, who had exactly 100% of the team’s hits through 6 innings. The rest of the lineup hardly did anything.
This one was a stinker for sure, but the Yankees can still take the series with a win tonight. CC Sabathia will get the start against Martin Perez and Joe will have his bullpen horses ready at the end if CC can do enough to bridge them a lead. Continue reading Game 19 Recap: Rangers 10 Yankees 1