Not a bad way to start a 10-game home stand — a win, a short game, and some pretty great home runs.
Luis Severino took the mound for the Yankees to kick off the weekend series against the visiting Rays and gave a pretty good outing. He threw 91 pitches over 6.1 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 walks, and just 1 run, striking out 5 batters. The run was a lead-off solo shot in the 6th inning. It was quite enough to earn Severino his 3rd win of his short career.
Justin Wilson took over to finish the 7th and kept the Rays from adding to their lone run. Adam Warren took the 8th, keeping the Rays scoreless. But when he came on in the 9th, he found a stick of trouble — a 1-out single scored on a double. It was time for Andrew Miller, who threw easily one of the best outings of this season — just 4 pitches for a strikeout and a fly out to earn his 30th save this year.
I should point out that the Rays starter threw a pretty decent game himself, striking out 8 Yankee batters and only giving up 3 hits and 2 walks. It should be noted, however, that all 5 of those base runners would go on to score because the Rays’ starter’s weakness is apparently to give up home runs. Every Yankee run was scored on a home run.
In the 2nd, Brian McCann led off with a walk and then scored on Alex Rodriguez’s 27th home run of the season, a 2-run home run to the left field seats. In the 4th, McCann hit a 1-out solo shot into the right field bleachers. And then in the 7th, McCann led-off with a walk again, but this time it would be the Greg Bird to hit a 2-run home run to the 2nd deck in right field to push the Yankees solidly in the lead over the Rays.
Final score: 5-2 Yankees (in just 2 hours and 36 minutes, and it felt like a really short game for some reason).
Jacoby Ellsbury came out of tonight’s game with “flu-like symptoms”, including an “upset stomach”. Tomorrow is questionable, as is the majority of the responses I read online to that news. People forget that elite athletes are basically humans too and susceptible to things like sickness and injury and the occasional upset stomach that interrupts work from time to time. Fortunately, the Yankees are in the kind of shape that a few days on the sidelines isn’t going to hurt the overall outcome of the game.
The Revolving Door: Mark Teixeira has been officially moved to the 15-day DL, retroactive to August 27, due to his persistent bone bruise on his shin. Bird, with back-up like Headley and Ackley, will continue to fill the 1st base role, something he’s doing fairly well both defensively and sparking alive at the plate. And CC Sabathia threw a simulated game at Yankee Stadium today, giving some bench players and recent call-ups some extra batting practice. Sabathia is eyeing at a possible start on Wednesday for his return.