Game Recap: Andrew Miller Blows 10th Inning Lead, Yankees Lose In 16
After the New York Yankees went 2-4 on their homestand last week, they looked to rebound after having an off day before they took on the Cleveland Indians. Making his second major league start was Luis Severino, and for the Indians, Carlos Carrasco. Severino was a victim of poor run support (and fielding) in his MLB debut, here’s how the Yankees would fare for his second outing.
Severino would start off with another long first inning going 26 pitches. He gave up a run, and the Indians would get out to an early lead. The same would happen in the second, despite Didi Gregorius turning an impressive double play, Indians lead-off hitter Jose Ramirez would get a two-out RBI.
The game would stay quiet for the next three innings, Severino calmed down, but the Yankees offense wouldn’t wake up either until the top of the sixth when Stephen Drew took a ball deep for a solo homer (14). It would be the Yankees first run since Friday, that would end a 30+ scoreless innings streak and would cut down the lead to one again.
Following that, Severino would go six full, and stepping in for him would be Chasen Shreve to start the bottom of the seventh.
Shreve would strike out two to start his work and the game stayed a one-run deficit. That would let Carlos Beltran tie the game up with a solo shot of his own in the top of the eighth (10). It would also at least keep Severino from receiving his second loss as he pitched another great game, although he once again didn’t get run support to give him his first major league win.
Aug 11, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) celebrates his solo home run in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Top of the ninth with the game tied, Brett Gardner would draw a walk with one out and Alex Rodriguez up. However, Gardner would get caught stealing, followed by an Arod strikeout to end any threat the Yankees could’ve had. To the bottom Justin Wilson would come out after Dellin Betances did his job.
In the top of the 10th, with the Yankees’ bats finally alive, Chase Headley singled on a line drive to right field that would score Beltran and Gregorius. Looking to close out the game and finally get a win, the Yanks brought it closer Andrew Miller to put the game away, but Miller blew his first save of the season after a Carlos Santana sac fly and a Yan Gomes RBI single.
After back and forth baseball and a great three innings from Brian Mitchell, who threw 60 pitches and struck out five, it was time for the Yanks last reliever, Branden Pinder to come in the game. Pinder was able to get out of the 15th inning scot-free, but in the 16th gave up the game-winning single to Michael Brantley.
Severino’s final line would be six innings, seven hits, two earned, and two strikeouts. Though it wasn’t as impressive as his debut, the bottom line is he still only allowed two runs. What I noticed earlier was that he was struggling to finish batters with two strike counts.
With that, I see a resemblance to Michael Pineda as he also can struggle with that being a strikeout pitcher. In the first and second inning, Severino worked himself into good two-strike counts, but could not finish the batters, and a couple of missed pitches would lead to the two runs. He will need to work on his slider as his go-to third pitch, just as Pineda has been struggling this year. Not to say Severino is struggling with the slider, it looks far more effective than most thought it was going to be, now he must put the touches on it to finish batters and get himself out of trouble.
Overall, Severino had a great performance again, and the Yankees’ bats didn’t come through enough to get him his first major league win. What was looking like a shaky start as he had 40 pitches in just two innings, turned out to be another impressive outing. Despite the first three innings causing him trouble, he recovered like a veteran and kept the Yankees in the game.
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