Luis Severino bounced back from a rocky start last time out with seven shutout innings and nine strikeouts as the Yankees made it two in a row in Philadelphia with a 6-0 win over the Phillies.
With the win, the Yankees remained a half-game ahead of the Red Sox, who defeated the Angels at home.
This was, however, about more than just Severino. During a road trip in which the Yankees’ bats have been uncharacteristically quiet, the Yankees strung together 10 hits, including multi-hit games from Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres, and Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is the one Yankee who has been red-hot, and he is now nine for his last 13.
We couldn’t know that Severino would be exactly as good as he was on Tuesday, but when your ace is on the mound and you can get out to an early lead, it’s huge. That’s what happened when Aaron Hicks homered on just the third pitch of the game, setting the tone early against Jake Arietta.
Arietta has struggled in June but still has decent numbers overall. And he’s still Jake Arietta, after all. Hicks got the Yankees going immediately and never looked back as he had an excellent all-around game.
—Adam Warren is Adam Warren again. In eight innings since coming off the disabled list, Warren has yet to allow a run. He threw a clean eighth on Tuesday with a strikeout, and since coming back, he has held opponents to under .170 on balls in play.
—Severino went 0-3 and that was…a good thing. Hey, in a perfect world, Severino steps up to the plate tonight and hits three home runs. But wasn’t it nice to not have to worry about watching the Yankees’ ace run the bases? No shades of Chien-Ming Wang or, more recently, Masahiro Tanaka. Eventually, the National League will enter the mid-20th century and add the designated hitter, but until then, we’ll hold our collective breath every time a good Yankees pitcher has to bat in an NL park.
—Aaron Hicks is fun again. It started off with the home run that set the tone early and continued with a single in the third and sac fly in the fourth. Then, for good measure, he added this catch:
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) June 27, 2018
It’s nice having four really good outfielders (plus Clint Frazier).
Player of the game:
It was Severino, without a doubt. Not only did he dominate through seven innings, but he did so without really losing a step the entire way. Even as he exceeded 100 pitches, he was still topping 99 miles an hour.
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