Today Luis Severino made his MLB debut against arch rival, the Boston Red Sox. The score was a cold 2-1 final in Boston’s favor, but that shouldn’t stop Yankees fans from believing they have a more than just a good starting pitcher in Luis Severino. The young prospect is only 21 years old and he handled himself with excellent poise, going five innings strong giving up only 2 runs on 2 hits ending with an ERA of 1.80. Yankees’ Severino was caught in a lot of long counts early on, but never got in any real trouble. Luis Severino showed great poise handling himself well by facing each Red sox’s batter with unbelievable confidence.
There was never any real pressure in tonight game besides Chase Headley’s costly error in the top of the 2nd inning that allowed Boston’s Alejandro De Aza to hit a 2 out double scoring Mike Napoli from 2nd base. Boston’s second run came in the top of the fourth when former all-star David Ortiz got a hold of an inside fastball that was crushed to right field, and gave Boston a two run lead.
New York’s only run came in the bottom of the 7th when Carlos Beltran came to the plate leading off the inning with a home run to right field against Boston’s Steven Wright, who had his knuckle ball going early on, and fanned 9 Yankees batters, including 3 strikeouts against Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been in a slump as of late. Shortstop Didi Gregorius had a chance in the bottom of the 9th with two on and two outs, but Joe Girardi made a call for Brian McCann to pinch hit for Gregorius even though McCann’s MRI yesterday proved that his MCL has inflammation in his left knee. Unfortunately the game ended on a pop fly to center field; I’m sure that play will give the critics something to talk about. The Yankees will look to capture a win tomorrow when they play Boston in the final game of this series that is currently tied at 1 game apiece.