A final score of 9-5 isn’t the most accurate portrayal of how this game played out. For six innings, this game was a mostly close, low-scoring game. The Yankees got a couple runs off Homer Bailey, but it took a while to deliver a knockout blow.
On the other side, Luis Severino was very good for six innings. He had a small hiccup in the seventh, but ended the game having allowed two runs on just three hits and two walks, striking out nine.
But then both bullpens had some difficulties in the later innings, hence 9-5. However, the Yankees were never in any real trouble in the late innings and came away with a sweep in the two-game series against the Reds.
The Yankees got on the board in the third inning. With two outs, Ronald Torreyes kept the inning alive with a single. After Brett Gardner beat out a grounder for an infield single, Clint Frazier also singled and Torreyes came around to score.
Two innings later, the Yankees got another run after the same scenario as before happened. Two singles from Torreyes and Gardner with two outs set up an RBI hit from Frazier.
Then in the sixth, the Yankees tacked on two more runs. First, Didi Gregorius scored on a Chase Headley single after he had reached on an error. The Yankees then loaded the bases on a hit by pitch and botched force play. That allowed a run to score when Torreyes grounded out.
Severino had cruised through the first six innings, but he ran into his first bit of trouble in the seventh. The inning started with Gregorius booting a grounder against Scott Schebler. Eugenio Suarez then doubled him home, getting the Reds on the board. Suarez would score after a wild pitch and a ground out. Severino stopped the damage there, but the Yankees lead had been cut in half.
The Yankees answered right back with some insurance runs, however. With Frazier on after a walk, Gary Sanchez doubled down the line. Frazier came all the way around to score, with Sanchez moving to third on the throw home. Matt Holliday followed that with a single, scoring Sanchez and putting the Yankees back up four. The lead then immediately became seven when Gregorius homered and Todd Frazer followed with his first home run as a Yankee. The inning finally ended after that, but the Yankees now had a commanding lead.
With said lead, the Yankees sent in Luis Cessa, and that didn’t go great. After a runner reached on a dropped third strike and a walk, Cessa allowed a three run home run to Adam Duvall. The inning ended with the Yankees still up four, but the lead was far less comfortable.
After Cessa, thankfully the bullpen shenanigans stopped there. David Robertson had a drama-free ninth inning to seal a 9-5 win and a sweep of the Reds.