The final score of this game is not the least feasible outcome of a game started by Luis Severino and Bartolo Colon. The way it got to that final score was unexpected though. Severino struggled and lasted just three innings as his pitch count ran up. Meanwhile, Colon had a relatively easy first three innings.
Then the Yankees’ offense woke up, quickly came back and then started pouring it on. Jacoby Ellsbury and Greg Bird each picked up three hits. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Didi Gregorius all homered. The bullpen held it together after Severino’s exit and the Yankees walked out with an 11-3 win and a sweep of the Twins.
After two pretty good innings to start, Severino ran into some trouble in the third. He got the first hitter in the inning out, but then things went south. Kennys Vargas and Jason Castro hit two straight singles, followed by a Brian Dozier walk to load the bases for Joe Mauer. On the 13th pitch of a long at bat, Mauer singled to score a run. Jorge Polanco added another single to plate another two runs. Severino got the next two hitters out after that, but the Yankees were now down three, and his pitch count was up over 70.
The Twins’ lead didn’t last long, as all of the Yankees’ adult sons helped them answer back in the bottom of the third. Bird led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Judge hit his 45th home run of the season. Sanchez then immediately followed that with a home run, and just like that, the game was tied.
Severino wouldn’t come back out for the fourth. He threw over 40 pitches in his final inning, so it was understandable that they didn’t want to bring him back out there. Chasen Shreve came in for him and threw a scoreless fourth.
The Yankees went on to take the lead in bottom of the fourth. After a Ellsbury triple and a Todd Frazier walk, Bird doubled for the second time on the day. Ellsbury scored, and the Twins opted to remove Colon from the game. Tyler Duffy replaced Colon, but the Yankees just added more. Brett Gardner and Sanchez both picked up RBI singles. The inning was then capped off when Gregorius brought everyone home with a three-run home run. The inning ended after that, but the Yankees were now up six.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees picked up another two runs. Matt Holliday scored on a wild pitch after he had singled to lead off the inning. The other came on a sac fly from Judge, scoring Ellsbury, who had walked.
However, the bottom of the fifth inning was overshadowed after a young fan was hit by a foul ball and had to be helped away. Not much is known at time of writing, but hopefully the child is doing okay.
Later in the game, Clint Frazier got in on the act when he hit a triple in the seventh inning. It didn’t lead to a run, but on a day where a lot of the Yankees’ young stars played well, it was good to see him pick up a nice hit.
Shreve ended up throwing three scoreless innings in relief of Severino. Ben Heller and Domingo German combined to throw three more scoreless frames to finish off the win.
It doesn’t mean anything once the playoffs start, but the Yankees went head to head against the team closest to them in the Wild Card race and came out with a sweep. That’s not a bad thing to happen in September.