If you were patient enough to hang around through a two-and-three-quarter-hour rain delay before first pitch, you were able to see the New York Yankees win their seventh straight series. The Bombers topped Oakland 6-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Luis Severino wasn’t quite his usual self today, and he labored through his six innings of one-run ball. A 20-pitch first inning had him behind the eight-ball in terms of length right away, and while he still struck out more than a batter per inning, his stuff didn’t look quite as sharp as normal. I thought he was trying to establish his changeup more today, so maybe he wasn’t approaching hitters the way he otherwise would.
Overall, you can’t really complain about the results of Severino’s start. He’s still the best pitcher on the staff. He just didn’t get into the game as deeply as the Yankees maybe wanted, but with an off day tomorrow, the relief corps should be good to go heading into a two game set with the Washington Nationals.
Chad Green and Dellin Betances worked clean innings in relief, with Betances in particular looking good with a pair of strikeouts in the eighth. There was a brief delay in the game as trainer Steve Donahue came out to examine Dellin’s pitching hand, which seemed to have broken a blister. Betances was bleeding on the mound but it wasn’t serious enough to require him to leave the game. Still, after Aroldis Chapman’s finger issue Saturday, it’s worth keeping an eye on the hand health of the Yankee relievers.
Offensively, the Yankees probably didn’t hurt Brett Anderson as much as they should have. The veteran lefty struck out four against two walks in his five innings, but really struggled to find the zone. He gave up three runs in the first on the bats of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks, but after that seemed sloppily effective in keeping his team in the game. The score was actually fairly tight for most of the game, until Stanton gave the Yankees some breathing room in the fifth:
Hicks and Aaron Judge chipped in with RBI singles in the seventh and eighth innings, giving their squad the insurance needed to give Chapman the night off and bring in Shreve for the ninth. The lefty made things a little interesting, giving up a home run and putting two more men on base. Fortunately, he got Jake Smolinski to pop out, ending the threat and the game.
The game featured its share of great defensive plays, with Betances making a behind-the-back stop in his inning of work, and Tyler Austin showing off a bit at first base:
The Yankees head out onto the road after an off day tomorrow, and will play two games in the nation’s capital against the Washington Nationals starting Tuesday. Masahiro Tanaka is tabbed to make the first start in that short series. You’ll be able to catch that game at 7:05pm EDT.