Severino looks sharp in spring debut, despite 7-6 loss
Today, the Yankees took a tough loss to the Phillies by a score of 7-6. Despite their 3rd loss this spring, there were more positives than negatives for the Yankees to take away from this game. Luis Severino got his first start of the spring and looked sharp, to say the least. He threw 3.1 innings, giving up no earned runs and punching out three. Sevy was topping out at 97 MPH on his fastball which is a great sign. Also, both of his secondary pitches (change up and slider) had great movement. Not much action until the top of 4th, when an RBI single, by former Oriole Ryan Flaherty, made it 1-0 Phillies.. In the bottom half of the 4th, the lethal Yankee offense started to pick things up. After a Gary Sanchez walk, Didi Gregorius muscled one out to right center and over the wall for a 2-run homer (1).Brandon Drury followed with a walk and Eric Kratz laced an RBI single to right to make it a 3-1 lead. Moving ahead to the bottom of the 5th, Giancarlo Stanton came up with the bases juiced and nobody out. The big man came through. A long 2-RBI single off the left field wall to extend the Yankees lead to 5-1. The very next batter, Gary Sanchez, keeps the inning alive with an RBI single of his own, now 6-1 Yankees. Sometimes good things fad away... and that was the case today. With Justus Sheffield on the mound, Aaron Altherr doubled to bring in the Phillies 2nd run of the game. Then, Ryan Flaherty would drive in another run with a sac fly and made the game 6-3. The Phillies weren’t done yet, with LHP Wade LeBlanc on the hill now, Mitch Walding would rip a 2-run double into the corner in left making it a one run ballgame. . The Yankee bats would stay quiet and the Phillies kept taking advantage. A double by Danny Ortiz would tie the game at 6 and Pedro Florimon would single in Ortiz to complete the Phillies comeback and make it 7-6. Jumping to the bottom of the 9th, with the Yankees looking to walk it off, they would go down without a whimper, and the Phillies would get the W. Obviously, taking a loss isn’t fun, but the Yankees offense was effective with runners in scoring position and Sevy looked great. The Yanks are back at it tomorrow against the Braves at 6:05 PM ET. Sonny Gray gets the start.