New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Luis Severino #40 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Luis Severino is starting to look like the pitcher he was four year ago. The right-hander earned his first victory as a starting pitcher since 2019 with a solid effort against the powerful Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

Severino blanked the Blue Jays over five innings, allowing only a pair of hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Severino, who missed most of the past two years due to recovery from Tommy John’s Surgery, now owns an ERA of 2.25 in two starts.

The Yankees got more than enough runs to make Severino’s efforts stand up. Jose Trevino, acquired in a deal with Texas a couple weeks ago, had two RBI singles that scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa to help build a Yankees’ 2-0 lead through five innings. Giancarlo Stanton tacked on the final run of the night on a RBI ground out in the eighth, scoring Aaron Judge.

The Bronx Bombers did have to hold on however, as closer Aroldis Chapman just didn’t have it in the ninth inning, walking three consecutive batters to load the bases. Michael King came in and was able to strike out George Springer for the first out, and induced a ground ball double play to end it off the bat of Bo Bichette.

The Yankees (4-3) hit the road for a six-game road trip that takes them to Baltimore and Detroit.