MLB Wrap: Yankees Edge Out Tigers, Mets Flat vs. Giants
Yankees 5 – Tigers 3
While there has to be grave concern over the performances of Gerrit Cole so far this season, there is no such concern – in the early going – for one Luis Severino. Severino was once again impressive for the Bronx Bombers.
The righty gave up only one run, while scattering seven hits over five innings of work. He even struck out three of the final four batters to face him, Wednesday night in Detroit. After giving up a run in the bottom of the second inning, only one runner reached second base for the Tigers the rest of the time Severino was on the mound. It was the second straight outing where Severino went five innings for New York, as he continues to make strides after missing a large chunk of the last two years due to injury.
In three starts, Severino owns a 2.08 ERA and the Yankees have won all three games he has started this year already. In fact in his last 19 innings combined, dating back to last season when he made four relief appearances, Severino’s ERA is 1.42.
The Yankees scratched out a pair of runs in the third inning on an RBI double by Aaron Judge, scoring Isiah-Kiner Falefa, and a RBI groundout by Anthony Rizzo, scoring Kyle Higashioka. Rizzo would homer in the sixth to give New York a 3-1 advantage.
The Tigers would comeback on the Yankees bullpen as Harold Castro’s two-run double in the bottom of the sixth off Chad Green knotted things up at three.
The Yankees would regain the lead on a Kiner-Falefa RBI single in the seventh.
At 7-5, the Yankees are tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East.
Giants 5 – Mets 2
Meanwhile, the Mets couldn’t build off the momentum from its double-header sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, falling flat 5-0 on Wednesday night.
The Mets struggled against Giants left-handed starter Carlos Rodon, who struck out eight batters over five shutout innings. Rodon, whom the Mets considered signing in the off-season, is 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA in San Francisco.
On the flip side, Chris Bassit had his weakest outing by far, surrendering five runs on eight hits over six innings of work. His ERA ballooned to 3.00.
At 9-4, the Mets still maintain a 3-1/2 game lead in first place of the NL East.