New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino allowed three home runs, two to David Ortiz, in 6 2/3 innings as the Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox, 5-1, in Sunday's series finale at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv.
- Severino (0-5) allowed four runs on five hits, striking out a season-high nine batters in his longest outing of the year. After starting the game by allowing a walk and two-run home run to Dustin Pedroia, Severino settled down by retiring 13 of the next 14 hitters he faced.
- Ortiz hit solo home runs in the fourth and seventh innings, hitting his 51st and 52nd home run against the Yankees in his career.
- Red Sox RHP Steven Wright allowed one run, three hits and one walk in a complete game. The only run he gave up came on a Brett Gardner solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning. He struck out seven batters and threw 66 of 101 pitches for strikes.
- After Brian McCann's first-inning single, Wright (3-3) didn't allow another hit until the seventh inning. Between the second and sixth innings, he set down 13 straight Yankees.
- Chasen Shreve allowed a solo home run to Xander Bogaerts in the eighth inning.
With a chance to sweep the Red Sox and make a complete statement about the status of this team being on the rise, the Yankees' offense could not solve a knuckleballer, and Severino had a promising, yet uneven, start.
While Severino has not been getting any run support to speak of this season, he has not been throwing gems either. Even tonight, when he had pretty good stuff while matching a career-high with nine strikeouts, he made two big mistakes to Ortiz.
The Yankees are not in a position to move Severino to the minors with the team sitting five games back in the loss column in May and no one in the minors on par with his abilities. Severino has demonstrated the composure and the talent level required to succeed, so we'll see if Sunday's performance leads to better results.