Yankees starter RHP Luis Severino couldn't deliver the Game 6 his team had hoped for as he exited after just 4 2/3 innings.
"It's disappointing, because they gave me the ball," Severino said after the game. "I wanted to do the best possible I could, but I didn't do it. I lost my command in that last inning and I didn't do the job. After the first batter, leadoff walk, everything happened so fast. I didn't know what happened."
Severino seemed to be on a roll through the first four innings as he let up his first hit to Carlos Correa with two outs in the fourth. He would have Yuli Gurriel line out to end the inning.
But the fifth inning saw a less controlled Severino on the mound. He walked Alex Bregman in five pitches, and after a groundout, he would walk Evan Gattis to put runners on first and second with one out. Brian McCann came to the plate in a position to strike first.
Severino got him down 0-2, but after battling back to 2-2, McCann cashed in on a pitch at the letter, and roped a ground-rule double to right field kick off a seven-run night for the Astros. The offense wouldn't be done that inning as Jose Altuve lined one with bases loaded over the head of Todd Frazier to score two more runs.
After looking his best through the first four innings, Severino allowed five base runners and three runs in the fifth that would end his night.
"He lost his command," manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "He pitched up fairly effectively, but he just kind of lost it up even a little bit more. It happens and they took advantage of it."
He was the Yankees' ace all season, but Severino hasn't been his dominant self this postseason. He is 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in four starts, and has only made it through the fifth inning in one start.