Luis Severino gave up five runs in his shortest outing since April 7 as the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-1, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Coming off three straight outings in which Severino pitched at least seven innings, Severino (2-2) gave up eight hits and two home runs in 5 2/3 innings, throwing 59 of 105 pitches for strikes, as the Yankees lost their second straight game.
Ryan Goins hit a two-run home run off Severino in the second inning that gave Toronto a 2-0 lead, then hit a two-run sac fly when Jacoby Ellsbury crashed into the wall to make a leaping catch with runners on first and second that made it 4-1.
Chris Coghlan homered off Severino in the sixth inning to make it 5-1, and Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer off Luis Cessa in the seventh inning that made it 7-1.
Marco Estrada (1-1) gave up one run and seven hits -- all singles -- in seven innings. The Yankees' 1-3 hitters combined to go 1-for-12 with five strikeouts.
Aaron Judge hit an RBI single to right field in the fourth inning.
As good as it gets for young players, there are the times when the results don't reflect the promise.
One start after a dominant effort, Severino had trouble with his command early and late in his start tonight. Severino allowed two more home runs -- that's an unsightly six in five starts -- which he will have to figure out how to curtail in order to take the necessary steps to consistency.
While Severino's lapse tonight is nothing to get worked up about considering the positives he's put together this season, Greg Bird's woeful start to the regular season is in alarm status. Bird had such a momentous spring training that seeing him hitting .100 through 60 at-bats seems inexplicable. There have been times Bird seemed set to break free of the slump, but then he looks like a lost hitter the next day.
I've been preaching that this season is about figuring out what the young players have within them. Further, I believe the Yanks need to keep the players in New York to do so. Bird should get 600+ at-bats in the big leagues this season, and if he does, only then can the Yankees decide how he fits into the future.
Masahiro Tanaka (3-1, 4.20 ERA) faces Mat Latos (0-0, 3.27 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.