With Luis Severnio performing under his Cy Young-standards, the Yankees' bats were able to produce enough runs off Corey Kluber to defeat the Indians 7-4. >> Box score
Things to know about Thursday's game
1) Severino lasted just five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with one strikeout against Kluber and the Indians. Giving Cleveland's ace a four-run cushion should have meant a loss for the Yankees, but, the bats and bullpen were able to carry the team to a win.
2) For the bats, Brett Gardner knocked two home runs and drove in three runs while Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run, his 16th of the season. Austin Romine and Neil Walker combined to go 0-7 with six strikeouts.
3) For the bullpen, Adam Warren, David Robertson and Dellin Betances didn't allow a hit before turning the game over to Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout, for his 25th save.
Highlights from Thursday's game
So, this was not quite the pitcher's duel that was expected.
Severino labored and didn't have great stuff, inducing just seven swings and misses and one strikeout on the night. That marks the second game in a row in which Severino was not at his best and only lasted five innings. It is possible that he's tiring a bit and it leads me to wonder if it wouldn't be better if he was not part of the upcoming All-Star Game. Those few days of rest are gold for a baseball player.
The Yankees offense picked up their starting pitcher, buoyed by a few home runs including another Gregorius homer off Kluber and bookended by Gardner's two dingers. The Yanks also managed to score runs tonight by moving base runners over, hitting and running and with productive outs.
This is a big series for the Yankees as they head to the All-Star break and after an inconsistent four-game series against the lowly Orioles, the win tonight was a good sign.
The Yankees continue their series with the Indians on Friday at 7:10 p.m. in Cleveland.