Luis Severino kept the White Sox at bay, Giancarlo Stanton blasted a grand slam, and the Yankees completed a sweep with a 7-3 victory on Wednesday night >> Box score
1) It didn't look pretty for Severino in the early going, as he allowed two early runs, but he bounced back to allow just one more run over the course of the next six innings. He finished the day with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.
2) Austin Romine's RBI single in the second inning put the Yankees on the board and Shane Robinson tied it up at 2-2 later in the inning with an RBI single to right field. Stanton capped off the inning with a grand slam to give New York a 6-2 advantage. Aaron Hicks added a solo home run in the fifth for the Yankees' seventh run.
3) Chad Green and Jonathan Holder each pitched two scoreless innings to finish up the game for New York.
Highlights from Monday's game
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After five straight uncharacteristically rough starts, Severino took a step in the right direction tonight.
Severino was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball during the first half of the season, carrying the Yankees to a fantastic start. If the Yankees are going to finish strong, reach the playoffs and more importantly make an extended run, they'll need Severino to be at his best.
Severino was not dominant tonight, struggling through a two-run first inning and allowing a solo homer in the fifth, but there was plenty of glimpses of a return to form for the right-hander. Severino generated 19 swings and misses and struck out eight batters. His slider was nasty at times and his final pitch of the game, No. 109, hit 98 mph on the radar gun.
Hopefully, the effort will boost Severino's confidence and he can build on it in his next outing.
The Yankees will return home to open a series with the Rangers on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.