The Yankees were shut out for the first time in 2018 after their eighth-inning rally fell through in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. >> Box score
Things to know about Sunday's game
1) Down 2-0 in the eighth inning, the Yankees had runners on first and second thanks to Miguel Andujar's single and Aaron Judge reaching on two Jose Reyes errors on a neighborhood play on a potential double-play ball, but Gleyber Torres fouled out and Brett Gardner flied out to end the threat.
2) Luis Severino suffered his first loss since April 10 after allowing two runs, five hits and two walks in five innings. Severino (9-2) pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in a 31-pitch first inning but allowed a two-run, two-out home run to Todd Frazier in the fifth inning that broke a scoreless tie.
3) No Yankee reached base between Andujar's second-inning single and his eighth-inning single. Seth Lugo limited the Yankees to two hits over six innings and retired the last 13 batters he faced. Robert Gsellman retired the first four batters he faced before pitching into and out of trouble in the eighth.
4) Reyes was charged with two errors on Judge's ground ball. After catching Amed Rosario's toss, neither of his feet touched the bag to force Andujar out at second, a play that the umpires had to review on replay. On his attempt to retire Judge, he threw the ball away.
5) In the ninth, the Yankees had the game-tying run at the plate in Gary Sanchez, but Anthony Swarzak got him to hit into a game-ending 5-3 double play.
Before the series began, Sunday's pitching matchup was set up to be a marquee affair with Severino set to face Noah Snydergaard. The Mets scratched Syndergaard on Friday, yet they ended up receiving a performance from Lugo and the Mets' bullpen that rivals anything Syndergaard might have been able to do, handing the Yankees their first shutout of the season.
Lugo pitched well, but the Yankees didn't seem to have a very good game plan at the plate. There were many first-pitch hacks and as has become the norm for much of the season -- too many hitters looking for the big home run instead of simply trying to drive the ball.
Severino got off to a rough start, throwing 31 pitches in the first inning, but did not allow a run. He settled in nicely, getting his pitch count back in line by the time he recorded two outs in the fifth inning. Then the hit to Reyes set up Frazier's home run. That was enough to get Severino's pitch count high enough to not send him back out for the sixth inning.
Highlights from Sunday's game
CC Sabathia (3-1, 3.59 ERA) and the Yankees host Tanner Roark (3-6, 3.56 ERA) and the Washington Nationals for a two-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.