It took Yankees RHP Luis Severino 29 pitches to record one out in his 2017 Wild Card game start, with him managing just that one out as he was bombed by the Twins.
Things were different Wednesday night in the 2018 Wild Card game against the A's at Yankee Stadium, with Severino dominant early before faltering a bit late.
Overall, Severino tossed four innings while allowing two hits, walking four and striking out seven.
With his fastball touching 99 MPH, Severino retired the side in order on 10 pitches in the first inning, which included two strikeouts.
After Aaron Judge gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead by ripping a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, Severino worked around a one-out walk to strike out three in the second inning -- all on sliders.
Severino carried a no-hitter into the fourth, when an error on Miguel Andujar and walk to Matt Olson led to a first and second, one-out jam. With his pitch count climbing into the 70s, Severino got Stephen Piscotty to fly out to right field before walking Ramon Laureano on a 3-2 count to load the bases.
With Betances warming up in the bullpen, Severino reached back for a 100 MPH fastsball -- his fastest pitch of the game -- to strike out Marcus Semien to escape the jam.
Severino -- in a bit of a surprise -- came back out to start the fifth inning, and promptly gave up back-to-back singles to Jonathan Lucroy (the first hit Severino allowed) and Nick Martini before being replaced by Dellin Betances, who cleaned up the mess.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before the game that despite the Yankees' loaded bullpen, it "wouldn't surprise" him if Severino went deep into the game. While he was dominant at times, the high pitch count (87) prevented him from recording an out beyond the fourth inning.
Despite Boone's comment about Severino potentially going deep into the game, Severino said after the game that he had been told he would get only four-to-five innings.
With the Yankees advancing to face the Red Sox in the ALDS, Severino would be on regular (four days) rest for Game 3 next Monday at Yankee Stadium.