Heading into Wednesday night's start against the Twins, Yankees RHP Luis Severino had the worst ERA (6.83) in the entire MLB since July 7. It has been a rough second half for the righty, but he helped diminish that number in a solid outing in Minnesota.
Severino allowed just one run on four hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings of work. Though he allowed just one lone runner across the plate, though, he was set up for the loss with Jake Odorizzi holding a no-hit bid against the Yankees' offense.
Severino's night started off with a Joe Mauer single, but it was quickly erased with a double play rolled in the next at-bat. From there, the 23-year-old set down 15 straight Twins as he cruised through the lineup.
It was in the sixth, though, that Severino began to lose his way. Max Kepler broke the consecutive out streak with a single, and it was followed up by a double from Ehire Adrianza to score the first run of the game.
Severino would collect himself and get the second out in the inning, but manager Aaron Boone walked out to take him out of the game. Severino admitted that with a low pitch count (83), he wanted to stay in the game.
"I mean, of course," Severino told YES Network when asked about Boone taking the ball away. "I got like 80-something pitches. I asked him to give me one more hitter but, you know, he has his reason."
Severino had just the one blip in his box score, though, and that is good considering his struggles of late. He was coming off his shortest outing of the season -- a 2.2 inning, five-earned run performance against the A's.
"I think it was better," Severino said. "My command was better. ...I think it was a big step for me."
The Yankees hope to see more of this Severino as they head toward a potential playoff run in October.