The New York Yankees faced off against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of a two games series starting on Tuesday. With Luis Severino taking the mound, the Bombers were hoping to get a bit more offensive production out of their team after a few quiet performances against the Texas Rangers over the weekend. Nonetheless, the Yankees still managed to win two of three games against Texas, extending their awesome streak.
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In Severino’s sixth start of the season, he had a bumpy ride against a solid Toronto squad. Tossing 97 pitches, Severino allowed three earned runs, five hits, and two walks over 4.2 innings. Seve’s ERA has bubbled to 4.08, allowing three or more runs in this last three consecutive starts combined. He did strike out eight batters against Toronto, but a solo shot from George Springer in the first inning got them on the board early. His pitches looked solid, showcasing fantastic break. Severino has had some trouble giving up homers, allowing three in his last three starts.
In relief of Severino, Miguel Castro entered the game, striking out four batters over 1.1 innings. Both Jonathan Loáisiga and Chad Green allowed an earned run before Wandy Peralta closed the game with ease.
Offensively, the Yankees picked up five hits and struck out 10 times, but tallied seven walks, displaying great patience.
However, it was slugger Aaron Judge that came to the rescue in the 9th inning with the Yankees down three runs. The score was 5–3, Toronto, with Jose Trevino and DJ LeMahieu on base. Judge had an opportunity to pick up his first career walk-off homer, and he launched a hanging slider over the middle of the plate from Jordan Romano into the left-field bleachers.
“It’s a weird feeling. You hear the crowd going crazy and you see the bench, you see guys jumping over the railing,” Judge said. “A special moment you get to share with them.”
Finally, Judge got his first walk-off and it was glorious against one of the Yankees’ primary rivals. The Yankees will take on Toronto once again on Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 PM before heading on a road trip against Chicago and Baltimore until they return home on May 20.
“What a game,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “A heavyweight game. Those are fun ones to be a part of.”