Series Opener: Yankees Power to win behind Luis Severino, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

Giancarlo Stanton’s two home runs powered the offense and Luis Severino led the pitching staff with a superb game in the Yankees 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Stanton’s two homers gave him his third multi-homer game of the season. Coming into this series in the last 6 games, Stanton was hitting .227/.313/.455, going 4-19 with 10 strikeouts, three walks and four RBIs.

With his two home run performance, fans hope that Stanton will keep producing at a higher pace throughout the series.

Severino was strong through 7.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits, striking out 11 and leaving with a 2.21 ERA.

Despite an elite performance against the hot-hitting Red Sox, Severino received a no decision in the game. Dan Martin of the New York Post wrote that:

“It was still an impressive night, since right-handed starters — including Severino — were 1-15 with a 7.48 ERA in 26 starts against the Red Sox before Tuesday.”

And Severino told Martin:

“I was grinding through,” Severino said. “It was hard.”

Severino struck out Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez and when they did get hits off him, they stayed in the park and didn’t result in RBIs. The only scoring with Severino in the game came on an Andrew Benintendi single—-made possible by Gary Sanchez’ inability to locate the ball on strike out victim Eduardo Nunez, who reached base.

Bryan Hoch of reports that Boone said after the game:

“It’s blinders on,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We’re playing good baseball, doing it a lot of different ways. Tonight was tough. Boston is really good. They battle, battle, battle; kind of hung around. It’s just nice that we’re racking up some wins here. Good to get this series off on a good note, and hopefully we can get one tomorrow.”

When Boone says “tonight was tough,” he may have been referring to the way the team made it tough on itself in beating Boston—Glebyer Torres had an uncharacteristic error and was also caught out at home after being sent home in a controversial decision by third base coach Phil Nevin.

There was also the previously mentioned Nunez strike out ball that got by Sanchez allowing him to reach first and later score to cut the Yankees lead to 2-1.

There was an element of sloppiness on defense, except where the outfield was concerned. Aaron Judge made a stellar play, showing off his powerful arm by throwing out Christian Vasquez, who made the poor decision to try to extend his hit to right field into a double.  (Check out the video out at:

It was power all around that vaulted the Yankees to the victory on Tuesday night, Severino and Aroldis Chapman’s overpowering fastballs, Stanton’s slugging over the walls, and Judge’s arm. The Yankees outmuscled the Red Sox to take the first game of the series.

At the start of play today, the two teams are evenly matched at the top of the division at 25-10. The bats of Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius have yet to come to life in the series—but no doubt these quiet bats will not remain quiet.

The pitching matchup for tonight features Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.39 ERA) against Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.14 ERA) in what promises to be another American League East dogfight—this time to stand alone at the top.