The New York Yankees executed a dominant performance against the Cleveland Indians on Friday evening. It was a home run festival for the Bombers, who saw Joey Gallo hit two, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, and Giancarlo Stanton all go deep to tie their season-high with five home runs in a single game.
However, the most impressive performance of the evening was starting pitcher Corey Kluber, who lasted 6.0 innings, allowing just four hits and zero runs. He struck out for batters and walked two over 95 pitches, lowering his ERA to 3.68 on the season.
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There is primarily good news for the Yankees in their most recent victory over Cleveland, as Kluber displayed one of his best performances of the year aside from his no-hitter before suffering a shoulder strain several months ago. The offense was on point as well, collecting 11 hits and striking out just eight times.
Aside from the win, the Yankees are nearly ready to call up Luis Severino for the first time this year after suffering an injury setback with a groin issue a few weeks back. Severino has missed extensive time trying to re-join the team, pitching just 12 innings over the past two seasons.
“Not being able to help the team for a couple of years has been really bad,” Severino said. “I’m looking forward to joining the team. If they want me to hit, throw, catch, whatever. I don’t really care right now.”
With just a few more rehabilitation sessions left to execute, the Yankees are excited about the prospect of adding him to the rotation, especially with Domingo German still fighting his way back and inconsistencies plaguing the team at times.
“We’re not going to get him built up to start or anything like that, but I can [see Severino pitching in the Majors],” Boone said. “We’ll see what the next step is, getting him into a game in a couple of days, but I could envision him being with us pretty soon if everything goes well.”