Game 130: CLE vs. NYY — Uphill battle against the ace, #ForHouston

There was nothing inherently wrong with how Luis Severino pitched today. I mean, it wasn’t ideal in that he ended up with a loss, but overall, had there been enough run-support, we’d be having a different conversation in this blog post. Of course, a wonky strike zone didn’t help either.

To kick off the first game of this mid-week series against the Indians, the Yankees turned to Severino. Again, he actually had a pretty great game, throwing 108 pitches into the 7th inning, giving up 4 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs (3 earned), and striking out 9 Cleveland batters. His biggest flaw was giving up 2 different 2-out solo home runs to the same batter in the 1st and 6th innings. He then gave up a 1-out solo shot in the 7th, a single, and then a strikeout before getting the hook.

Adam Warren came on in relief, but left that runner to Severino’s record. The runner made a dash for 2nd, but a missed catch error allowed him to make it all the way to 3rd where a wild pitch would score him (hence the unearned run on the starter’s stats). Warren finally got a ground out to end the 7th inning, and ended up giving up a 1-out solo home run in the 8th that caused a bit of a ruckus. A fan did the stupid thing and reached for it. It bounced off his hands and onto the field.

Now, fan interference generally is ruled as an automatic double, but if the video can show the ball would’ve been out, it’s ruled a home run. The trajectory had the ball bouncing off the top of the left field wall, and thus a home run which was upheld by the umpire review. {Media note: the attached video link doesn’t show it so clearly, but it was going to be a home run despite the poor fan.} The right call, but a bummer for the run scoring and the guy who could have been escorted from the stadium for interfering with the state of play. At the very least, the fans in his section would make the rest of the game rather uncomfortable.

Chasen Shreve’s 9th didn’t really go much smoother. A 1-out walk scored on an RBI double. And with a runner lingering at 3rd on a wild pitch Shreve got the last 2 outs (all 3 of his outs were strikeouts, by the way) to keep the Indians from adding much more to their lead.

The Yankees, on the other hand, seemed to be waiting for a rally they just never had. To be perfectly fair, the Indians’ starter tonight is an easy nominee for the Cy Young Award this season, continuing his stellar breakout season that helped his team make it all the way to the World Series. The Yankees didn’t hit much off him — just 3 hits and a walk in his 8 innings.

One of those hits was Chase Headley’s lead-off solo home run in the 3rd. The other 2 hits came in the 5th with 2 outs. Ellsbury doubled and then scored on Todd Frazier’s single. But that would be it for the Yankees against the Indians’ starter.

While the Yankee pitching staff certainly got more strikeouts (12 overall), the only stat that matters is runs scored. And tonight, the Yankees fell a bit short.

Final score: 6-2 Indians

In other news around the league (a rare feature in this blog): Due to the increasing destruction that Hurricane Harvey is inflicting on the Texas and northwestern Gulf area, the Astros-Rangers series that is scheduled to begin tomorrow will be played at the Rays’ home in Tropicana Field. The Rays are on the road, currently in Kansas City, which might see the outer bands of the storm later this week. It’s a logical and kind thing to do for the teams, so that they can finish out their season (especially Houston as it continues to dominate the AL).

If you’re in the Tampa area and want to catch the game, tickets are $10 general admission. They’re using the hashtag #ForHouston as part of the promotion, so even if you can’t go, you can use the hashtag on your social media account to remind people to be proactive and get involved in relief efforts in some way.

If you’re looking for a way to donate or help, the Astros’ Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach will be accepting donations starting tomorrow that will be later taken to the relief centers in Houston. The Astros Foundation and ownership will be donating $4 million to relief efforts, including the American Red Cross. This follows MLB and the MLB Players Association’s announcement of its own donation of $1 million for relief efforts. And for the rest of the season, the Astros will use their 50/50 raffle during games to raise money for the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in the Houston area.

Our hearts and prayers are with those in the path of the storm, who are still watching flood waters rise around them. New York knows what it means to survive and ride out the worst disasters, so we stand with you in the midst of the storm and by your side once recovery begins. Stay safe.

Go Yankees!

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