Luis Severino Gets 11 Strikeouts In Yankees’ 5-3 Win Vs. Astros [VIDEO]
The right-hander recorded 11 strikeouts in the victory to go 8-1 this season. He pumped up his fists in jubilation after fanning George Springer in the seventh inning with an 88-mph pitch as New York led 5-2.
The Yankees thus won the series against Houston 2-1 after dropping the first game. Severino tied a season-high with his 11 strikeouts. He is unbeaten in his past nine starts.
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“He is a guy that obviously we feel great on the day he’s pitching and handing him the ball,” manager Aaron Boone told the New York Daily News before the game. “Part of that is because we feel like he has a chance to really get us deep into the game. When you’re going through a tough stretch of games, lot of games, whatever we’re in, 14 games in 13 days, these are the days you do look to your ace to try and carry the load and get you deep into the game because not only because he’s really good and gives you a chance to win that night’s game, but also when your ace can preserve the bullpen a little bit, those things kind of add up in the days ahead.”
The Astros’ Dallas Kuechel allowed four runs in five-plus innings of work on Wednesday.
Gary Sanchez singled in the fifth with two outs and the bases loaded to drive in two runs and put the Bombers up 3-2 following Max Stassi’s two-run homer for Houston earlier in the frame.
Aaron Hicks also scored on Giancarlo Stanton‘s fly-ball and drove in Austin Romine with a double in the sixth.
The Yankees (35-17) next visit the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday (7:05pm EST) for the opener of a four-game series. Righty Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.98) is set to face off against Andrew Cashner (2-6, 5.07).
The Bombers are second in the AL East, two games behind the Boston Red Sox. The Astros (35-22) lead the AL West.
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