Severino hurts elbow in another rough outing
Too bad it stopped raining. It was hard for Yankees fans not to feel that way Friday night. A rainout might have been more acceptable than a 7-1 loss to the White Sox and undefeated Chris Sale, who raised his record to 8-0.
The 0 that really bothers the Yankees is the one in Luis Severino’s 0-6 record. It was another rough outing for the second-year righthander who displayed so much promise as a rookie last season but is staring at a very unsightly 7.46 ERA this year.
Going against a pitcher of Sale’s quality compels an opposing starter to be at his best and keep runs to a minimum. Severino did not do that. He failed to pitch beyond the third inning and was in trouble in each one. There may be more trouble for Severino, who left the game reporting soreness in the back of his right elbow and was to undergo an MRI exam later in the night.
A splendid play at shortstop by Ronald Torreyes to end the first inning saved Severino from giving up a run, but the White Sox struck quickly in the second inning on doubles by Brett Lawrie and Alex Avila book ending a groundout. A walk to 9-hole hitter Austin Jackson and an infield single by Adam Eaton loaded the bases. Severino struck out Jimmy Rollins for the second out, but Jose Abreu lined a single to center to drive in two runs.
Severino got two quick outs at the start of the third and never got another one. Avila singled to left, Jackson walked again, and Eaton doubled over Aaron Hicks in center field for two runs. Rollins followed with a two-run homer, and the rout was on.
Manager Joe Girardi has been supportive of Severino all year but had a severe critique after the game, saying “He had no command. His ball was up. He was missing his spots. He was not putting the ball where he wanted it.”
The lone blemish in Sale’s second complete game of the season was a home run by Chase Headley leading off the second inning. Headley did not have an extra-base hit in the first 32 games this season and has homered in each of the past two games.
Sale set down 15 batters in a row before Starlin Castro led off the ninth with a single. Mark Teixeira doubled with one out, but Sale retired Headley on a liner to center field and Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre callup Gary Sanchez, who was 0-for-4 as the designated hitter, on a grounder to short.
On the plus side for the Yankees were the 6 1/3 scoreless innings combined by relievers Nick Goody, Chasen Shreve and Kirby Yates. Goody worked 3 1/3 of those innings and allowed one hit and no walks with three strikeouts.