Brett Gardner, bullpen help Yankees pick up Luis Severino

Indeed, the much-anticipated Severino-Kluber matchup — one that was hyped because of the starters’ sub-2.50 ERAs and double-digit win tallies — failed to live up to its lofty billing as the offenses churned out a combined 18 hits (nine for each team) and five home runs in a 7-4 Yankees win.

Every one of Cleveland’s hits came with same Yankees pitcher on the mound: Severino. It seemed like baseball after baseball that left the starter’s right hand was blasted to some part of the field. To their credit, the four Yankees relievers who replaced Severino across the game’s final four innings held Cleveland hitless to keep their club in the ballgame.

“They kind of did a number on us,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Combine the Yankees relievers’ version of a half-game no-hitter with an offensive outburst, and the end result is the type of win through which a team can have a valuable lesson reinforced.

Even when its best starting pitcher gets shelled by a very good hitting team, the Yankees still have a roster that is complete enough to pull through with a victory.

“Up and down the lineup we had contributions in big at-bats in big spots,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “The night when Sevy didn’t have his best, the rest of the guys were able to come through in a very big way.”10

How rough was Severino’s night? He had his first one-strikeout game since September 2016, and he allowed multiple homers in a second consecutive game for the first time since May 2016.

“They took very good at-bats against me for a lot of pitches, and they made me grind,” Severino said. “I struck out one batter. I’m not that kind of guy. I’m maybe two or five, but not one.”

Four times this season Severino has reached double digits in strikeouts. In two other games, he finished with nine K’s.

“Aaron does so many things as far as his ability to get on base, his speed element, the power he brings from both sides of the plate,” Boone said. “He’s just a really good player, and I’m glad that people are a little bit more starting to see that.”cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Following the double, Hicks made the heady decision to steal third on Cleveland reliever Oliver Perez, setting up a sacrifice fly opportunity for Bird moments later. When Bird drove Hicks in for his 11th RBI in his past four games, he helped cap a complete team win.

“Look what he’s been doing lately. That’s what you want from everybody,” Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, who hit his own 430-foot homer off Kluber, said of Bird. “You want to do damage from top to bottom.