Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Severino's Strong Start Lifts Yanks to Decisive Game 5

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Severino's Strong Start Lifts Yanks to Decisive Game 5

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NEW YORK – Luis Severino had vowed to channel his adrenaline on Monday night, a chance to personally reset things following his extremely early wild card exit.

A week ago, the young right-hander nearly took the Yankees out of October before it began.

But pressed into another elimination game Monday at Yankee Stadium, Severino kept his promise – delivering seven important innings and sending his club back to Cleveland.

Fueled by Severino's hot start and facilitated by some unlikely Indians mistakes, the Yankees raced to a five-run lead and finished off a 7-3 victory in AL Division Series Game 4.

"I told him after the game, he grew up a lot today," manager Joe Girardi said of Severino, who struck out nine batters and walked one. Getting through the seventh "was good for our bullpen. To me, that's growing up."

After trailing 0-2 in the best-of-five series, the Yankees will send veteran lefty CC Sabathia to start Wednesday night's decisive Game 5 at Progressive Field against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber.

Severino gave up four hits and a walk, struck out nine and watched Tommy Kahnle rescue a wild Dellin Betances in the eighth, stranding two runners and finishing up a six-out save.

"To be honest, I didn't feel any pressure," said Kahnle. "Just be aggressive and try to get outs."

In an unexpected twist, the Yankees pounded Kluber for six runs in 2.2 innings, only to lose a 13-inning Game 2. But in Game 1, Bauer dominated the Yanks, limiting them to two hits over 6.2 scoreless innings to get the win.

Pitching on short rest, Bauer was not at his best in Monday's Game 4.

"That's what you want, everybody making adjustments right away," Didi Gregorius said of the Yanks' lineup.

And Bauer wasn't helped by his defense in yielding four unearned runs over just 1.2 innings, with four hits two walks and three strikeouts.

Aaron Judge's first base hit of the ALDS – a rocket of a two-run double to left – completed the scoring in a four-run second and essentially ended Bauer's night.

Brett Gardner's shallow sac fly in the fifth – testing novice center fielder Jason Kipnis – and Gary Sanchez's sixth-inning homer provided necessary breathing room. …

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