Austin Romine and Greg Bird's long balls highlighted a six-run fourth inning that helped the Yankees take Game 1 of the split doubleheader, 7-4, over the Tigers.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Gleyber Torres continues his hot play with yet another long ball to give him 10 on the season. He now leagues all rookies in home runs this season.
2) Luis Severino had yet another dominant outing to collect his AL-leading ninth win on the season. Miguel Cabrera got an RBI double off him in the first inning, but he would settle in from there. He would see an unearned run come across over the next seven innings on his way to another double-digit strikeout game with 10 on the day. Severino's ERA also fell to 2.20.
3) Austin Romine has had tremendous success at the plate this season, and he continued showcasing his hot bat in this one. He almost had a homer in his first at-bat as it just sliced foul down the right field line. But, as part of a six-run fourth inning, he blasted a three-run homer off Drew VerHagen to left center field. Greg Bird added his second homer on the season while Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier had RBI singles in the inning as well.
4) The Tigers struck for two runs in the bottom of the ninth, which brought on Aroldis Chapman to close the door. He recorded his 14th save on the season.
If you were told that Yankees' battery-mates excelled and Severino was on the mound, your next question might be, "How did Sanchez do?"
Well, Gary Sanchez wasn't the catcher today. Romine was behind the dish, and he once again displayed his newfound ability to drill the baseball.
Romine, considered a "defense-first" catcher coming into the season (he owned a .577 OPS in 611 career plate appearances), has busted out of his offensive shell at the behest of his manager, Aaron Boone. Romine has adjusted his stance and changed his mentality at the plate. Despite sporadic playing time as Sanchez's backup, Romine has been far from an automatic out at the plate this season as he finished the game slashing .373/.456/.661 in 60 plate appearances.
As for Severino, he did exactly as the Yankees hoped he would - pitch well and deep into the game with a second contest looming in the evening. Severino continues to dominate opposing lineups striking out at least 10 batters for fourth time this season.
Highlights from tonight's game...
The Yankees and Tigers take a short break before playing Game 2 of the doubleheader on Monday at 7:10 p.m. Domingo German and Mike Fiers will face off on the mound.