Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ slides past New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres to steal second base during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 10, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP
Jose Trevino’s pinch-hit, walk-off line-drive single gave the Yankees a 2-1 win in 13 innings against the Cubs at Yankee Stadium on Friday night before 43,446 fans.
Trevino hit a bullet over the shortstop’s head. He flipped his bat and screamed into the Yankees’ dugout almost as soon as he made contact. It scored ghost runner Joey Gallo, who had moved to third base on Gleyber Torres’ deep fly to center field.
The Yankees have won nine of their last 10 games. They improved to 42-16 and started the day with a seven-game lead in the American League East. The Cubs fell to 23-34.
In the 10th and the 11th, the Cubs started the innings intentionally walking the leadoff batter. In the 10th with runners on second and third with no outs, Josh Donaldson hit a fly ball to the warning track that was caught.
Clarke Schmidt threw a scoreless 10th, getting an inning-ending, 5-4-3 double play on a fastball on which Statcast said he hit 101.3 mph. In the 11th, he turned his own double play, snagging a liner over his head and whipping to second base for the second out.
The Yankees had a chance in the eighth. They had runners on second and first with one out, but ex-Yankee David Robertson struck out Gleyber Torres and Aaron Hicks to escape.
Hours before the game, the Cubs designated ex-Yankees prospect Clint Frazier for assignment. On Thursday, Frazier had told the Chicago Morning News that he enjoyed playing with the Cubs more than the Yankees, saying that he felt like players had to carry themselves in “cookie cutter” fashion to avoid being considered distractions.
Severino struck out 10 over six innings, walking one and scattering seven hits. It was his 12th-career double-digit strikeout game and his second in as many starts. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his starts this season. Severino’s fastball, which he leaned on 40% of his pitches, touched 97 mph several times. He also mixed in a mostly even amount of sliders and changeups, sprinkling in his cutter.
Judge bailed Severino out in the third inning, ranging far from center field and toward left-center for a spectacular sliding grab for the third out. It robbed Ian Happ and it came as Severino had runners on first and second base. Earlier in the frame, with one out and a runner on third, Christopher Morel grounded up the middle only for Gleyber Torres, playing on the shortstop side, threw the runner out at home by a lot. Morel reached first via fielder’s choice.
Torres put the Yankees ahead, 1-0, in the fourth with a leadoff homer to right-center field. It was his 11th of the season, and it came off lefty reliever Daniel Norris, who took over after Cubs starting pitcher Wade Miley departed with left shoulder soreness. Miley struck out two, walked one and gave up three hits over three innings.
Chicago immediately responded in the fifth. Jayson Heyward’s solo shot to left field barely cleared the wall. It was Heyward’s first home run of the season, and it came with two outs off a 96-mph fastball Severino left high and over the plate.