Luis Severino's first career hit sent the Yankees dugout into a frenzy
Luis Severino was in terrific form in the Yankees' 7-5 win against the Mets on Thursday night. He shut them out over the first six innings as the Yankees ran the score up to 7-0 by the end of the fourth. A surprising contributor to the Yankees' offense was Severino himself. He entered the game hitless in four career at-bats, but he caught a break in the top of the fourth. With Tyler Austin and Ronald Torreyes on base and no one out, Severino was asked to move the runners over. He got the job done and more -- as his bunt evaded the diving attempt of first baseman Dominic Smith. Severino beat the throw, giving him his first Major League hit. The dugout went wild:
The Yankees broadcast team noted that Severino had told his fellow pitchers before the game that he would get a hit, so that only added to their amusement. Severino returned the favor with finger guns of his own.
Camaraderie aside, Severino had to face the task of running the bases, which can sometimes be an adventure for pitchers. (Just ask John Lackey.) The next batter, Brett Gardner, cracked a double down the left-field line, scoring a pair of runs and sending Severino from first to third. It was a bit of an effort for the pitcher, and he let his teammates know:
Next time, Severino should just save himself a breath and hit a homer. Imagine what the dugout would do then!