It’s not everyday a starter escapes with a no-decision after lasting only 1/3 of an inning, but fortunately for Luis Severino, he was bailed out by a terrific performance from the New York Yankees bullpen.
Yankees’ relievers tied a major-league postseason record with 13 strikeouts and gave up only one run across 8 2/3 innings, leading the club to an 8-4 win in Tuesday’s wild-card game against the Minnesota Twins.
“It was difficult. My team needed me very bad and I didn’t do my job,” Severino told Peter Botte of the New York Daily News.
“I just didn’t command my pitches. In the bullpen, I was awesome, but when I took the mound I lost the feeling for my slider and was behind in the counts and I paid for it. …
“I don’t want to be in that situation and lose that game like that. But we have a great bullpen and I know the guys were going to hit. And right now I (will) get the chance to pitch again.”
Severino tied Art Ditmar and Bob Turley for the shortest start ever by a Yankees starter in the postseason. Despite the poor outing, the 23-year-old – by far the Yankees most dominant regular-season starter – says he’s not going to let Tuesday’s performance affect him.
“I’m looking forward to go pitch, and it’s not going to be the same. I will do as much as possible to be in the game and to win the game,” Severino said.
“I’ll be ready for the next game. That’s a decision that (manager) Joe (Girardi) and (pitching coach) Larry (Rothschild) will have to make. But I’ll be ready. I don’t want to let this happen again. I know my team trusts me and Joe trusts me so I will go there and try to do my job.”