They have been in business since 1903 and have delivered a lot of ugliness on the field, but the stench the Yankees produced Saturday against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium ranks among the worst performances.
Staff ace Luis Severino was shelled by Andrew Benintendi for two home runs, when he wasn’t walking the bottom of the Red Sox order. Todd Frazier and Didi Gregorius committed errors that cost runs. Aaron Judge’s K parade continued with two punchouts looking, and when the slumping slugger got the bat on the ball for the first time in the fifth inning, it resulted in a double play.
Judge, who finished 0-for-4, has whiffed at least once in 29 straight games — three shy of Adam Dunn’s major league record of 32. Since July 14, a span of 27 games (26 starts), Judge is hitting .161 (15-for-93) and has struck out 43 times. He has six extra base hits — five homers and a double.
Outside of Gary Sanchez tucking a two-run homer inside the right-field foul pole in the first inning, the Yankees didn’t do much against lefty starter Drew Pomeranz, who guided the Red Sox to a 10-5 victory that was witnessed by a sold-out Yankee Stadium crowd of 47,241.
So, all the momentum the Yankees copped with Friday night’s scintillating 5-4 victory vanished into a muggy Bronx late afternoon after five innings when the Yankees trailed, 10-3.
The 61-54 Yankees, who have lost 7 of 11 games, fell 4 ½ lengths back of the AL East-leading Red Sox (66-50), who turn to Cy Young favorite Chris Sale on Sunday night when they look to further separate themselves from the reeling Yankees.
Luis Severino walks off the field after being taken out in the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 10-5 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday. Severino allowed all 10 runs, though only eight were earned.Paul J. Bereswill
Severino pitched very well in his previous six starts, going 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA He held batters to a .186 average and in 39 ²/₃ innings, allowed 27 hits and whiffed 48. In two outings against the Red Sox, he allowed one run in 14 frames.
Based on those six starts, Severino easily replaced Masahiro Tanaka as the staff ace. And nothing in the first two innings led to anybody thinking Severino was in for a severe beating. He retired the opening seven batters easily.
Then Severino walked Christian Vazquez and Jackie Bradley Jr. with one out in the third and lost a chance at a double play when Frazier had Eduardo Nunez’s ground ball spill out of his glove. Mookie Betts drove in two runs with a single and Benintendi hit the first of two three-run homers.
Benintendi got Severino for another three-run blast in the fifth when the Red Sox broke the game open with another five-run frame.
In 4 ¹/₃ innings, the second shortest outing of the year for Severino (9-5), he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) and eight hits.
Pitching against the Yankees for the third time this year, Pomeranz improved to 12-4 with his sixth straight win. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 ²/₃ innings. The lefty last lost on June 11.
Even the Red Sox delivered a dose of ugliness to the day by making two errors.
Consecutive homers by Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury with no outs in the ninth off Robby Scott accounted for the final Yankees runs. Ellsbury ended a 147 consecutive at-bat stretch without a homer. His last home run was on May 7.