PITTSBURGH – Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks hit a Grand Slam each, Luis Severino worked six key innings and the New York Yankees split their two-game interleague series as they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-0 on Wednesday night.
Hicks clears bases in ninth
Judge became the first Yankees player to score 30 home runs before the All-Star break twice in his career. When he turned the pitch of Pittsburgh reliever Manny Banuelos—who was acquired from New York last weekend—in the eighth and sent it screaming to the left-field seats for his third career Slam. Hicks cleared the bases in the ninth when he went deep against Pirates utility infielder Josh VanMeter.
Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, Joey Gallo, and Kyle Higashioka also made a home for New York to extend the Yankee’s season to a total of 139 homers. Which was easily on top of the majors.
Continue without a walk to get the first win
Severino (5-3) hit three without releasing a walk to secure his first win in more than a month. Four hits allowed. The right-hander struck 12 straights and 18 of the last 20 hitters to start the bottom of the first by giving a single to Kevin Hayes and a double to Brian Reynolds.
Eliminated a two-game skid for New York
The win ended a two-game skid for New York. who started the second half of the season with the same recipe that propelled the Yankees to the best record in the majors and the second-best starts in franchise history through 81 games: leading start pitching and plenty of power.
A healthy number of Yankees fans during the first visit
Donaldson’s seventh season did well in the left-field seats. The buzz was barely dampened by a crowd of a healthy number of Yankees fans during the team’s first visit to Pittsburgh since 2017. When the struggling Gallo – who had received a vote of confidence from manager Aaron Boone before the game – sent a shot to the Concourse beyond the wall at right-center for his 10th session of the season, to make it 4-0.
Walked in a pair of runs for the Yankees
Judge’s laser—the ball had an exhaust velocity of 115 mph—cleared the bases in the eighth and ended a three-hit performance. DJ LeMahieu sang the song three times and went on a pair of runs for the Yankees, who improved to 3-3 after pounding a season-high 22 hits on a four-city, 10-game road trip.
Reynolds had two of Pittsburgh’s four hits, but the Pirates could muster little against Severino and three New York relievers.
Keller worked six innings in and out of trouble, running on a season-high 10 hits and allowing four runs with seven strikes. By the time New York overwhelmed Pittsburgh’s overtaxed bullpen, it was long gone.
Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo was ruled out of the lineup for the second straight game due to back stiffness. Boone said Rizzo was “definitely better” on Wednesday than he was on Wednesday, when the 32-year-old had a late rash as he watched, as Boone put it, “all turned.”
Pirates: Greg Allen (hamstrings) was scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment in Class A Bradenton. Allen, who last claimed exemption from the Yankees, did not play a full season, after spraining his left hamstring during spring training, then injuring his right hamstring during rehab.
on the move
The Yankees reinstated reliever Miguel Castro from the banned list and named reliever Ryan Webber to the assignment.
Pittsburgh reinstates reliever Yerry de Los Santos from the COVID-19 list. The Pirates opted for the Cam Vieques reliever for Triple-A Indianapolis and designated reliever Austin Bryce for the task.