Top Yankees pitching prospect Luis Severino logged his first Triple-A victory during a 7-2 win over Buffalo on Wednesday.
Severino struck out four in 5 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, one walk and two runs.
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Severino retired the first 11 batters he faced before Matt Hague singled on a ball that hit off Severino's leg with two outs in the fourth. Severino recovered to strike out Brad Glenn swinging for the final out of the inning. After giving up a leadoff single to Andy Burns in the fifth, Severino got Daric Barton to ground into a double play and struck out Alex Hassan looking.
In the sixth, Sean Ochinko walked and Jonathan Diaz lined out, but then back-to-back singles loaded the bases and ended Severino's day. Righthander Danny Burawa relieved Severino and immediately allowed a two-run single to Hague before escaping the inning.
Through three Triple-A starts, the righthander has struck out eight in 16 2/3 innings with a 1.08 WHIP and 2.70 ERA.
Third baseman Cole Figueroa was 2-for-5 with two doubles and shortstop Nick Noonan went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk for the RailRiders (34-27, 1st place in International League North). Since May 27, Figueroa is 21-for-56 (.375) with seven doubles and a home run. He's walked four times and struck out just three times.
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