Mitchell threw seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
He did walk five batters, but it was an all-around great performance. Boston scored three runs off the Yankees bullpen, but New York came back to win in the bottom of the ninth. The 25-year-old will end the year having thrown 13 innings and allowed just one earned run over his final two starts.
Mitchell (1-2) gave up three runs (one earned) on six hits and four walks over six innings in Friday's 9-0 loss to the Blue Jays. He struck out two.
The final score belies the solid performance that Mitchell turned in, as six of the Blue Jays' nine runs were scored after he exited the game. Mitchell did have some trouble with his control, a regression after he'd only issued three free passes over his first three trips to the mound. However, the six innings represented his longest stint this season, and the one earned run the least he'd given up since his first appearance of the season against this same Blue Jays squad on Sep. 7. Mitchell will close out the season next Wednesday versus the Red Sox.
The right-hander was staked to an early 3-0 lead, but gave up two runs in the third and Xander Bogaerts finished him off with a 392-foot two-run shot with two outs in the fifth. The 25-year-old righty has given up 10 runs (eight earned) over seven innings covering his last two starts after pitching five scoreless frames in his 2016 debut against the Blue Jays on Sept. 7. He'll look for his second victory when he takes on Toronto again next Friday.
Mitchell (1-1) took the loss on Monday, allowing six runs -- two earned -- over 2.1 innings against the Dodgers. He gave up eight hits and struck out two without walking a batter.
The defense didn't do him any favors with those unearned runs, but eight hits is a tough pill to swallow. Mitchell missed most of the season with injury, so there isn't a large body of work with which to judge the 25-year-old. It is worth noting that he posted a 6.37 ERA a season ago in 29.2 innings. His next start will be Saturday in Boston.
Mitchell will stay in the rotation and make his next start Monday against the Dodgers, the New York Daily News reports.
Mitchell had a strong season debut Wednesday, tossing five shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts en route to a victory and it was enough to convince manager Joe Girardi to stick with the 25-year-old another time through. After missing nearly the entire season with a toe injury suffered at the end of spring training, Mitchell may be able to make it deeper into future outings as he looks to end the season on a high note.
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