Luetge earned the save against the Red Sox on Wednesday by retiring the only batter he faced. Aroldis Chapman started the ninth inning with the Yankees holding a four-run lead, but the team turned to Luetge after the veteran closer gave up a homer along with two additional baserunners. Luetge battled Kevin Plawecki for nine pitches before inducing a groundout to end the game. The save was Luetge's first since his rookie 2012 campaign. Per Max Goodman of SI.com, the left-hander went 3,284 days between saves.
Luetge allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in two innings in a no-decision versus Kansas City on Wednesday. Serving as an opener in his first major-league start, Luetge gave up a hit in each of his two innings and allowed Whit Merrifield to score on a Salvador Perez groundout. Luetge has been an effective bullpen arm for the Yankees this year, pitching to a 2.82 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 61:9 K:BB through 54.1 innings overall. He's added three holds and two blown saves, but he has yet to see a large run of high-leverage work.
Luetge is slated to serve as the Yankees' opening pitcher in Wednesday's game against the Royals, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. With six starting pitchers currently residing on the injured list, the Yankees will turn to Luetge to lead off a bullpen game in the series finale. Luetge has maxed out at four innings this season, but since he hasn't covered more than two frames since April, the Yankees may not ask him to go more than once through the batting order. Brody Koerner -- who had been starting at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being called up Aug. 3 -- could be a candidate to fill multiple innings behind Luetge.
Luetge (4-2) allowed two unearned runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two in one inning to take the loss against the Mariners on Sunday. Luetge was somewhat unlucky in his outing, as Abraham Toro reached on a fielding error to lead off the inning before he gave up a walk and a double. However, the runs that came across during the inning were the only two runs of the game, so the southpaw was forced to settle for his first loss since June 30. Luetge hasn't allowed any earned runs in 10.2 innings across his last nine outings, and he's posted a 2-1 record during that time.
Luetge (4-1) earned the win in relief Saturday against the Marlins after tossing two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and fanning four. Luetge has been pitching very well of late and extended his streak of scoreless appearances to six outings, a stretch in which he's posted an excellent 12:1 K:BB while also going more than one inning three times. The left-hander posted a strong 2.00 ERA and an excellent 12.0 K/9 across eight July appearances, but a concerning 1.44 WHIP suggests he outpitched his ERA during that same span.
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