After losing their series to the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees returned home to play the Atlanta Braves. Jordan Montgomery made his second start this season, trying to rebound from his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies. Touki Toussaint pitched for the Braves, hoping to continue his winning streak. Montgomery started by having a 1-2-3 inning in the 1st. After a single by DJ Lemahieu, and Hicks getting on base with a fielding error, Luke Voit took advantage. Voit hit a three-run home run to put the Yankees up 3-0.
In the third inning, the Yankees added more runs, thanks to Austin Riley‘s fielding error. Riley misthrew a ball to first, which allowed DJ LeMahieu to score. Mike Ford then added two more runs with a double, making it 6-0. Aaron Judge continued to show why he wanted to be in the MVP race by homering in the bottom of the fifth, making it 7-0 Yankees. After adding one more run with a double play, the Yankees were up 8-0. The Braves finally got some runs in the top of the 6th with a three-run home run by Marcell Ozuna.
Conclusion of Game 1
As the game went on, the Yankees couldn’t put the Braves away. With several fielding errors, the Braves ended up getting a run, making it 8-4. Despite these errors, the Yankees were able to get one more run thanks to another RBI double by Mike Ford. Despite adding two more runs in the 8th inning, it was not enough as Zack Britton closed the Braves down in the ninth. The Yankees won the game 9-6 and looked for the sweep on Wednesday.
Before the game, the Yankees got terrible injury news. After Aaron Judge sat out of the game in the seventh inning, Boone stated that he needed resting, due to lower-body tightness. Despite Judge being out, it was finally time for Clint Frazier to be in the lineup.
Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees. Despite giving up a single to Dansby Swanson at the start of the game, Tanaka did get out of it. Tyler Matzek, who pitched for the Braves, got out of a bases-loaded inning for the Yankees. The Braves would be the first to strike in the second inning when Johan Camargo blasted a two-run home run off Tanaka to put the Braves up 2-0.
The Yankees would fight back in the bottom half of the 2nd. Gary Sanchez blasted his second home run of the year to make it 2-1. In Clint Frazier’s first at-bat of the season, he showed why the Yankees should keep him on the squad. Frazier’s home run tied the game at 2-2. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Yankees made the lead 3-2 thanks to an RBI double from Aaron Hicks. Gleyber Torres also got an RBI single to extend with an RBI single to make it 4-2. The Yankees then added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth with two RBI singles from DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit.
As the game moved on into the ninth inning, the Braves wouldn’t give up. Travis D’arnaud got an RBI single off of Jonathan Holder to make it 6-3. After taking out Holder, the Yankees put in Zack Britton to close it out. After walking Freddie Freeman to set up the tying run, the Yankees were able to escape the Braves’ attempt. Getting Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall out, the Yankees won the game 6-3 and swept the Braves 2-0. The Yankees will play the Boston Red Sox on Friday. The Braves will travel to play the Miami Marlins on Friday.
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