It was Brian McCann’s first night back in Atlanta where the Yankees are playing a three game series against the Braves. The Yankees needed a day off after a tough ten game home stand where the Yankees went 5-5. The Atlanta crowd was very happy to see Brian McCann as they gave him a standing ovation in his first at-bat and cheered him for every time McCann was up to the plate.
The Yankees got the offense rolling early as they were able to capitalize in the first inning. With two outs Carlos Beltran gets a base hit to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games. Then the Braves pitcher walked the home town kid, Brian McCann, and walked the Yankee rookie first basemen, Greg Bird. With the bases loaded and two outs Chase Headley hit a ground rule double to score two runs. The following at-bat Didi Gregorius hit a three run home run to make the lead 5-0 all with two outs.
The Yankees continued the hot offense in the top of the second. The Yankees were able to load the bases again, but before any runs could come in the Braves went to their bullpen. With two outs bases loaded Greg Bird was up, and he drew a walk to score another run. Headley followed Bird and he also walked to bring in another run. Then Didi who hit a home run an inning earlier got a base hit that was able to score two more runs. Didi Gregorius had five RBIs through the first two innings, and the Yankees had a total of nine runs in those first two innings.
Masahiro Tanaka was on the mound for the Bronx Bombers, and was shaky in the first inning. After the Yankees took a huge lead the Braves came right back and scored two runs. There could have been a lot more damage but Jacoby Ellsbury made a great catch to end the inning with the Yankees still on top. After that first inning Tanaka was able to settle down, and had a good bounce back start. Tanaka gave up a home run to Freddie Freeman in the third inning to make the score 9-3. After that home run Tanaka was in cruise control setting down 13 straight batters until a double in the seventh with two outs. Tanaka went seven innings striking out seven, and only gave up three runs in a win.
In the top of the eighth Brian McCann got to have his return to home moment. With two on one out Brian McCann was able to hit a laser out of the stadium to make the score 12-3. McCann looked very comfortable all game at the plate, and even though he will not show any emotion it has to feel nice to come back and hit a home run in a blow out win.
Didi Gregorius had another base hit in the top of the eighth inning. Chase Headley was on second and came home on the single to make it 13-3. Gregorius had a season high six RBIs tonight. For Gregorius and this entire line up it was great to see the offense put up a crooked number.
In the bottom of the eighth Bryan Mitchell made his return, which was great to see after he took a hit off the face last time we saw him. In the top of the ninth the Braves brought in outfielder, Jonny Gomes to pitch the ninth. The Yankees were able to score a couple more runs with a Chris Young home run and a McCann sac fly to make it 15-3. The Braves were able to score one more run in the bottom of the ninth to make the final score 15-4.
The Yankees will be on Fox Sports 1 tomorrow at 7:10 with the young prospect Luis Severino on the mound.
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