Starting pitching and offense shine as Yankees sweep split squad games

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia both impressed as the Yankees swept their split squad games against the Braves and Marlins.

Yankees 7, Braves 4

Masahiro Tanaka got the start against the Braves and impressed once again, this time against a strong Atlanta lineup in a 7-4 Yankees' win. Tanaka went 4.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, while he struck out six. The offense also put together an impressive outing, including a six-run fifth inning to put the Yankees in front for good.

The Yankees opened the game's scoring in the bottom of the second when Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-out single to drive home Ramon Flores. The Braves got that run back in the fourth. With Tanaka on the hill, Tommy La Stella hit a two-out double that the wind carried all the way to the wall. That double scored Dan Uggla, who had drawn a walk off Tanaka. An inning later, the Braves took the lead against Matt Thornton. Thornton gave up a double to Jason Heyward and a single to B.J. Upton, which gave the Braves a 2-1 lead.

However, the Yankees came back with a six-run inning in the bottom of the fifth to put themselves well in front. Ichiro and Eduardo Nunez drew walks to lead off the inning, and both came around to score when Brian McCann doubled to right. The Yankees' added four more runs from there, thanks to hits from Kelly Johnson and Flores, a wild pitch, a Mason Williams sacrifice fly and an error from Andrelton Simmons. When it was over, the Yankees had a 7-2 lead.

The Braves got a run back in the top of the eighth when Justin Upton took a Shane Green pitch over the left field wall. That cut the Yankee lead to four runs.

An iffy inning in the ninth by Dellin Betances allowed the Braves to add another run. Betances walked La Stella and hit Elmer Reyes with a pitch, and after Tyler Green singled, the bases were loaded with one out. The Braves got a run when Todd Cunningham grounded out. Betances finished off the game without anymore trouble when he struck out Joey Terdoslavich to seal the win.

Box score.

Yankees 7, Marlins 0

After being no hit yesterday in Panama, the Yankees ensured there would be no repeat of that feat today. This time it was the Yankees' pitching that shined, holding the Marlins to just one hit. Headlining was CC Sabathia who threw five no-hit innings, striking out five. The offense would redeem their performance from yesterday, scoring seven runs as the Yankees split the Legend Series with a 7-0 win.

The Yankees got the game's first run in the top of the second. Francisco Cervelli and Yangervis Solarte reached on singles and Cervelli came around to score when Zelous Wheeler hit a ground-rule double.

The Yankees tacked on four more runs in the fifth inning. Corban Joseph led off with a double and scored a couple batters later when Carlos Beltran singled. Derek Jeter (who had walked in the at bat before Beltran's) scored when Cervelli singled. Solarte then singled to drive home both Beltran and Cervelli to make it 5-0 Yankees.

The offense continued their dominance with more runs in the ninth inning. Antoan Richardson led off with a single and scored when Gary Sanchez homered to make it 7-0. In all, the Yankees recorded 15 hits in the game.

After Sabathia's start, David Robertson, Preston Claiborne, Cesar Cabral and Chris Leroux combined to finish off the game fairly easily. Only Claiborne allowed a base runner over the last four innings, as the Yankees came away with a 7-0 win.

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The Yankees will take on the Pirates tomorrow at 1:05 eastern. That game will air on MLB Network at 11 PM eastern.

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