After two stressful games in this series, the Yankees took the lead early today and never looked back. CC Sabathia put together another solid outing, and the offense hit three home runs behind him to wrap up the series with a win.
The game wasn’t all good, though. Gleyber Torres exited the game in the fourth after he struck out swinging. In between pitches, he was seen stretching out his right hip. Torres was sent for an MRI following the game. The results just came back and he will be placed on the disabled list with a hip strain.
Now onto the recap...
The Braves had a chance to take an early lead after Sabathia worked his way into a jam in the first. Ender Inciarte hit a leadoff single, then Ozzie Albies flew out and Freddie Freeman grounded into a force out. With an 0-2 count on Nick Markakis, Sabathia’s next pitch grazed his forearm. Kurt Suzuki worked a walk to load up the bases and bring Ronald Acuna Jr. to the plate. Fortunately, the youngster struck out swinging to end the threat.
Julio Teheran followed by striking out the side in the first inning, but the Yankees got to him in the second. With one out, Didi Gregorius smacked a double down the left field line, and Greg Bird hit an RBI through the hole on the right side. They increased their lead in the third after Neil Walker hit a leadoff single and Aaron Hicks worked a two-out walk. Giancarlo Stanton followed with a dinger to right field:
Like a flag in the wind.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 4, 2018
(@RealMichaelKay with a familiar home run call.) pic.twitter.com/KR6y0rBx5p
Kyle Higashioka also took Teheran deep in the fourth inning, depositing his third home run into the left field seats. (Yes, his first three hits have all been home runs.) Aaron Judge’s 24th home run of the season ended up being the Yankees’ sixth and final run of the game.
Sabathia settled down after first, not getting into trouble again until the fifth inning. The Braves finally got on the board thanks to an RBI by Danny Santana, who entered the game after Freddie Freeman was drilled in the elbow. The only other run that Sabathia surrendered was a two-out solo shot off the bat of Johan Camargo. The lefty finished the day with five strikeouts and three walks across six innings. Chad Green, Dellin Betances, and Jonathan Holder each pitched a scoreless frame to close out the game.
Tomorrow is an off day, but the Yankees will kick off a series in Toronto on Friday. Sonny Gray will take on Sam Gaviglio at 7:07 ET.