When the dust had settled yesterday, the Yankees had scored 20 runs. One could also say that the Braves had allowed 20 runs. It's hard to get outs against good offensive club like the Yanks, but 20 runs don't fall into a team's lap every day. It's also rare that a player that entered the game hitting under .200 gets on base every time he steps up to bat, yet that's exactly what happened with Stephen Drew. On top of that, it's very rare for an AL relief pitcher to drive in a run, yet that's exactly what happened with Branden Pinder. That's baseball, Suzyn.
A monumental occasion such as Sunday's game calls for a beat-by-beat dissection of the action. At the very least, I do. So, without further ado, here are all 20 runs from yesterday's Bronx Bombers slugfest.
Runs 1, 2 and 3
The game was relatively quiet for the first six outs. Then the Yankees put two base runners on, and with two outs, Julio Teheran was tasked with putting Jacoby Ellsbury away to end the threat. He didn't.
Ellsbury's laser blast into the right field seats came on an 83 MPH hanger that was simply demolished. That's simply not a pitch you can throw to a good hitter like Ellsbury, even if it just goes for a hard-hit liner off the wall. It wasn't a good start to the day for Teheran, and it would only get worse.
Runs 4 and 5
The next man to get to Teheran was Chase Headley. With Greg Bird on base ahead of him, Headley jumped all over a 92 MPH fastball that wound up squarely in the center of home plate.
That is a pitching coach's worst nightmare. A.J. Pierzynski is set up decently inside on Headley for the 1-1 pitch, but Teheran's fastball runs back over the plate and Headley deposited it behind the center field wall. As a wise man once said, it's not what you want. If you're a Braves fan, that is.
Runs 6 and 7
Didi Gregorius was on base with two outs when Teheran started Stephen Drew off with a first pitch changeup. Just moments after Headley's home run, Drew sent that change out of the ballpark for his second hit of the day. Once again, Teheran left one right over the middle of the plate. This is a far cry from the excellent Teheran we saw last year. Murphy Powell covered some of the negative changes in the right-hander's game over at Beyond the Box Score, if you're into that kind of thing.
A relief pitcher named Sugar Ray Marimon walked Stephen Drew with the bases loaded.
Runs 9 and 10
The Yanks loaded the bases with one out in the 7th inning. Nathan Eovaldi had just had a rather shaky inning and the score was suddenly 8-5, so Joe Girardi sent Alex Rodriguez to the plate. Peter Moylan entered to face him, and he would only throw one pitch.
Thus began the onslaught that was the seventh inning.
Runs 11, 12, 13 and 14
At this point in the game, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knew that the game was basically over, so he brought in journeyman reliever Jake Brigham to eat innings and clean up the mess. This is Jake Brigham.
Jake Brigham has the rosiest cheeks in baseball. pic.twitter.com/CrElVQpQxn— Matt Provenzano (@mattprov94) August 30, 2015
He first pitched in professional baseball in 2006, and has only just reached the big leagues. He is here to be the 25th man on a bad baseball team, not to face a ravenous Yankees lineup with the bases loaded. What happened to Brigham yesterday was a series of unfortunate events and in no way was his fault. He was thrown to the wolves. Gardner, Brian McCann and Bird all slapped fastballs the other way to bring in four runs.
Runs 15 and 16
Chase Headley struck again, this time pulling a slider to right field for a double over the head of Nick Markakis. This is how much urgency Markakis felt in getting the ball back into the infield.
Getting blown out is an ugly thing.
Stephen Drew notched yet another hit by shooting a ball into shallow right field. Headley scored, but more importantly, it put Drew's batting average north of the Mendoza line for the first time since the Nixon administration. It was a truly monumental day.
Greg Bird brought Jacoby Ellsbury home in the 8th inning with a sac fly.
Branden Pinder is a relief pitcher on an American League team. Branden Pinder punished a 91 MPH fastball down the middle for a double and an RBI. Let's go live to Mark Teixeira for his reaction:
The final run of the game scored when Didi took a ball on the outer half of the plate the other way to drive in McCann. It was also the final run that Brigham would allow in the game. The Yankees managed to score a whopping 38 runs in their three game set with Atlanta, and that may just be the shot in the arm the offense needed before rolling into Fenway Park to tackle the Red Sox. Either way, it was a game to remember. A good job by all involved, and congratulations to Stephen Drew!
Nicolas Stellini is a staff writer at Pinstripe Alley, where he writes about the Yankees and covers the Double-A Trenton Thunder. His national coverage can be found at Beyond the Box Score. You can follow him on Twitter at @StelliniTweets.