The Yankees' offense did not bring quite the same power that they brought to last night's game, but they provided Luis Severino with just enough run support to pick up the victory and guarantee the series win.
All season long, the Yankees have been big fans of scoring in the first inning, and that remained true tonight. Jacoby Ellsbury lead off with a double, just getting into second base in time. With two outs and Ellsbury on third, Braves' pitcher Matt Wisler issued back-to-back walks to Brian McCann and Greg Bird to bring Chase Headley to the plate. Then Wisler threw a wild pitch that bounced into the stands, allowing Ellsbury to score while Headley went on to strike out. Yankee bats remained quiet for the next few innings, aside from Luis Severino's first MLB at-bat, where he flew out to the warning track in right field (!!) and elicited this response from the dugout:
Meanwhile, the Braves couldn't get anything going against Severino tonight. Through six innings of work, he gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out five Braves without allowing a single run to score. Justin Wilson started the seventh inning and worked his way into trouble after giving up singles to the first two batters. With no outs, Jonny Gomes grounded into a force out and the Yankees got the out at second, but Gregorius decided to go for the double play and threw to first. Wilson was covering first, but he didn't get there in time and missed the catch. What turned out to be the Braves' only run of the night scored, and Wilson was charged with an error. Dellin Betances came on for the final out of the seventh and flashed some impressive glovework, backhanding a ball hit by Freddie Freeman to end the inning.
The Yankees tacked on another run in the seventh inning, after Headley and Didi Gregorius hit back-to-back doubles. In the eighth inning, Carlos Beltran led off with a walk and, with Chris Young pinch running, McCann drove in the run with a double off the wall, making it 3-1. There were a lot of doubles off the wall in this game, as Brendan Ryan also hit one in the ninth. Andrew Miller picked up his 28th save of the season with two strikeouts to close out the game and guarantee the series win.
Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound tomorrow as the Yankees go for the sweep. He'll face off against Julio Teheran at 1:35 EST.
On a more serious note, a fan fell from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during the game and was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Our thoughts are with his family.