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Yankees Sweep Braves Behind 20-Run Avalanche

GAME 129

YANKEES 20, BRAVES 6

The Yankees came into Atlanta having surrendered first place to the Toronto Blue Jays, missing its top home run hitter and run producer in Mark Teixeira and desperately struggling to score runs. They left having swept the Braves by a combined score of 38-11 in three games.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run home run and Chase Headley and Stephen Drew added two-run shots off right-hander Julio Teheran while Nathan Eovaldi rolled to his ninth straight victory as New York thrashed Atlanta at Turner Field on Sunday.

Drew, who collected four hits and Headley, who added three, each drove in four runs as the Yankees scored eight runs in 4 1/3 innings against Teheran (9-7).

When the Braves managed to rally for two runs in the third inning and three runs in the sixth against Eovaldi (14-2) to draw to within 8-5 and chase the 25-year-old right-hander from the game, the Yankees put together a nine-run seventh inning against left-hander Ross Detwiler, right-hander Peter Moylan and right-hander Jake Brigham to put the game out of reach.

Pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann and Headley each drove in two runs in the inning in which the Yankees sent 14 batters to the plate and pounded out nine hits.

The Yankees added three more runs off Brigham in the eighth inning, capped by an RBI double by rookie relief pitcher Branden Pinder.

Teheran, who entered the game with a 7-1 record and a 2.55 ERA at home this season, was charged with season-high tying eight runs on nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

The rookie right-hander Brigham, who was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, was charged with eight runs on nine hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.

Eovaldi yielded five runs on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts to run his career-best winning streak to nine games spanning his past 13 starts. The nine-game winning streak is the best in Major League Baseball this season.

However, Eovaldi needed help from right-hander Adam Warren and Chasen Shreve to get out of the sixth inning. Pinder and right-hander Bryan Mitchell pitched the final three innings to preserve the victory.

Including the 1996 and 1999 World Series, the Yankees have now 17 of the 19 games they have played at Turner Field.

With the victory the Yankees improved to 72-57 and they remain 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. The Braves, who have now lost 12 of their past 13 games, are 54-76.

PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • Drew has been batting under .200 for most of the season after batting .162 last season. But he was 4-for-4 with a homer, three singles, two walks, three runs scored and four RBIs. The four-hit game raised his season average to .201.
  • Headley was 3-for-3 with a homer, a double, a single, two walks, three runs scored and four RBIs. Headley was 6-for-11 with a home run and seven RBIs in the three-game series. He raised his season average to .277. While most of the team has been struggling in August, Headley is batting .297 for the month.
  • After a prolonged slump at the plate, Ellsbury is showing signs of life. He was 2-for-6 with a homer, a single, a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs in the game. Since Aug. 13, Ellsbury is 24-for-69 (.348) with two homers and six RBIs and he has scored 10 runs. That has raised his season average from .260 to .278.

NAGGING NEGATIVES

  • Eovaldi seems to get bogged down when he gets a big lead, which happens often since the Yankees provide him with more than seven runs a game. Even with a 7-0 lead he ended up allowing the Braves back into the game and left after giving up three straight hits to begin the sixth. He has to do better despite the fact he is 14-2.

BOMBER BANTER

With Teixeira still nursing a deep bone bruise on his right leg, manager Joe Girardi is having Rodriguez resume workouts at first base as a potential right-handed option along with rookie Greg Bird, who bats left-handed. Rodriguez has not played in the field since May 23, when he finished a game at first base.

ON DECK

The Yankees will open a three-game series with the last-place Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park starting on Monday.

Right-hander Ivan Nova (5-6, 4.50 ERA) will start the series for the Yankees. Nova is coming off two straight losses and gave up seven runs in a loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

The hapless Red Flops will counter with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (7-5, 4.39 ERA). Rodriguez gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings in a no-decision last Monday against the Kansas City Royals.

Game-time will be 7:10 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast nationally by ESPN and locally by the YES Network.

 

Braves Deliver Knockout Blow

BRAVES 4, YANKEES 0

If Tuesday night’s game between the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field were akin to a boxing match, the Braves would have staggered all over the ring but still won the fight on a lucky punch.

Braves rookie phenom Tommy Hanson entered the contest with a 2-0 record and a respectable 4.06 ERA in three starts. But he also has had to pitch around a bushel of baserunners. In 17 2/3 innings he had allowed 28 batters to reach base.
Against the Yankees, the 22-year-old righty exhibited that previous form. In 5 1/3 innings, Hanson (3-0) gave up four hits, five walks, hit a batter and allowed two stolen bases. He also was a victim of an error that put another runner on base.
However, after all those jabs that rocked Hanson back on his heels, the Yankees never landed the knockout blow for which they were looking. They ended up stranding 10 runners from the second inning to the sixth.
In the second inning, Robinson Cano was hit with a pitch. After two were out, Hanson walked Melky Cabrera. Seeing Yankee starter Chien-Ming Wang on the on-deck circle, the rookie hurler decided to walk Brett Gardner to load the bases.
Wang grounded the first pitch weakly back to Hanson and the threat was over.
In the third inning, Derek Jeter led off with a double to left-center. After Nick Swisher failed to advance Jeter with another weak tapper to Hanson, Mark Teixeira walked. Hanson then struck Alex Rodriguez and retired Robinson Cano of easy fly to left.
Yet another great escape for Houdini — errrrr a . . . Hanson.
In the fourth, the Yankees got another chance when Cabrera doubled to right-center with one out. Gardner then hit a grounder to shortstop Yunel Escobar’s right. Escobar would have had no chance to get the speedy Gardner at first but he had Cabrera dead to rights advancing to third.
However, the throw ticked off Chipper Jones’ glove for an error and the Yankees were in business with runners at first and third and just one out. But Wang was up and the Yankees elected to sacrifice Gardner to second. Hanson helped the Yankees further by walking Jeter.
The inning ended, though, when Nick Swisher hit a routine grounder to Escobar. Yet another threat averted.
In the sixth inning, Gardner singled with one out. Pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui drew a walk. Braves manager Bobby Cox, who seemingly had enough of the Hanson high-wire act, then went to his bullpen for Peter Moylan, who had been struggling this season with an ERA of 4.73.
Jeter then grounded a 1-1 pitch right to Escobar and the slick-fielding shortstop turned a double play that ended the fourth threat. From there the Braves cruised like cruiserweights.
“We’re trying,” catcher Jorge Posada told MLB.com. “Offensively, we’re not clicking. We hit some balls hard at people, and when we seem to get a rally going, we’re not executing.”
The Braves offense really consisted of one lucky inning where they scored three runs after two were out. Chien-Ming Wang, who entered the game 0-5 with a 12.30 ERA, actually pitched well enough to have won the game with some support.
After striking out Hanson swinging and Nate McLouth looking, Escobar hit a shot just past A-Rod at third. Escobar then attempted to steal second. But Posada inexplicably tried to gun him down with a throw from his knees that sailed over Jeter’s head into centerfield. Escobar moved to third. (Posada also dampened the Yankees cause on offense with four strikeouts in the game — all swinging).
Wang pitched carefully and eventually walked Chipper Jones. Unfortunately for Wang two pitches cost him the game. Brian McCann hit an outside sinker to plate one run and Garrett Anderson scored two more when he golfed a sinker to right center.
“I thought he made some good pitches to McCann and he hit the ball the opposite way, and he made a good pitch to Anderson that found the gap,” Posada told MLB.com of Wang. “Other than those two pitches, that was the ballgame.”
The Braves added an “oh, by the way” run in the eighth on a home run by McCann off reliever David Robertson. And, you guessed it, the homer came with two out.
The loss was the Yankees ninth in their past 13 games. On June 8 the Yankees were leading the American League East. They now trail the Red Sox by 5 games and are in a virtual tie with the Toronto Blue Jays in second place.
MLB.com reported that Hanson was the seventh straight pitcher the Yankees faced for the first time, and it is a span they have fared 2-5 over, including 1-4 in the past five.

“We need to get hits — there’s really no secret formula,” Jeter said to MLB.com. “We’ve just got to get guys on base and score some runs, especially early, to help out our pitching staff.”

The Yankees will try to regroup Wednesday night when they send Joba Chamberlain (3-2, 3.89 ERA) against Braves rookie righty Kenshin Kawakami (4-6, 4.42 ERA). Kawakami, 33, is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in his past nine starts.

He also will be the eighth straight pitcher the Yankees have not faced before. 

In his last start Chamberlain gave up three runs in six innings against the Nationals but lost the game because the Yankees failed to score a run for him in a 3-0 defeat. Sound familiar? In their past seven games the Yankees have scored 18 runs and are 2-5. Two of the losses were shutouts.
Manager Joe Girardi hinted Tuesday night that there might be some lineup changes Wednesday in an attempt to shake the Yankees out of their offensive funk. At this point any spark for this lifeless bunch would help.
Gametime is 7:10 p.m. EDT.
NOTES . . . MLB rejected the Yankees protest of Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Florida Marlins. Girardi and the Yankees had filed a protest after Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez had intended a double switch in the top of the eighth inning. However, when pitcher Leo Nunez entered the game leftfielder Chris Coghlan remained in the game. Girardi contended that the Marlins should lose the use of Nunez but the umpires only forced new leftfielder Alejandro de Aza out of the game and allowed Gonzalez to replace him with Jeremy Hermida. The umpires also allowed Nunez’s 0-1 count to Jeter to stand. Girardi said he
was puzzled by the ruling. MLB never has shown much backbone in supporting team protests over the years so it really was no surprise . . . Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira has regained his lead over his Red Sox counterpart Kevin Youkilis in the voting for the 2009 All-Star Game. In the last vote totals announced last week, Youkilis led Teixeira by just 1,315 votes. In the current balloting Teixeira now has 35,632 more votes than Youkilis . . . Jeter leads in the voting at shortstop with a considerable lead over the Rays’ Jason Bartlett and Rangers rookie Elvis Andrus. Jeter leads all AL vote-getters with more than 2.5 million votes. The voting ends on July 2 . . . A.J. Burnett, who was suspended by Major League Baseball for six games for a June 2 incident, dropped his appeal in exchange for a reduction of the suspension to five games. He began serving the suspension Sunday. Burnett was accused of throwing at the head of Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz after Rangers starter Vicente Padilla had hit two Yankees with inside fastballs. Home plate umpire Doug Eddings warned both benches but did not eject Burnett. MLB issued the suspension a day later but surprisingly did not suspend Padilla. Because of an off day for the Yankees on Monday, Burnett will pitch Saturday against the Mets in Citi Field and there will be no disruption in the rotation this week. Burnett’s start scheduled originally for Friday will go to CC Sabathia, who will still pitch on regular rest . . . Sabathia, who left his start in the second inning on Sunday with left biceps tendinitis will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. If he feels healthy he will pitch Friday against the Mets. Sabathia told reporters that he feels fine and he expects to be able to make the start  . . . Outfielder Johnny Damon did not start a second straight game with a sore right calf. Damon has pinch-hit in the late innings in the past two games and reached both times on walks. But he was immediately replaced by pinch-runners on both occasions. Damon injured his calf on a play Saturday where he misplayed a line drive into an error. Damon hopes to start Wednesday night but is listed as day-to-day.