Well there you go. Who knew that all the Yankees needed to wake up the offense was remove the DH from the lineup and replace him with a pitcher? The Yankee beat up Atlanta starter Williams Perez early for 9 runs in the first 2 innings and stretched the game into a laugher late with 6 runs in the final 2 innings to take the first game of this interleague weekend set. Didi Gregorius led the offense with a 4-hit night and 6 RBI. His 3-run home run in the top of the 1st stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0, and his 2-run single in the 2nd capped off a 4-run inning to make it 9-2.
Masahiro Tanaka looked shaky in the bottom of the 1st, giving back 2 of the runs that the Yankees had scored. But he came back with a 1-2-3 2nd inning on all strikeouts and ended up throwing 7 innings of 3-run ball. It probably wasn't good enough for Andrew Marchand, but it was plenty good enough for me.
- 4-5 with a homer and 6 RBI. This was easily the best offensive game of Didi's career.
- Brian McCann went 1-2 with 3 R scored, 4 RBI, and 3 BB. His one hit was a home run.
- Chris Young hit his first home run since August 4th late in the game.
- Bryan Mitchell made his return to game action by closing out the 8th inning and working the 9th. He surrendered a run on 2 hits and a walk, so there might be a little rust and/or nerves to shake off. But it's still amazing that he's back on the mound less than 2 weeks after taking that liner to the face.