Before I start the game recap, I'd just like to say that my thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field last night. I cannot imagine what they're going through. I'd also like to extend my thoughts to the people who witnessed it because that kind of incident can mess a person up for a while. How scary.
This game seemed like one of those contests that the Yankees would lose in annoying fashion for two reasons: 1) The first inning and how they only managed to score one run on a wild pitch after starting off with a bloop double and 2) Luis Severino was pitching and the Yankees like to not score when he's on the mound.
I'm glad that my initial feeling was wrong and that the Yankees woke up late, scored some runs and closed this one down.
First up, the aforementioned Severino. What a game by the kid. And while I realize the Braves are not an offensive juggernaut, he pitched into and out of a couple of sticky situations and showed some serious poise on the mound while doing so. Also, he nearly hit a home run in his first at bat of the night. If the game were in Yankee Stadium, he would have. Severino pitched six innings, gave up four hits, walked three and struck out five. Last night's performance helped lower his ERA to 2.17.
The offense woke up in the seventh and eighth innings. Chase Headley started things off with a double over Cameron Maybin's head and Didi Gregorius, who is having a nice series, also hit a double to score Headley. The Yankees looked like they could have a big inning brewing but Stephen Drew popped out to first, the Braves intentionally walked pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez, and then Jacoby Ellsbury struck out on three pitches and Brett Gardner struck out on a foul tip.
The Braves came back and scored a run in the bottom of the frame to cut the score to 2-1 thanks to a wonky play by Gregorius and reliever Justin Wilson, and things were looking slightly hairy for Dellin Betances with runners on first and second with two outs, but then this happened:
And I don't know if anyone else noticed but Andrew Miller seems like he's feeling better. During this past month or so, while he's been good and locking down saves, he tended to make things slightly interesting every time out. Not last night. He mowed down both Pedro Ciriaco and Nick Markakis - making the latter look silly on a sexy slider for a swinging strike three - and inducing a Maybin ground out to end the game.
The Yankees did what they needed to do last night: Win a game against a bad team. Today they go for the sweep.