The Yankees were struh-guh-ling coming into this weekend interleague set, and looked to be in trouble with an undermanned, underperforming offense. Naturally that meant they were going to sweep the Braves by outscoring them 38-8 in the 3 games. They hung a 20-spot on Atlanta this afternoon to wrap things up in style. Julio Teheran is arguably the ace of the Atlanta staff, but he didn't have it at all today. The Yankees jumped on him early with 3 runs in the second on a Jacoby Ellsbury home run and 4 in the 3rd on a pair of 2-run shots by Chase Headley and Stephen Drew.
Teheran's day ended with 2 outs in the 5th, and the Yankees proceeded to pummel the Braves' bullpen again from there. Brigham got it the worst, taking it on the chin to the tune of 8 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks over just 1.1 innings. The Yanks hung 12 on the Braves in the 7th and 8th innings after Atlanta rallied to pull within 8-5 after 6. It was an absolute beatdown.
Before that, the game was a bit interesting thanks to an off day for Nathan Eovaldi. He didn't have the command inside the strike zone that he's shown his last few times out and he wasn't efficient at all with his pitch count. He tired big time in the 6th and gave up 3 runs in the inning, 5 total for the day while recording 15 outs on 103 pitches. Still struck out 7, but definitely not Eovaldi's best work.
Not that he needed it after the 7th-inning outburst. Branden Pinder did most of the late work after Shreve and Warren cleaned up Eovaldi's mess in the 6th and Bryan Mitchell worked a clean 9th. Another win and another day of rest for the bullpen A-team. You have to like that heading back to Boston.
-As a team, the Yankees had 21 hits and drew 9 walks. That's crazy.
-Big 3-3 day for Headley. He scored 3 runs, drove in 4, and fell a triple short of the cycle.
-Even bigger 4-4 day for Drew. He also scored 3 and drove in 4, he drew 2 walks, and he finished the day hitting .201. I believe that's the first time this season that he's finished a game over the Mendoza Line.
-Alex Rodriguez pinch hit in the 7th and scored 2 with a base hit up the middle. That was a good sign to see after his struggles this month. Hopefully this extended bout of rest has given him enough of a recharge for the final stretch run.