Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Yankees with a big comeback win in Atlanta to win their fifth straight

The New York Yankees defeated the Atlanta Braves by the score of 6-4. The Yankees were completely shutdown for seven innings. They struck for six runs in the eighth inning and the bullpen was able to hold it down. Alex Rodriguez was the star of the game for the Yankees. CC Sabathia started and struggled once again although he was able to battle and give them seven innings. Mike Minor pitched great but was lifted in the eighth due to pitch count. The Braves bullpen struggled and blew the game for them. 
Sabathia pitched seven innings giving up ten hits and four runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Sabathia is now 8-3 on the season as he got the win. Clay Rapada pitched an inning giving up a walk and striking out one, Rafael Soriano saved his tenth game of the season with a 1-2-3 inning including two strikeouts. Minor pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up one run on five hits, he walked one and struck out four. Jonny Venters lost his third game of the season giving up three hits and four runs with a walk without recording an out. Cory Gearrin pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a run and he struck out one and Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning walking one and striking out one.

Derek Jeter had two hits, Curtis Granderson had two hits and Mark Teixeira drew three walks. Rodriguez had a hit and four RBI, Robinson Cano had a hit and Nick Swisher had two hits and two RBI. Chris Stewart had a hit, Swisher had a double and Rodriguez had a homerun which was a grand slam. The grand slam was the 23rd of his career tying him with Lou Gehrig for most all-time. The Yankees were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Wise had a stolen base.

Michael Bourn had a hit for the Braves. Martin Prado had a hit, Brian McCann had two hits and Dan Uggla had a hit and drew two walks. Matt Diaz had a hit and three RBI, Jason Heyward had an RBI and Chipper Jones had two hits. Andrelton Simmons had two hits and drew a walk, McCann had two doubles and Diaz had a double. Uggla and Simmons each had a double. The Braves were 1-10 with runners in scoring position and they left nine men on base. Bourn had a stolen base.

Diaz hit a three run double in the first to give the Braves a 3-0 lead. The Braves extended their lead to 4-0 in the seventh on a Heyward RBI groundout. The Yankees struck in the eighth after doing basically nothing for seven innings. Rodriguez hit a grand slam and Swisher hit a two run homerun and it was 6-4 Yankees. The Yankees bullpen would hold on and that would be the final score.

The win was the Yankees fifth in a row and brought them a season high 11 games over 500. They have a record of 36-25. They are now alone in first place in the AL East one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays who lost to the New York Mets on Tuesday night. The Braves record dropped to 34-28. The Yankees will be looking for the three game sweep on Wednesday night. The Yankees will then have a day off on Thursday and play a three game weekend series in Washington against the Nationals.

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