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Yankees Complete Sweep Of Braves With 20-6 Win

Brian McCann returned back to Atlanta this weekend, but this time as a member of the Yankees. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Brian McCann returned back to Atlanta this weekend, but this time as a member of the Yankees.
(Gabe Rodriguez)

The New York Yankees’ bats were competitive all weekend at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves but on Sunday afternoon 21 hits and 20 runs later, the Yanks completed the three game sweep and stayed with a game and a half of the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League East.

In the top of the second the Yankees got on the board with a three run homer on a fly ball to right field. Chase Headley then helped the Yanks increased their lead with a two run homerun on a fly ball to center with Greg Bird on base for the 5-0 lead. Didi Gregorius then walked and was followed by a two run homerun by Stephen Drew, who went 4 for 4 on the day, on a fly ball to right field.

Yankees’ starter Nathan Eovaldi struggled in the bottom of the third, allowing two runs by the Braves. The first a RBI single by Freddie Freeman on a fly ball to left to send home Nick Markakis and the second a RBI single by A.J. Pierzynski on a sharp ground ball to left to send home Nick Swisher.

With a 7-2 ballgame in the fifth, the Braves walked Stephen Drew to send Greg Bird home to tack on another run. Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (ERA 4.62) pitched just four and one third innings allowing eight runs on nine hits; walking three and striking out four; he was charged with the loss and fell to (9-7) on the season.

In the bottom of the sixth, Eovaldi struggled again allowing a single to Adonis Garcia and then a double by Jace Peterson on a fly ball to center to put runners in scoring position. A two run single by Andrelton Simmons then sent both runners home and chased Eovaldi after 5+ innings allowing five runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out seven, but would be enough for the win, as he advances to an impressive 14-2 on the season.

Adam Warren (ERA 3.19) relieved Eovaldi but allowed two hits in two outs and it would take Chasen Shreve (ERA 1.95) to get the Yankees’ final out of the sixth inning.

In the seven with one out, Chase Headley walked and then Didi Gregorius was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.  Stephen Drew then loaded the bases with a line drive to right field. The Yankees then sent Alex Rodriguez to the plate as a pinch-hitter  and he hit a two run single on a ground ball to center fielder. With a 10-5 lead, the Yankees’ bats continued to just explode. A RBI single by Brett Gardner then sent home Drew and advanced Rodriguez to second and he was then replaced by pinch-runner Chris Young. Carlos Beltran then loaded the bases with a single by a ground ball and Brian McCann hit a two run single on a line drive to left for a 13-5 ballgame. But, it didn’t stop there as Greg Bird hit a RBI double on a line drive to center and was followed by a two run double by Chase Headley to make it 16-5. New York then continued to bat through the lineup again as Gregorius walked and Drew would rack up another RBI with a single on a line drive to send Headley home for a score of 17-5.

Rookie reliever Branden Pinder (ERA 2.70) pitched the seventh and eighth innings allowing just one run on two hits; walking three and striking out three. Pinder not only made an appearance on the mound but at the plate as well as he took his first major league at-bat, and he made it count as he also got his first career Major League hit as he hit a double on a line drive to center on a first pitch 91mph fastball.

The New York Yankees will now go to Fenway Park for a three game series against the Boston Red Sox starting on Monday.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
Bethany Cohen