The Yankees really need to beat up on bad teams given their current place in the standings, and that’s exactly what they’ve done in the first two games of this series with the Braves. Following Friday night’s blowout win, New York picked up a more traditional 3-1 win Saturday. The Yankees have now won two straight to keep pace with the molten hot Blue Jays.
I only saw small bits and pieces of this game — I saw the Yankees score their first run on a wild pitch and Luis Severino labor through an inefficient first inning, and then I saw Andrew Miller close the door with a perfect ninth inning, but nothing in between — so I can’t talk too intelligently about it. The Yankees scored their second and third runs on doubles by Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann, respectively.
Severino settled down after that shaky first inning — he threw more balls (seven) than strikes (six) in the first — and finished the night with six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and three walks, and struck out five. Ten of his other 13 outs came on the ground. Severino has yet to throw a pitch in the seventh inning in his big league career but that isn’t a priority right now. The Yankees will take six quality innings every time out from the rookie, and that’s what he gave them Saturday.
The Yankees actually had more walks (seven) than hits (six) offensively. Five of the six hits were doubles too — Greg Bird‘s single was the only non-extra-base hit. Carlos Beltran (two walks), McCann (double, walk), and Bird (single, walk) all reached base twice. Justin Wilson allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning, then Dellin Betances and Miller recorded the final seven outs to close things out. Nice crisp win.
Sadly, this game was marred by tragedy. A fan at Turner Field fell from the upper deck during seventh inning and landed on the concrete below. The fan was rushed to the hospital and Atlanta police later confirmed he died from his injuries. Here’s the full story. Man, that’s just awful. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the fan.
Here are the box score and video highlights for the game, and here are the updated standings and postseason odds for the season. Also make sure you check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees will try to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon. It’ll be Nathan Eovaldi against Julio Teheran in the matinee.