New York Yankees Series Review: Braves
The Braves took the first game in the series, but the Yanks powered through games two and three to win the series against the young talented Braves.
This series could very well be for a World Series Championship within the next 3-5 years. The pure raw young talent on either team is evident, and here to stay. Ozzie Albies, Gleyber Torres, Acuña, Severino, Newcomb, Judge, and Swanson are just a few to name that are the youngin’s, and then add Freeman, Stanton, Inciarte, Chapman, Markakis, and Gardner, both of these teams are good, and will be for a while.
Game one sent Anibal Sanchez to the mound for the Braves, and the Yanks countered with Jonathan Loaisiga. Aaron Judge started the show with a ball that just snuck over the fence, but nonetheless put the Stripes up 1-0. Johan Camargo would go deep in the 3rd to tie it and then Gleyber Torres would score off of a wild pitch in the bottom of that inning to go up 2-1, before a pair of doubles from Suzuki and Acuña would boost the Braves lead 3-2. Loaisiga would last only 4 innings, allowing 3 to score and only punching out 3. Didi hit a sac fly on the 5th to tie the game 3 all, and it would stay that way until the young phenom Ronald Acuña would take the veteran David Robertson deep in the 11th inning to score the go-ahead 2 runs, that would propel the Braves to victory in the Bronx. 54-28.
Game two was more so in the Yankees favor, although starter Domingo German struggled.. again. Lasting 4 1/3 inning giving up 3 earned and walking 3, the Yanks called on their offense and bullpen for help, and they answered the call. Aaron Hicks started early, and went deep in the first, Higashioka went deep in the second, Drury, and Higashioka walked with the bases loaded in the third, and Gardner scored on a wild pitch in the 4th to jump out to an early 6-0 lead. But the Braves weren’t going down without a fight, Inciarte and Albies homered in the 5th, and old man Markakis joined in on the home run festivities in the 7th, cutting the lead to 6-5. Stanton put a damper on things for the Braves, hitting a bomb in the bottom of the 8th to put things out of reach. A.J. Cole would get the win out of relief, in a dominate performance, working only 1 2/3 inning, but punching out 4 to just 1 hit. 55-28.
Somehow some way, CC Sabathia is finding ways to get it done. 6 innings pitched, 2 earned, 5 K’s. That’s all the Yanks needed. Greg Bird singled in the 2nd to start the scoring, and then Stanton hit a three run shot in the 3rd to give CC some cushion in the 3rd. Higashioka went deep again, he now has 3 major league hits, and they are all homeruns. Judge homered later in the game, and the Yanks rolled to a 6-2 victory, and took the series over NL East Braves (49-36). 56-28.