Schmidt’s black night allows Braves cruise past Yankees 11-3

John Allen
Monday August 14, 2023

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New York Yankees 3, Atlanta Braves 11

ATLANTA — Max Fried yielded two runs during his inaugural home start in over three months, while Nicky Lopez made a significant impact with three hits and three RBIs while filling in. As a result, the Atlanta Braves triumphed over the New York Yankees with a commanding 11-3 victory on Monday night.

Eddie Rosario contributed four runs by notching three hits, among them a two-run home run, as part of Atlanta’s impressive 15-hit offensive onslaught.

Occupying the bottom spot in the AL East, New York finds itself in the midst of a three-game losing streak. The Yankees (60-59), a team that has consistently reached the playoffs since 2016, started the evening trailing by five games in the race for the final wild card position in the AL.

Fried (4-1) surrendered eight hits over six-plus innings during his initial home appearance since May 5. Making a comeback from a 60-day stint on the injured list due to a left forearm strain, he rejoined the lineup on Aug. 4, following a 70-game absence, and conceded a total of four runs in two away games.

Lopez, in his last two starts, has amassed a total of eight RBIs. He secured a two-run single in the second inning against Clarke Schmidt (8-7) and then added another run with a single during Atlanta’s four-run third inning.

Lopez put on a remarkable performance, accumulating four hits which featured a home run, and he impressively brought in five runs. Notably, he also showcased his versatility by delivering a scoreless inning as a reliever in Atlanta’s dominant 21-3 victory against the Mets during the opening game of a doubleheader sweep on Saturday.

In the eighth inning, Eddie Rosario added the final touch to Atlanta’s scoring by launching a two-run homer off Albert Abreu.

Lopez stepped into the role of shortstop in place of Orlando Arcia on Saturday, and he was called upon to play second base on Monday night due to Ozzie Albies’ absence caused by a sore hamstring – marking the first instance he missed a start this season.

On July 30, the Braves made a trade, acquiring Lopez from Kansas City in exchange for left-hander Taylor Hearn.

In the opening inning, Austin Riley blasted a home run, while Eddie Rosario contributed a pair of hits, one of which was a clutch two-run single during the third inning.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa displayed his prowess at the plate with three hits and an RBI for New York. In the ninth inning, Anthony Volpe‘s triple off Joe Jiménez allowed Billy McKinney, who had walked as a pinch-hitter, to score.

Schmidt’s impressive stretch of 14 consecutive starts, during which he allowed three runs or less, came to an abrupt halt within the span of just two innings. During his inaugural encounter with the Braves, he surrendered a career-high eight runs and nine hits in a mere 2 1/3 innings. It’s noteworthy that Schmidt, originally from Acworth, Georgia, which is roughly 20 miles away from Truist Park, used to be a fervent supporter of the Braves while growing up in the area.


For Tuesday night’s game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed that right-handed pitcher Luis Severino (2-7, 8.06) will take the mound in a standard starting role, without the use of an opener. He will be facing off against Braves right-hander Bryce Elder (8-4, 3.64).

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