Yankees 1-3 Braves: Atlanta wins over New York as slump continues

Yankees' Nestor Cortes in action vs. Atlanta Braves, on June 23
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Esteban Quiñones
Sunday June 23, 2024

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New York Yankees 1-3 Atlanta Braves

The Yankees‘ struggles continued Sunday as they dropped another game to the Braves, falling 3-1 before a crowd of 46,683 at Yankee Stadium. This defeat marks their third consecutive series loss and extends a troubling stretch where they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games, including four out of the last five.

How it happened

Yankees' Alex Verdugo against Atlanta Braves, on June 23, 2024.
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The day began with disappointing news as slugger Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a hamstring strain sustained in Saturday’s game. Despite the setback, Nestor Cortes delivered a solid performance on the mound. He struck out five of the first eight batters and kept the Braves at bay until Jarred Kelenic’s two-out solo home run in the third inning. Cortes gave up two more runs in the fifth but managed to contain the Braves’ offense, finishing seven innings with seven strikeouts and just five hits allowed.

Offensively, the Yankees struggled to support Cortes’ strong outing. Braves starter Max Fried stifled their lineup, allowing just six hits over six innings. The Yankees’ only run came in the sixth inning when Trent Grisham singled and was driven home by an Anthony Volpe double. The Yankees’ offense had opportunities but couldn’t capitalize on key moments, with baserunning errors and double plays stifling their scoring chances.

In the fifth inning, New York’s rally began to show promise when Ben Rice hit a two-out single, but it fizzled quickly. The sixth inning saw a glimmer of hope as Grisham’s single and Volpe’s RBI double put a run on the board. However, the rally was cut short when Volpe was thrown out at third on a grounder by Juan Soto, followed by a double play from Alex Verdugo.

Cortes closed out his night with two more strong innings, retiring all six batters he faced. His final line was impressive, allowing three runs over seven innings. Despite his efforts, the Braves’ pitching staff, including Pierce Johnson, Joe Jiménez, and Raisel Iglesias, shut down the Yankees’ offense in the final three innings, allowing only one baserunner.

Roster

Lineup of New York Yankees on june 23, 2024

Up next

The Yankees now face a day off to regroup before starting a road trip against the Mets on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET, with Gerrit Cole making his second start of the season, aiming to turn around the Yankees’ recent fortunes

The Yanks will host the Mets for another two-game set in July.

Despite their struggles, the Yankees maintain their position at the top of the American League East, holding the best record in the majors. The upcoming Subway Series presents a crucial opportunity to regain momentum and turn their fortunes around.

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