Yankees 1-8 Braves: Yankees drop four games in a row

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón watches a two-run home run by Atlanta Braves’ Matt Olson during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York.
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New York Yankees 1-8 Atlanta Braves

The New York Yankees had a tough night in Atlanta on Friday. Ozzie Albies immediately set the tone, hitting a two-run homer off the first pitch from Carlos Rodón. The Braves’ dominance didn’t stop there, as Austin Riley and Matt Olson each added home runs, cementing Atlanta’s control. The Yankees, continuing their recent struggles, could muster only one run, ultimately losing 8-1.

The New York Yankees are experiencing a significant downturn. Chris Sale, securing his first victory against them since 2018, dealt a heavy blow to their recent form. The left-hander’s commanding performance contributed to the Yankees’ fifth loss in six games.

Pitching has been a major issue for New York. During this rough patch, they’ve allowed a total of 32 runs to the Braves and Orioles. By the fourth inning of their latest game, the Yankees matched a team record from June 1940, having given up runs in 13 of their last 14 innings, including nine consecutive innings. These pitching troubles are jeopardizing the Yankees’ position, putting them at risk of falling behind the Orioles into second place in the AL East.

Yankees’ Woes Deepen: Rodón Falters, Sale Dominant

The New York Yankees endured a tough night in Atlanta. Carlos Rodón, who had been riding a seven-game winning streak, saw his fortunes reverse dramatically. After the first inning, Rodón’s frustration was evident, and his performance suffered accordingly. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) over just 3 2/3 innings, including a worrisome seven extra-base hits. This outing pushed his ERA up to 3.86 after back-to-back difficult starts.

The Atlanta Braves maintained their strong form against the Yankees. They capitalized on Rodón’s fastballs for their first five hits, extending their winning streak to four games. Over their last four encounters with the Yankees, the Braves have outscored them by an overwhelming 26-4.

Compounding the Yankees’ troubles, Chris Sale, now with the Braves, delivered an outstanding performance against his former team. Sale held the Yankees to one run and one hit over five innings, striking out eight, and securing the win.

Yankees Offense Goes Silent Again

The New York Yankees’ offensive struggles persisted in a lopsided defeat to the Atlanta Braves. Chris Sale, the former Boston ace now with Atlanta, proved nearly untouchable. Both Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, formidable hitters, struck out twice against Sale. Judge’s career strikeout tally against him rose to 18 in just 30 at-bats, while Soto has fanned six times in seven at-bats.

Meanwhile, Atlanta’s offense was in full swing. Austin Riley homered twice, extending his hot streak with 12 hits (including four homers and four doubles) in his last 22 at-bats. Contributions also came from Jarred Kelenic (RBI single), Ramón Laureano (RBI double), and Matt Olson (two-run homer). Laureano, in particular, had a standout night with three doubles.

The Yankees’ sole highlight was a scoreless performance by reliever Yoendrys Gómez, recently called up from Triple-A. Phil Bickford also made his Yankees debut, securing two outs. Despite their efforts, the team’s meager offensive production, matching a season-low of just three hits, overshadowed any positives.

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Up Next

Marcus Stroman is set to start for the Yankees this Saturday night, facing a challenging matchup. On the mound for the Braves will be Charlie Morton, who holds a 4-3 record with a 3.91 ERA.

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