Yankees 8-3 Braves: Captain leads from the front to Stem slide

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John Allen
Saturday June 22, 2024

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New York Yankees 8-3 Atlanta Braves

Aaron Judge maintained his scorching form, smashing his major league-leading 28th home run to lead the New York Yankees to an 8-3 triumph over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. The victory was bittersweet, however, as slugger Giancarlo Stanton left the game with a left hamstring injury.

Judge solidified his status as the RBI leader, driving in three runs to bring his major league total to 70. Teammate Juan Soto also had a stellar night, reaching base four times with a single and three walks. Marcus Stroman delivered an impressive pitching performance, earning his fifth win in six decisions. This victory was pivotal for the Yankees (52-27), who had been struggling after dropping five of their last six games.

Stanton Exits with Hamstring Tightness

Judge and the Yankees’ offense found their rhythm again with a win over the Braves, though the victory was marred by a potential injury concern.

Giancarlo Stanton, enjoying a comeback season, doubled off the center-field wall in the fourth inning. However, while rounding third base on a Gleyber Torres double, Stanton winced and appeared to aggravate an issue with his left hamstring. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning, and the Yankees announced that the often-injured slugger would undergo imaging tests on Sunday to assess the severity of the hamstring tightness.

Stanton has been a crucial player for the Yankees this season, participating in 69 of their first 79 games and hitting .246 with 18 home runs and 45 RBIs. His potential absence could be a significant setback for the team’s lineup.

Boone Ejected After Stroman’s Seventh-Inning Scuffle

The Yankees’ victory over the Braves on Saturday night was overshadowed by a late-game incident involving manager Aaron Boone.

In the top of the seventh inning, Marcus Stroman reacted negatively to a ball four call on a pitch to Marcell Ozuna. The situation escalated as Stroman expressed his displeasure to the home plate umpire, which ignited a passionate response from Boone in the dugout. Boone’s animated protest led to his ejection by umpire Derek Thomas. This was Boone’s fourth ejection of the season and the 37th of his career as the Yankees’ manager.

On the mound, Stroman allowed a solo home run to Ozuna in the first inning but otherwise contained the Braves offense. He pitched into the seventh inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings.

Yankees Overcome Early Deficit

Yankees overcame an early deficit to secure a victory on Saturday night. Judge continued his impressive season by hitting a pivotal home run that gave the Yankees the lead.

After Soto drew a walk, Judge launched a home run off Charlie Morton (4-4) in the bottom of the third inning, putting the Yankees ahead 2-1. This was Judge’s 22nd home run in just 42 games, underscoring his exceptional offensive performance. He also contributed with a run-scoring double play in the third inning and a bases-loaded walk during the Yankees’ three-run rally in the sixth.

The Yankees saw key contributions from other players as well. Oswaldo Cabrera delivered a crucial two-run single, and Trent Grisham added a solo home run to left field in the seventh inning.

On the mound, Stroman had a solid outing, despite allowing a two-run homer to Travis d’Arnaud. He pitched into the seventh inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks.

This victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Yankees (52-27) and halted the momentum of a hot Atlanta team (42-32) that had won seven of their previous eight games. Atlanta’s pitching staff struggled with control, issuing a season-high eight walks, including five by Charlie Morton, who lasted only 5 2/3 innings.

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Up Next

Nestor Cortes is set to pitch for the Yankees in today’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves. The left-hander enters the game with a 4-5 record and a respectable 3.36 ERA, aiming to maintain his recent strong performances. On the opposing side, Atlanta will send Max Fried to the mound. Fried has a 6-3 record and a 3.11 ERA, setting the stage for an exciting pitching duel.

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