Game 127 / 70-57 / 2nd / -1.5 GB : You know it’s your night when the opponent has a position player on the mound, and that’s what New York’s 15-run attack forced the Atlanta Braves to do. Didi Gregorius led the charge with a 3-run homer in the first and Brian McCann added a 3-run blast of his own in the 8th. Masahiro Tanaka went 7 strong for his 10th victory of the season, striking out 7.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 15, Braves 4
Didi Gets Yanks Rolling
McCann’s Blast Makes It 12-3
It Could Have Been a Very Different Game…
“I’ve never seen a player make that big a jump. He’s turned into a great baseball player. Offensively, defensively, running the bases. He’s been great.” ‐ Brian McCann on teammate Didi Gregorius (h/t: Bryan Hoch / MLB.com)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1951, the Milwaukee Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000 and a young pitcher named Lew Burdette, in another late-season insurance measure for the New Yorkers … (h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Happy Birthday Wishes today to a few guys in the Yankee family: The legendary Ron Guidry, who turns 65 today, and Mike Torrez, who was key to the team’s 1977 World Series Championship, turns 69, and ‘Sweet’ Lou Pinella, who celebrates his 72nd birthday…