Bronx, N.Y., July 4, 2018; Yankees 6, Atlanta 2 — Word has been out that the Braves broadcasters have been droning on about cheap home runs to Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch (though Acuna, Jr. hit one there to beat the Yanks Monday). Chirp no more, broadcasters. Giancarlo Stanton, thankfully, put that complaint to rest in the Bombers’ 6-2 victory Wednesday afternoon.
True, Atlanta third baseman Johan Camargo unleashed a fairly deep blast of his own off a terrific CC Sabathia in the sixth, one out before, inning completed, CC retired for the day with a 5-2 lead. Sabathia, who had been stretched to 19 pitches on a single, hit by pitch, and walk in the first — he escaped on a strike out of the aforementioned Mr. Acuna — tiptoed through three baserunners over the next three, then allowed a run after a walk and single in the fifth. Camargo’s shot made it 5-2, but CC earned a much-deserved “W” in this one.
The 67/34 strikes/balls ratio is almost comically textbook-pitching precise (2-to-1 — you do the math), and five punch outs to go with 10 ground-ball outs didn’t leave the young Braves’ (considerable) lineup threats much room to break through. The only thing CC did wrong this time was abandon his brand — winning after a loss is his “thing”; he’s winning and teaching us a lesson every time he takes the mound.
Chad Green found none of his signature swings and misses in the seventh, though the outfield was glad to retire three straight after 2 opening singles. And Dellin (“Marshal” to us in the BIG fan column) mesmerized despite a two-out single; New Kid on the Block phenom Holder finished as Didi Gregorius retired Nick Markakis — a 10-year Yankee fan pest — to end the game.
Stanton unleashed his fury on the first pitch he saw off Julio Teheran in the third after having bounced out in the previous frame. Set up following a Neil Walker single and an Aaron Hicks two-out walk, Giancarlo swatted a rising liner 410 feet to right, a ball with am escape velocity of 111 mph. Yeah, I know, but it cleared the right field fence, and many a dancin’ fan. The game was actually over.
We all played along. The Braves batted six more times, and scored twice. And Higashioka and Judge homers made the point that the Yanks were not about to let this thing slip by.
So we welcome the Braves out of town, just as we did in 1996 and 1999 (and another few times). You’re a young team with explosive talent. Good luck, Nats and Phils. Disappointed in your play, Nats, this week.