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New York Yankees Shut Out the Atlanta Braves in Tampa

March 9th, 2012 at 3:31 PM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees defeated the Atlanta Braves at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa by the score of 3-0.


Freddy Garcia started for the Yankees and looked good getting the Braves in order in the top of first. The Bombers broke through in the bottom of the inning when Derek Jeter led off with an infield single and Nick Swisher drove him home with an RBI double off the left field wall.

Garcia pitched much better then he had in his first outing and his final line was three innings, one hit, no runs, two strikeouts and one walk. Freddy is battling for a rotation position and being the ultimate professional he told Jack Curry of the YES Network, "If I have to go to the bullpen, I can pitch there too." Freddy barely hits 86 mph on his pitches, but the veteran depends on his cunning and guile to get batters out. 

Julio Teheran the starter for Atlanta went three innings, gave up three hits, one run, one walk and three strikeouts. Teheran has the velocity throwing as hard as 96 mph, but his location needs some work. In his last start against the Detroit Tigers he gave up six home runs.

In the top of the fourth inning Andruw Jones and Curtis Granderson ran into each other on a pop up to left field. Jones seemed to lose sight of the ball and Granderson made the catch tumbling to the ground, thankfully nobody was injured on the play. 

Joe Girardi in his in-game interview with YES said,"Manny Banuelos has the stuff, but sometimes is a little to fine and he needs to pitch more to contact." Banuelos came into pitch the fifth and sixth innings and the young left hander gave up two hits, no runs, struck out three and gave up no walks. Banuelos not only hit 96 mph on his fastball, but featured an excellent curve ball.

The Yankees extended their lead to, 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. After Jeter walked and advanced to third on a Granderson single, Cano hit a sacrifice fly to center field allowing Jeter to score.

Pitchers from both clubs dominated till the bottom of the seventh when with two outs Doug Bernier got a hustle double and came home on a single by Melky Mesa, making the lead 3-0.

Garcia picked up the win and Teheran took the loss for the Braves. The Yankees snapped their four game losing streak with the victory.

Yankee Game Notes

David Robertson was interviewed by Jack Curry of YES during the game telecast. Robertson told Curry, "I haven't heard anything yet from the doctors, there is no swelling today the foot is just a little tender when standing on it." Robertson said right now it's just a foot sprain and he believes if he is cleared by the doctors he could come back by Monday or Tuesday.

After that interview Jack Curry reported at the end of the game that Robertson has a bone bruise and should be back by next week. Good news for David and the Yankees.

Martin had a great game f or the Yankees pouncing on ball in front of the plate in the third and throwing a runner out at first, getting a double and stealing a base. Jeter was on base twice and scored each time.    

New York used six pitchers in the game and they all pitched well. After Garcia the pitchers were Rafael Soriano, Manny Banuelos, D.J. Mitchell, Juan Cedeno and Kevin Whelan.

Tomorrow the two teams meet again this time at Champion Stadium in Orlando. The starters for tomorrow will be Michael Pineda for the Bombers and Jair Jurrjens for the Braves in a 1:05 pm start.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Freddy Garcia, Julio Teheran, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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