The New York Yankees shutout the Atlanta Braves, 3-0 at Turner Field. You almost thought you were in Yankee stadium with the New York fans chanting let's go Yankees drowning out the Braves' fans tomahawk chop. The Bronx Bombers didn't disappoint taking the first game in this three game set.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova garnered his AL best eighth win of the season going seven innings allowing five hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Nova threw 107 pitches which 61 were for strikes and had total command of his fastball and breaking pitch. Nova went 1-for-3 getting his first major league hit, a single in the second. Nova has now thrown two great back-to-back games and won his last four starts.
New York's patient hitters made the Braves young right hander Randall Delgado work hard throwing 110 pitches in just five innings.
Robinson Cano singled in the first run of the game in the first after an Alex Rodriguez double. Raul Ibanez homered in the second making it 2-0. In the third the Yankees loaded the bases and with Nick Swisher at the plate Delgado threw a wild pitch which scored Rodriguez from third.
The Yankees made some fine defensive plays in this game. Nova stabbed a line drive in the bottom of the third and doubled up Jason Heyward at first with a fine scoop by Mark Teixeira. In the fourth Swisher took a home run away from Brian McCann with a leaping catch against the right field wall and Cano made a great pick and throw on a tough grounder by Freddie Freeman.
Manager Joe Girardi emptied the bullpen over the last two innings mixing and matching using four relievers. Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada, Corey Wade and Boone Logan got the final six outs to secure the victory.
The down note in this game was the continued failings of the Yankees' offense to knock in runs with the bases loaded. New York was 1-for-8 with RISP and left the bases loaded in the third and seventh innings.
Game two will be tomorrow at 7:05 p,m, with two left handers scheduled, CC Sabathia for the Yankees and Mike Minor for the Braves.
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