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Long Ball Dominates in New York Yankees Loss to Atlanta Braves

June 20th, 2012 at 8:12 PM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees lost their second game in a row to the Atlanta Braves, 10-5 in the rubber match of the three game set at Yankee Stadium.

Phil Hughes was on the hill for the Bronx Bombers and didn't have his good fastball, so instead of pop-ups and swings and misses four of them were launched out of the yard. Hughes only went 4 1/3 innings giving up six runs on six hits striking out five and no walks. Location was a problem early after getting two outs Hughes gave up a a pair of singles and a three run homer to Freddie Freeman in the first. The next three homers were by Martin Prado in the third, Jason Heyward in the fourth and David Ross in the fifth, all solo shots. Hughes would throw just 87 pitches before being relieved in the fifth by Clay Rapada. The Yankees' bullpen which has been very good this year gave up the final four runs. Corey Wade, Boone Logan and Freddy Garcia were included in the Braves 11 hit attack. 

The Yankees hit their share of bombs as well, all solo shots, starting with Derek Jeter getting the first one in the bottom of the first and Eric Chavez getting the second shot in the fifth. Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano would hit back-to-back jacks in the sixth, which would knock Braves' starter Tommy Hanson out of the game. Hanson gave up four runs on five hits walked two and struck out five in his five innings of work.

Heyward would be the hitting star for Atlanta getting two home runs the solo shot and a two run blast in the eighth off of Logan.

Once again the RISP has haunted New York all year and after going 2-for-11 in yesterday's loss that trend continued in the matinee today going 1-for-4. Strong starting pitching and the long ball has diverted attention from the lack of timely hitting during the 10 game winning streak. Needless to say it was magnified in these past two losses.

New York got only eight hits, two of them by Cano.

Thursday is an off day for the Yankees before heading to Citi Field this weekend to play the New York Mets. 

The pitching matchups will be as follows with the Yankees listed first. Friday night Andy Pettitte vs John Niese, Saturday night Ivan Nova vs Chris Young and Sunday night on ESPN it will be CC Sabathia vs R.A. Dickey.

Bomber Bits

The nine home runs combined by both teams was the most hit in the new Yankee Stadium ever.

Alex Rodriguez's solo home run in the sixth inning this afternoon accounted for the the 1,925th RBI of his career, surpassing Jimmie Foxx for sixth place all-time in Major League history. 

Mark Teixeira didn't start because of a line drive he took off his heal in last night's contest. Teixeira did have a pinch hit double in the eighth and stayed in the game to play the ninth inning.

Right-hander David Aardsma took a step toward his Yankees debut on Tuesday, when he started and pitched a scoreless inning for the Gulf Coast League Yankees. He walked one and struck out two 


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Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Derek Jeter, Jason Heyward, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Phil Hughes

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