Tonight the New York Yankees started a short two-game series with the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia. This after winning nine games in a row and becoming the winningest baseball team in baseball. They are 26-8 since July 17th. Just 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East. Now they face the first-place team in the NL East. The Yankees put Jordan Montgomery on the mound to face the Braves Huascar Ynoa. The Yankees hoped to do quick work out of this series before going on to a west coast swing. The Yankees won their 10th in a row 5-1.
In the first inning, Ynoa faced DJ LeMahieu, who struck out looking. Anthony Rizzo flew out to left field. Aaron Judge singled for his 15th game in a row on base. Judge stole second. The Yankees have more stolen bases in the second half than any team in baseball. Joey Gallo went down on strikes leaving one on base. At the bottom, Ozzie Albies ground out on the first Montgomery pitch. Jorge Soler walked. Freddie Freeman hit into a force out at second. Austin Riley struck out swinging for the final out of the inning. No score.
Giancarlo Stanton led the second, who homered to right field for the early Yankee lead in the game. Gary Sanchez ground out to short Rougie Odor popped out to right-center. Andrew Velazquez went down looking, but the Yankees got a run in the inning. At the bottom, Dansby Swanson got a run tying home run to right. Adam Duvall flew out to Stanton in right. William Contreras walked. Guillermo Heredia flew out to a running Joey Gallo for the second out. Huascar Ynoa struck out swinging. New York Yankees 1 Atlanta Braves 1.
Pitcher Jordan Montgomery led off the third inning by going out swinging. LeMahieu ground out to left. Rizzo went down on strikes for a quick inning for Ynoa. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Braves. Albies flew out to Stanton in right. Soler flew out to a running Judge in center. Freeman ground out to first to end the scoreless inning, a 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. Yankees 1 Braves 1.
The fourth inning was led off by Aaron Juge, who ground out to short. Joey Gallo went down swinging. Stanton struck out for a quick inning for Ynoa. At the bottom, Riley ground out to short. Swanson flew out to short. Duvall walked. Contreras struck out. The bottom of the inning was scoreless for the Yankees.
The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. Jordan Montgomery went five full innings allowing two hits and one run.
At the top of the sixth, LeMahieu singled. Rizzo struck out. Judge flew out to shallow center. Gallo walked bringing up Stanton with two on and two outs; he got a two-run double, scoring LeMahieu and Gallo for the two-run lead by the Yankees. Stanton, with his homer in the second, had scored all the runs in the game. Sanchez struck out swinging, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. At the bottom, Riley against Jonathan Loaisgia struck out swinging. Swanson went down on strikes. Duvall singled to left. With one on and two outs, Contreras ground out to Velazques, who flipped to second for the final out. New York Yankees 3 Atlanta Braves 1.
In the seventh inning, Odor led off against new Braves pitcher AJ Minter by going down swinging. Velazquez flew out to the warning track in from of the bullpen. Then, Brett Gardner that replaced Judge in center went down on strikes. Heredia led off the bottom of the seventh by tapping back to Loaisiga. Joc Pederson pinch-hitting for the pitcher tapped into Sanchez’s glove for out number two. Albies struck out swinging. Yankees 3 Braves 1.
DJ LeMahieu led off the eighth inning again Edgar Santana and flew out to center. Rizzo ground out to second. Judge got a base hit to left. Gallo walked. A balk moved the runners up. Luke Voit pinch-hitting for Loaisgia walked the bases loaded for Sanchez. Sanchez facing new Braves pitcher Jessie Chavez and singled to left with the bases loaded and two outs, scoring both Judge and Gallo for the Yankees 4 run lead. Odor flew out to center to end the half. At the bottom Soler with Wandy Peralta on the mound, singled to center. Freeman hit into a 5-6-3 double play. Riley doubled to right-center. Swanson stuck out swinging. New York Yankees 5 Braves 1.
The top of the ninth inning was led off by Velazquez, who lined out to left field. Gardner went down looking. LeMahieu walked. Rizzo struck out swinging. At the bottom, with closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Duvall was called out on strikes. Contreras ground out to Velazquez at short for the second out. Heredia ground out to short to end the game and get the Yankees their 10th win in a row.
The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Atlanta Braves 1. The winning pitcher was Jordan Montgomery, and the loser was Huascar Ynoa.