Earning their 10th consecutive win, the New York Yankees overcame a strong Atlanta Braves team on Monday evening by a score of 5-1. The Braves were also on a nine game winning streak, so this battle represented the continuing of positive momentum or potential downfall.
However, the Yankees emerged victorious.
Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery lasted 5.0 innings, giving up just two hits and one earned run. Hosting a 3.69 ERA on the season, Montgomery recorded 75 pitches with 41 strikes. When the Yankees needed him most, Montgomery delivered, and the bullpen was equally as impressive, allowing three hits and no runs. Jonathan Loaisiga posted four strikeouts over two innings, lowering his ERA to 2.30 on the season.
Offensively, the Bombers recorded six hits, but struck out 13 times. Thanks to Giancarlo Stanton, who recorded a home run in the second inning and a two-run double in the sixth inning, the Yankees did just enough to secure victory. Only Aaron Judge, Stanton, Gary Sanchez, and Andrew Velazquez recorded hits on the evening, but Atlanta didnâ€™t do much better, recording five hits.
The Yankees have managed to supplement injuries over the past few weeks, especially with starter Clint Frazier dealing with migraines and loss of vision this season.
Frazier was placed on the ten-day injured list on July 2 and transferred to the 60 day injured list on August 16. He is eligible to be activated on August 30, but thereâ€™s a possibility he could be done for the season. Frazier pulled himself from rehabilitation start in Double-A ball about nine days ago, and hasnâ€™t continued his assignment.
Since leaving the Yankees on June 30, Clint has played just three games at the minor-league level and is still undergoing tests to diagnose dizziness. This could be dating back to a concussion he suffered several years ago.
In more positive news, starting third baseman Gio Urshela could return to the team this week against Oakland. The Yankees have one more game against Atlanta on Tuesday evening before traveling to the West Coast to take on the A’s.
Skipper Aaron Boone stated that Urshela could be available this week, as he posted three hits on four at-bats with Somerset on Sunday. He will play one more rehab game before being activated, and hopefully his left hamstring injury remains strong.