Granderson Lifts Yankees Over Braves
The Yankees (37-25) found themselves in another close and exciting game against the Atlanta Braves (34-29) on Wednesday night and again they came away with the victory, 3-2. Hiroki Kuroda did not pitch his best game getting into trouble and racking up a high pitch count but somehow managed to work his way out of trouble nearly every time. Kuroda went six innings gave up two runs on nine hits and struck out eight. The win puts Kuroda at 6-6 on the season.
The Yankees got on the board off of Atlanta starter Tim Hudson right away in the top of the first after Derek Jeter doubled to start the game and an Alex Rodriguez RBI single drove him in later in the inning. It was A-Rods 30th RBI of the season.
In the fifth inning the Braves lineup finally got to Kuroda. Martin Prado led off with a single and Brian McCann followed with a two-run shot. It was McCann’s eighth of the year.
The Yankees would answer right back in the top of the sixth inning with a two run home run of their own. Jeter again led off with a base hit and Curtis Granderson would put the Yankees on top 3-2 with his 19th home run of the season.
Tim Hudson went six innings gave up three runs on six hits and struck out a season high eight.
The Yankee bullpen was fantastic like usual this season. Boone Logan, Cody Eppley, and Rafael Soriano held the Braves scoreless through the last three innings sealing the victory. Soriano picked up his 11th save of the season.
The Yankees will not play again until Friday when they visit the Washington Nationals. Phil Hughes (6-5 4.76) starts for the Yankees while Gio Gonzalez (8-2 2.35) goes for the Nationals. Pregame starts at 6:30 first pitch at 7:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.