The Yankees have missed something important the last two weeks: offense. It finally came through in a big way. The bombers had their first 10 hit game since a 15-0 beat down of the NY Mets on June 14 – a stretch of 8 games.
On Wednesday night in Atlanta, it didn’t look like they were going to muster much offense. Through 5 innings, the team didn’t even have a base runner. Then the Yankees got the spark they needed. In the top of the sixth inning, Brett Gardner, aka the fastest kid alive, was thrown out at first after taking a big lead. It initially looked like he got back in time, and replays confirmed it. Skipper Joe Girardi went out to speak the ump and was tossed. That act seemed to fire up the team.
Francisco Cervelli smacked a homer to put the Yankees on the board, and they barely looked back. After Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira loaded the bases, Alex Rodriguez got a hit in a clutch situation for the first time in what feels like 3 months, scoring Jeter and Damon giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
They never gave up the lead after that and held off a Braves rally to win the game 8-4 and give Joba Chamberlain his 4th win of the season.
Johnny Damon finished 3-5 and scored two runs, Tex finished 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI and Nick Swisher and Cervelli smacked homers for the Yankees. The team finishes its three-game series in Atlanta Thursday night. It will be the last time these two teams face each other in the regular season for another 3 years.