The Yanks kept pace with Boston, staying one game back (56-28, .667 winning pct., the Red Sox are 59-29, .670; with four less games, the Yanks would have to go 3-1 in those for a tie) by beating Atlanta 6-2, but had to put rookie sensation Gleyber Torres on the 10 day DL. The expectation and hope is that Gleyber comes back for the Subway Series against the Mets starting July 20.
It’s a hip injury.
Neil Walker and maybe Brandon Drury will man second base until Gleyber returns. Time for Walker (.188) to step up and earn his keep. He was close to a DFA before this. Tyler Wade will most likely be called from from SWB. Ronald Torreyes is away from SWB dealing with personal, family, issues.
We’ll see what happens. The Yanks were 10-9 when Gleyber made his MLB debut, and have gone 46-19 since he arrived. Some of the mediocre start you can blame on really cold weather, but you can also see the impact Gleyber had.
The Yanks got a run in the second on a double by Didi and a single by Bird.
In the third, Giancarlo Stanton hit HR #21, a 3-run shot, to make it 4-0.
Kyle Higashioka is 3 for 34 in his MLB career, but he become only the second Yankee (Alfonso Soriano) to have each of his first 3 hits be homers. HR #3 made it 5-0 in the third.
CC Sabathia gave up a run in the fifth and a solo HR in the sixth, but that was all the Braves would get on the day.
Aaron Judge closed out the scoring with HR #24 in the seventh.
Judge solo HR.
Stanton 3-Run HR.
Didi 2 hits.
Higashioka solo HR.
CC’s 243rd career win ties Juan Marichal on the all-time list.
Sabathia (W, 6-3, 3.02) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. 2 HBP. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.96
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.63
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.83