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Yankees 8 Braves 5 | Yanks hold off the Braves and hold on to win

Stacey Gotsulias

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If you split Tuesday night’s game into two games, the Yankees did great in the first game. They scored a bunch and kept the Braves off the board until the fifth inning. In the second game, the Braves nearly stole one from the Yankees.

The Yankees had a 6-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth, but Domingo German who had kept the Braves from scoring ran into some trouble. He walked John Camargo to open the inning and got Dansby Swanson to strikeout but gave up back-to-back home runs to Ender Inciarte, and Ozzie Albies and the Braves were right back in it with the score 6-3. German seemed to lose it completely surrendering back-to-back doubles to Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis and Aaron Boone

Turning Point:

In the eighth inning, after Adam Warren gave up back-to-back singles to Camargo and Swanson, Boone retrieved him and brought in Chasen Shreve. There was one out, runners on first and second and the Braves had a chance to not only tie the game but pull ahead. Shreve who has had a few rough outings this season struck out Inciarte and got Albies to ground out to third to end the inning. The score remained 6-5, and when Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame, the Yankees had some breathing room.

Three Takeaways:

—A.J. Cole did an excellent job coming in and shutting down the Braves’ batters. His only blemish was a single to Ronald Acuna. He had four strikeouts in his 1 1/3 innings of work.

—The Yankees need to do something about Neil Walker. He’s not hitting, and he left another four guys on base. While Greg Bird isn’t hitting the cover off the ball, he can at least run into one and hit it out of the park. Walker? Not so much.

—Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Hicks really like hitting home runs. Higashioka became just the third Yankee to hit a home run as his first two career hits. The last time that happened was when Alfonso Soriano did it on September 24, 1999, and April 8, 2000. As for Hicks, it seems that when his job was threatened his started hitting home runs. Hey, whatever it takes, right?

Player(s) of the game:

I’ll give this to both Cole and Shreve. Cole did an excellent job of quieting the Braves’ bats, and Shreve got two big outs when things could have easily fallen apart for the Yankees.

Stacey Gotsulias is a writer based in New York. She currently writes for BP Bronx and is an author of Baseball Prospectus. You can follow her on Twitter @StaceGots.

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