That’s it. That’s the tweet. That’s the article. That’s the Yankee offense. That’s the doubleheader sweep. Two 7-inning games that went by like ‘that’, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon into the evening in Atlanta.
In the first game, Gerrit Cole was on the mound and he seemed in command, striking out a lot of guys — 9 thru 5 innings — but was touched up for some homers — by centerfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.in the 1st, by shortstop Dansby Swanson in the 3rd (a 345-foot fly ball with a man on for a 2-run homer), and then a 465-foot shot by Marcell Ozuna later in the 3rd. And that was the old ballgame.
Atlanta rookie Ian Anderson was pitching a no hitter through 5 innings, then got touched for the homerun by Luke Voit in the 6th to make it 4-1.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 26, 2020
In the bottom of the 6th, Cole allowed 2 runners and was relieved by Luis Cessa, who allowed an RBI double to make it 5-1, then got tough to strike out 2 and get a groundout to keep the score at 5-1. But the Yanks offered nothing in the bottom of the 7th against former Yank Shane Greene, who pitched a shutout inning and that was it — 7 inning game.
Yanks got 2 hits — the homer by Voit and a single by Brett Gardner.
In the second game, the Yanks were up against young Atlanta fireballer Max Fried, a 26-yr-old 6’4″ lefty who came in at 4-0. Masahiro Tanaka was on the mound for the Yanks and it was looking good — Tanaka outdueling Fried and the Yanks up 1-0 on a Tyler Wade sacrifice fly in the 5th.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 27, 2020
But in the bottom of the 6th of the 7-inning game, 1st baseman Freddie Freeman hit a 2-run homer off Chad Green and that was the old ballgame. A complete reversal of fortune. Fried got the win to go 5-0 1.35.
With the losses, the Yanks drop to 16-11 and are now 2.5 games behind 21-11 Tampa.
Miguel Andujar got 2 hits in the 2nd game; finally breaking out of his season-long slump due to him barely getting playing time and being brought back and forth between the Yanks and the ‘alternate site’. Aaron Judge played for the first time in two weeks in the second game and went 1-3 and Gary Sanchez went 1-1 as a pinch hitter.