Bryce Elder hasn't been the best for the Atlanta Braves since the All-Star break but he hoped to take advantage of a struggling Yankees team to get back on track.
He did just that as he was able to last 7 innings allowing just one hit on 94 pitches. He struck out 3 batters but did still struggle with walks as he issued 3 of them in the game.
However, we will focus on the positives as Elder was much more effective at locating most of his pitches and finishing off batters in two-strike counts. There were plenty of ground balls to go around and the Braves turned 4 double plays on Tuesday night as well.
Luis Severino pitched for New York and he has struggled mightily in the first inning. Unlucky for him, he was facing the best team in all of baseball in the first inning. The team wasted no time putting that on display as Marcell Ozuna blasted a 3-run homer to center field t give Atlanta an early 3-0 lead.
That Ozuna homer extended his hit streak to 13 games as he continues his amazing work. He has been hitting well so far in the month of August as he is batting .291 through 15 total games played.
Severino settled in a bit in the second and third innings but Ronald Acuna Jr launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to put the Braves up 5-0. Severino finished the inning but his day was done after four innings of work.
The Yankees bullpen was able to keep the Braves at five runs for the remainder of the game. As for the Braves bullpen, they did a great job as well. A.J. Minter and Kirby Yates combined for two scoreless innings allowing 2 walks and striking out one batter between the two of them.
This was a great all-around game for the Braves and they have now won a series against both New York teams. The series finale will take place on Wednesday night at 7:20 PM EST and Charlie Morton will start for the Braves. The San Francisco Giants come to town after that and start a 3-game series with Atlanta on Friday.