Luis Severino’s second career win leads the New York Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. Despite allowing only a couple runs, Braves rookie right-hander Matt Wisler came away with the loss, bring his record to an even 5-5.
With the win the Yankees remain 1.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays who beat up on the Detroit Tigers this afternoon. With the loss the Braves have now lost 11 of their last 12 games. The Braves had a sold out crowd of 49,243 tonight at Turner Field, the highest fan attendance this season.
The Yankees opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when Braves starter Matt Wisler threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded to score Jacoby Ellsbury.
Pitching would dominate for quite some time as neither team could plate a run until the seventh inning. Chase Headley would lead off the inning with a double that hit off the wall in center field. Didi Gregorius doubled him home in the following at-bat, making his 2-0 Yankees lead.
The Braves got one back in the bottom of the seventh when Jonny Gomes grounded to Greg Bird at first who threw it to second for the force, and when Didi Gregorius threw it to pitcher Justin Wilson, he misplayed it and it got past him which allowed Christian Bethancourt to score and make it a 2-1 ballgame. The Braves were threatening to make it more in the seventh before Freddie Freeman hit a comebacker that Dellin Betances snagged with a no look behind the back grab.
In the top of the eighth Brian McCann hit a double that landed just in front of the wall to score Chris Young for his 80th RBI of the season, making it a 3-1 game.
Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller recorded the save tonight, which was his 28th of the season.
A scary moment happened in the seventh inning when Alex Rodriguez was coming into pitch hit for Luis Severino. A fan fell from the upper deck and landed on the concrete on the second deck behind home plate.
Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution tweeted, “Bad scene, fan fell from an upper deck behind home plate. They spent 5-10 minutes trying to revive him, took him out on body board.”
Dave O'Brien later tweeted that the Atlanta Police announced the man who fell from the upper deck has died.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Joe Girardi talked about the incident saying, "That's really sad, that something like that can happen at a ballpark. Our prayers go out to the family. It's really sad."
In Luis Severino’s five major league starts he has not allowed more than three earned runs. Tonight Severino pitched six scoreless innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Matt Wisler has been a tale of two pitchers this season. He started 5-1 but in his last four starts he is 0-4. Wisler pitched much better tonight, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings pitched.
Tomorrow the Yankees look to sweep the Braves in the final game of this series. The Yankees send Nathan Eovaldi (13-2, 4.00 ERA) to the bump, while the Braves will look to get back on the right track by sending Julio Teheran (9-6, 4.29 ERA) to the mound.