Well, Mike Minor outpitched CC Sabathia, and the Braves led most of the way, but a bullpen collapse in the eighth inning handed the game to the Yankees. The Braves simply don’t have the Jonny Venters of the last two years anymore.
With the bases loaded and one out in the first, Matt Diaz, starting in right field against the lefty, hit a bases-clearing double, scoring Michael Bourn, Brian McCann, and Dan Uggla. For a long time, it seemed that this would hold up, as Minor, after a little first-inning trouble, kept the Yankees in check for seven innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Jason Heyward‘s bases-loaded groundout scored Martin Prado to make it 4-0. It turned out to be a key play, as the Braves’ inability to get more than one run out of that situation kept the Yankees in it.
In the eighth, Minor got the first man, then allowed a single to Derek Jeter. It came on his 100th pitch of the game, and Fredi came and got him, going with Venters. Jonny had nothing. A single was followed by a walk to load the bases, then Alex Rodriguez tied the game with a grand slam. After allowing another hit, Venters was finally pulled, only for Cory Gearrin to allow a two-run homer to Nick Swisher to give the Yankees the lead. Gearrin hit Andruw Jones with a pitch but eventually got two outs. The Braves got one baserunner, on an Andrelton Simmons walk, in the eighth, but that was it.