Game 127 Quick Recap: NYY 15 ATL 4

Well there you go.  Who knew that all the Yankees needed to wake up the offense was remove the DH from the lineup and replace him with a pitcher?  The Yankee beat up Atlanta starter Williams Perez early for 9 runs in the first 2 innings and stretched the game into a laugher late with 6 runs in the final 2 innings to take the first game of this interleague weekend set. Didi Gregorius led the offense with a 4-hit night and 6 RBI.  His 3-run home run in the top of the 1st stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0, and his 2-run single in the 2nd capped off a 4-run inning to make it 9-2.

Masahiro Tanaka looked shaky in the bottom of the 1st, giving back 2 of the runs that the Yankees had scored.  But he came back with a 1-2-3 2nd inning on all strikeouts and ended up throwing 7 innings of 3-run ball.  It probably wasn't good enough for Andrew Marchand, but it was plenty good enough for me.

Game Notes:

- 4-5 with a homer and 6 RBI.  This was easily the best offensive game of Didi's career.

- Brian McCann went 1-2 with 3 R scored, 4 RBI, and 3 BB.  His one hit was a home run.

- Carlos Beltran kept on hitting with a 3-5 night and 3 R scored.  Brett Gardner and Chase Headley each had 2 hits, and Greg Bird went 1-3 with 2 R and 2 BB.

- Chris Young hit his first home run since August 4th late in the game.

- Bryan Mitchell made his return to game action by closing out the 8th inning and working the 9th.  He surrendered a run on 2 hits and a walk, so there might be a little rust and/or nerves to shake off.  But it's still amazing that he's back on the mound less than 2 weeks after taking that liner to the face.