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Judge and Voit Homer as the Yankees Take Game 1 From the Braves

FINAL: Braves 6 Yankees 9

WP: Montgomery (2-1) LP: Toussaint (0-1) SV: Britton (6)

The Yankees (11-6)  took game one from the Braves (11-8) tonight by a scores of 9-6. Jordan Montgomery (2-1) took the win for the Yankees, Touki Toussaint (0-1) took the loss for the Braves, and it was Zach Britton getting his sixth save of the season for the Yankees.

GAME RECAP:

In the bottom of the first, Luke Voit homered on a fly ball to left center field that scored DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks. That was Voit’s fifth home run of the year. The Yankees took the early 3-0 lead in the first.

In the bottom of the third, Luke Voit collected his fourth RBI of the night on a ground out to third that scored DJ LeMahieu, scoring his second run of the night. Mike Ford kept the third inning going with a double on a line drive to right field that scored Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks. The Yankees would extend their lead to 6-0 in the third.

In the bottom of the fifth, it was ALL RISE for Aaron Judge who hit his ninth home run of the season on a line drive over the center field wall. The Yankees extended their lead to 7-0 over the Braves. And then it was Mike Ford again, collecting his third RBI of the night on a ground out to shortstop that scored Aaron Hicks and moved Luke Voit to third. The Yankees would take an 8-0 lead over the Braves in the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Marcell Ozuna homered off Jordan Montgomery. It was a three-run home run that scored D’Arnaud and Freeman. The Braves would bring the score to 8-3.

In the top of the seventh, Dansby Swanson reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Austin Riley. The Braves would bring the score within four to 8-4.

In the bottom of the 7th, Mike Ford, again, with an RBI double that scored Gleyber Torres. It was Ford’s fourth RBI of the night and extended the Yankees’ lead to 9-4 over the Braves.

In the top of the eighth, Johan Camargo doubles for the Braves and Adam Duball scored. It was 9-5 Yankees. Tyler Flowers would follow that with a double that scored Camargo. It was 9-6 Yankees.

The Yankees would go on to hold the Braves to those six runs to take a 9-6 win over the Braves at Yankee Stadium in New York.

PITCHING LINES:

Jordan Montgomery: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR

David Hale: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Adam Ottavino: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO

Luis Cessa: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER

Chad Green (H, 3): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 SO

Zach Britton (S, 6): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 SO

 

POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCES:

 

AARON BOONE:

Aaron Boone met with the media following tonight’s game. He spoke on Jordan Montgomery’s performance tonight, stating he thought Montgomery was really good tonight and aggressive early, stating that he established his fastball and that his changeup was really good as well. Boone stating that Montgomery got a little tired in the sixth inning, but that for the most part, he was able to dictate some counts and when he got behind, he was able to throw strikes well.

Boone also spoke on the offense’s performance tonight, stating that the Yankees have a really good offense and that they’re comfortable and familiar with playing at home in their home building and that it was good to see guys break out tonight.

Boone had to go deep into his bullpen tonight, using five relievers in two innings. Boone stating the Yankees are in a good place with an off-day Thursday, but that they got a little sloppy as a whole in the second half of the game. Boone credited a great start by Montgomery, and then stated for Green and Britton to close it out, throwing the ball was key. Boone stating it wasn’t the Yankees’ best night, but that the guys swung the bats well.

JORDAN MONTGOMERY:

Jordan Montgomery met with the media following tonight’s game. He stated his game plan tonight was to go after the hitters and trust his pitchers. Montgomery stating that he executed more fastballs well and that his cutter was good tonight, and he executed his changeup well tonight as well.

“I was confident and trusted my stuff tonight,” stated Montgomery, who credited his offense for giving him comfort with a lot of early big runs. Montgomery stating, he was able to attack the hitters even more with a big lead and go as deep in the game as he can and up his aggressiveness. “These guys were good hitters,” stated Montgomery who said because of how good of a team Atlanta is, he tried to keep his pitches mixed well.

Montgomery also spoke on his sixth inning where he started struggling a bit, stating he got out of his groove & away from his game plan a bit. But overall, Montgomery stated tonight was a good step forward for him and he started to feel more comfortable on the mound and got into a rhythm.

LUKE VOIT:

Luke Voit met with the media following tonight’s game, stating that tonight was a great night for the offense to get back to having better at-bats. He said they controlled the zone more tonight and got hits when they needed to with runners in scoring position and took advantage of some big hits tonight.

Voit stated the off-day Monday was huge for the Yankees and that it was refreshing to get some family time and that he hopes they can bounce off that and keep swinging.

Voit hit a three-run home run in the first inning to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead over the Braves. Voit stating that it’s always nice to get a three-run lead and to let Montgomery settle in and get to work.

Voit also discussed Aaron Judge’s home run, stating it’s no surprise that he hit another one out and that he’s fun to watch. Voit stating there’s a reason Judge is one of the faces of baseball.

MIKE FORD:

Mike Ford met with the media following tonight’s game, stating he is seeing the ball well right now and was able to work counts and stay within his plan. Ford stating that he’s a confident hitter who can help his team win when given the chance.

When asked about Aaron Judge’s home run, Ford stated, “It’s just fun to watch. Couldn’t happen to a better person. He puts that work in… It’s awesome to see,” stated Ford.

Ford also spoke on the Yankees’ starting pitching and tonight’s outing from Montgomery, stating that it was a great start for Montgomery and that he threw the ball really well.

Written By

Alexis Farinacci is a baseball beat writer and social media editor for the Pinstriped Prospects. Follow Alexis on Twitter & Instagram: @alexisfarinacci .

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