Braves hit five HRs (two by J-Hey) in 10-5 win over Yankees

NEW YORK – To illustrate how skillfully Jason Heyward has handled all manner of pitches lately, Braves teammate Freddie Freeman pointed not just to the two-run homer Heyward hit on a slider from Yankees left-hander Boone Logan in the eighth inning Tuesday, but a pitch he fouled off on an earlier at-bat.

“He’s fouling off pitches — I think he fouled off a ball on the [at-bat] where he struck out that seemed to be this far [about two feet] outside,” Freeman said, shaking his head. “He’s reaching everything. When he gets it in the strike zone, like he did with Logan, he’s going to do damage with it no matter what the pitch is, no matter what side it’s from.”

Heyward and other Braves did a whole lot of damage Wednesday. They hit five home runs, two by Heyward, in a 10-5 win against the New York Yankees that gave the Braves a 2-1 series win at Yankee Stadium against a team that had a 10-game winning streak before Tuesday.

“This was huge,” Heyward said of the back-to-back wins, which helped the Braves get the bad taste left behind from a 3-6 homestand that included being swept by these Yankees last week.

Martin Prado, Freddie Freeman and David Ross added home runs for the Braves, whose five homers were their season high and the most allowed by the Yankees. The Braves had hit only three homers in their previous nine games.

Braves starter Tommy Hanson (8-4) allowed four solo home runs in five-plus innings, including back-to-back homers by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano to start the sixth inning and cut the Braves’ lead to 5-4. He left without recording an out in the sixth, then watched his teammates keep the throttle open with three more runs in the eighth and another in the ninth.

On a sweltering day when the hot wind was blowing out to right field, the two teams combined for nine home runs, a record for the current Yankee Stadium and matching a Yankees franchise record for any home game.

“Is that normal here for a day game?” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That [nine homers] is amazing. One of them, it might just have been the [close] fence in right field. But there were some balls hit pretty good today. And we survived.”

The Yankees closed to within 6-5 with a run in the seventh off Chad Durbin, snapping the reliever’s streak of 19 consecutive scoreless relief appearances. The Yankees have made a habit of come-from-behind wins and a crowd of 45,094 seemed to expect another after seeing the Yankees erase most of what had been a 3-0 Braves lead in the first inning, 4-1 lead after three, and 6-1 after Ross’ homer in the fifth.

But after the Yankees got within a run, Prado led off the eighth with a double and advanced on a groundout. After Dan Uggla was walked intentionally, Freeman grounded out to drive in a run.

Heyward was up next, and the left-handed slugger homered on a 2-2 slider from Logan, after falling behind in the count 0-2 and fouling off three pitches.

“Jason Heyward had a humongous game,” Ross said.

It was his 10th home run of the season, only four shy of Heyward’s total from an injury-plagued second season in 2011 and eight off his rookie total.

“Stats-wise, it’s been a while” since he’s been this productive, Heyward said. “It’s just good to have a routine, a rhythm, to go up there and trust myself, trust my approach. And just go up there and relax and try to put together a good at-bat.”

Heyward has hit .351 with 10 extra-base hits (four homers) in 16 June games, after hitting .200 with nine extra-base hits in 30 games in May.

“Yesterday he beat the Yankees with the bat and also with defensive plays,” Gonzalez said, “and today he just flat-out played good baseball. He’s been playing good baseball all year. And we can’t ask for anything more.”

Ross said with Freeman back from a finger injury and Heyward hitting his stride, the Braves are far more formidable than they showed while losing 16 of 25 games before Tuesday.

“Oh, we’re really good when Jason Heyward is swinging the bat well,” Ross said. “You’re talking about him in the six or seven hole, when Chipper [Jones] is in there? We’re really deep and I would hate to be the opposing catcher calling a game against our lineup when Jason Heyward and those guys are swinging the bat well.”

The Yankees’ Phil Hughes (7-6) allowed two or fewer runs in six of past seven starts before Wednesday, when he allowed three in the first inning and six runs and six hits in 4-1/3 innings, including a career-high four homers.

50 comments Add your comment

Joey

June 20th, 2012
8:00 pm

jstrick

June 20th, 2012
8:04 pm

Hopefully they can get on a good roll again.

dawg4u

June 20th, 2012
8:45 pm

Fredi asks if nine home runs is normal for a day game at Yankee Stadium. He must have been kidding or not at all sure of the number of home runs hit. Nine home runs in a game would make anybody that watches baseball on a regular basis know that this is something extremely rare and as DOB pointed out it matched a Yankee record. Fredi may have been just overly exhilarated with a series win over the Yanks. Keep this team on the road and not at Turner Field!

Waiting 4 D Haters

June 20th, 2012
8:48 pm

Guess I will have to put up with the haters running their mouths some more about Heyward in his strikeouts and such and everything else wrong with his game…

Robards

June 20th, 2012
8:52 pm

I think Fredi was joking. I’m pretty sure he knows 9 home runs in a game isn’t normal anywhere, even at Wrigley with the wind blowing out.

Buster brave

June 20th, 2012
8:57 pm

YEAH,WHERE BE THE HATERS AND ALL THE “ARMCHAIR” GENERAL MANAGERS AND MANAGERS WITH THEIR “WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE” !!!!!!!!!!

dawg4u

June 20th, 2012
9:01 pm

@Robards – I think you are correct and thinking about Wrigley Field, I do remember a game the Cubs played against the Phils in the Mike Schmidt- Dave Kingman days when those guys hit like 12 homers in a game in a 23-22 Phillie win or something close to that. I do remember that both teams scored over 20 runs.

cowdogit

June 20th, 2012
9:09 pm

Thanks McDowell you are the greatest – We didn’t need Beachy anyway #%& hole.

Who Me?

June 20th, 2012
9:11 pm

This is what kills me about this team – they play like crap for a solid week then turn it around and win a series they have no reason to win. What gives?? Is it too much to ask of a team of professional men that they do this every day?? Sure they’d lose some games but they’d be 4-3 or 3-2 kind of things. Drives me nuts – did the hitting coaches suddenly decide they needed to piss these guys off so they’d hit?? Did they challenge them to go out there and get aggressive? OK well where the heck has that been for the last 10 days then???

PaulG

June 20th, 2012
9:14 pm

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PaulG

June 20th, 2012
9:19 pm

Who me: every team shows the same inconsistencies except to a lesser extent at the extremes….focussing on variations from day to day reflect sampling error and regression to the mean .

Mikey

June 20th, 2012
9:25 pm

It’s McDowell fault that Beachy had a bone spur that caused a partial tear of his ulnar ligament? You may want to check with your orthopedic surgeon for the correct diagnosis.

Carl Farvman

June 20th, 2012
9:49 pm

Homers aren’t going to cut it. Fredi and Wren need to go.

Vesaversa

June 20th, 2012
9:49 pm

I say the Braves got a little pay back at Yankee stadium .No matter what happen i’n sticking with these Braves they can’t play any worst than they were a few days ago. Every team have their slumps some early than others .I hope the Braves are coming out of their slump now and will play much better in the second half of the season.

TomB

June 20th, 2012
9:52 pm

Yea right Buster brave, we all armchair GM

TomB

June 20th, 2012
9:57 pm

Yea right buster brave, we’re all blustering armchairh GM’s. Really brave of you to say that after this win which resolves nothing about this team’s weakness-Pitching, particularly starting pitching. Everyone knows the Braves are capable of winning games like today with their line-up, but the curious thing about hitting particularly hot hitting like today, is it is streaky and can’t be relied on that is why this team needs good pitching to survive.Now, Beachy is gone but wait for the big move by this GM, Jurrjens is going to be the answer. Maybe, but probably not. And just where is Dereck Lowe – Oh yea, Wren is paying Cleveland 10 million so he can pitch for them.

JAFO

June 20th, 2012
10:58 pm

Now bb, you idiot, that Madden is a manager of ballplayers.

Ken Stallings

June 20th, 2012
11:00 pm

Well that was a rather satisfying comeback! It isn’t total payback for the sweep the Yankees laid on the Braves at Turner Field, but to go to Yankee Stadium, end the Yanks’ ten-game winning streak, and then take the series from them, is a tasty outcome nonetheless!

JAFO

June 20th, 2012
11:04 pm

Right on KS. Pucker time at 6-5. I was folding the tent but it was fantastic to see the boys not cave. Well deserved win.

Robards

June 20th, 2012
11:40 pm

Yes, dawg4u, I think that might have been the game in which Schmidt hit 4 home runs.

ab initio

June 21st, 2012
12:38 am

“This is what kills me about this team – they play like crap for a solid week then turn it around and win a series they have no reason to win.”

That’s the classic definition of a .500 ballclub.

Old Jax Braves Fan

June 21st, 2012
1:06 am

How about Tony Cloniger’s not one but TWO Grand Slams (and for a pitcher, yet!) in one game? That surpasses 9 home runs in any game by far, not withstanding those hit by the punchless (heretofore) Bravos. I, for one, hope Jason is finally getting back his power and clearing his head and playing the type ball he is capable of.

William

June 21st, 2012
1:32 am

Let’s hope the Braves can pitch the rest of the year. So far it’s not looking good. Need to trade now for an arm if there are any available. Probably not though. The offense needs to stay hot. Hitting can sometime bail out poor pitching, like today.

KJB

June 21st, 2012
1:59 am

Good job J-Hey……Good kid & I’m pulling for you to silence the critics & haters!!!!!!

Tim

June 21st, 2012
3:04 am

It’s all Freddie Freeman. When he plays the Braves win. When he doesn’t play the Braves lose. 32-20 when Freddie is in the lineup and 5-9 when he’s not. Braves score about 5 runs a game when Freddie is in the lineup. Barely score 3 runs a game when he’s not.

Jason Heyward has done great this season. Take out the May 16-30th stretch, and Heyward’s slash line is .294/,356/.533 (.889 OPS) over 202 PA this year. Who wouldn’t want that?

[...] -Jason Heyward smashed two home runs to lead the Braves to a 10-5 win over the Yankees but Atlanta received the bad news that pitcher Brandon Beachy, the NL’s leader in ERA, will undergo Tommy John surgery and will be sidelined for the rest of the year. June 21, 2012 [...]

PaulG

June 21st, 2012
4:54 am

Man, who could forget. Clonigers incredible game…..that’s a record that will stand forever

Buzz 2011

June 21st, 2012
5:30 am

Wow, two wins in a row!! Now they will drop six in a row!! Wow…

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longtimefan

June 21st, 2012
6:55 am

Where are the Heyward haters? Kind of hard to come on and trash him the way he has been playing. And you guys that blame anyone for Beach’s elbow problems-are you for real? Really? You would be hard pressed not to find a team that has not had a pitcher have TJ surgery. It’s part of baseball now. It wasn’t done as frequently decades ago because it was more difficult to diagnosis with MRI( not in clinical use until 1985) in past and the surgical results weren’t as effective. And to Who Me?-if it was as easy as a team deciding to “turn it on” to win games they would never lose. No wait, how about the other team-aren’t they trying to “turn it on” to win? I guess it’s just a little more complicated than that.

BraveFan

June 21st, 2012
6:57 am

Go Braves. Nice win. Good to see he bats really come alive. Let’s sweep the Beantowners.

Bulldawgman49

June 21st, 2012
7:44 am

Wow I guess Heyward is showing his true colors now. The Braves will need to find another starting picther just maybe Jurjens will fill the void , we will know Friday night in Boston . Go Braves !!!

Chris Snow

June 21st, 2012
7:46 am

Can we just play the rest of the season on the road? Just sayin’.

Chris Snow

June 21st, 2012
7:48 am

I have said even before the season started, that Heyward will need to play to his potential in order for us to be successful.

Winchester

June 21st, 2012
8:30 am

Hanson is a joke. His renowned value as a starting pitcher does not pass the smell test. Trade the prima dona.

Sons of Rick Matula

June 21st, 2012
8:33 am

Nice power display … take it with you to Fenway. Still concerned about McCann and Chipper, get them in the mix and between Bourn Prado and Freeman Heyward – and Frank Wren’s hair won’t turn white. Oh, wait.

Jborodawg

June 21st, 2012
8:33 am

Great win and great to take 2 of 3 from the Yanks.

@ Who Me? and @ Mikey. It’d be best if you watch baseball a couple more years, at least. EG in a 161-game season, there will be injuries and losses. Beachy had pitched well and was not over used.

I didn’t quite understand not playing Chipper at DH instead of B Mac, but I don’t profess to know more than Fredi or Frank and I don’t jump on the ‘fire Fredi’ bandwagon after each loss.

Blue

June 21st, 2012
9:43 am

Tom B; amazing how you knew last year that Lowe, after pitching like crap for two years, was going to be this good this year. I bet you even predicted it, right? By the way, braniac, there is not necessarily any guarantee that if he was pitching in Atlanta that his results would be the same.

HINDSKY

June 21st, 2012
9:46 am

Great win yesterday by all . . . except the 3 and 4 hitters . . . why are those guys locked in such crucial spots??? Three and four are supposed to be RBI guys, not strike-out artists. OK Mr. Gonz, answer this one PLEASE? Maybe 5 and six need to move into those spots followed by Simmi, DH, McCann and UGGLY. Just release Hinney, Willi and Franni and call up some double A bats.

Carl Farvman

June 21st, 2012
10:29 am

“How about Tony Cloniger’s not one but TWO Grand Slams (and for a pitcher, yet!) in one game?

Fernando Tatis, STL, hit 2 Grand Slam HRs in 1 inning against the Dodgers. One of the oddest things to happen in baseball’s history.

Rick

June 21st, 2012
10:54 am

Keep it up Braves. Keep the confidence HIGH! Heyward are you turning a corner? I like the way you swinging the bat. Nice to see Fredi back in the lineup stroking the ball! So glad we have the best backup catcher in the game not only at the plate but also behind the plate. Martin what can I say. So glad they did not trade you in the offseason. The “Bourn Identity” is a BEAST! Was that a last year sighting of Venters I saw? Hmmmmmmmm? And now here we go………………JJ it is on you now. Show them what you got man! Be the pitcher we know you are. Make them pay you in the off season!

Bob the Blogger

June 21st, 2012
10:57 am

Just when I was thinking Heyward might do well get some time off due to his struggles, he comes back in June and starts to look like the player we envisioned him be. And Freeman is apparently gripping the bat well enough.

Whiskey River

June 21st, 2012
11:09 am

@Bob the Blogger It won’t last long because the BOSS can’t allow for someone else to steal his glory.

[...] fouling off pitches,” teammate Freddie Freeman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s David O’Brien. “I think he fouled off a ball on the [at-bat] where he struck out that seemed to be this far [...]

Braveoneastside

June 21st, 2012
11:28 am

Watching the game here in NYC on YES, they were impressed by ATL starting staff – have best ERA in NL in June, Mets 2nd. Trust the brilliant GM’s on the blog have no DM in their jobs.
Key to getting in play-offs – if Hayward stays hot and why shouldn’t he and Chipper can stay on the field – will be OK.
The pitching staff as stated is very good, Medlen and Kimbrel hopefully enough. As far as trading for an arm – whose trading young pitching? We have enough arms – they will eventually workout.
Can anybody think of another club having (3) 22 year old position potentially superstars – Heyward, Freeman, Simmons. Nats something special w/ Strasberg & Harper though.

Whiskey River

June 21st, 2012
11:36 am

I agree about Heyward, Freeman, Simmons. The Boss is not going to let anything outshine him. Got to jhave all the glory his last year.

[...] fouling off pitches,” teammate Freddie Freeman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s David O’Brien. “I think he fouled off a ball on the [at-bat] where he struck out that seemed to be this far [...]

Paul in Richmond

June 21st, 2012
12:47 pm

Hitting 5 hrs makes the manager look good. (Bobby used to sit and wait for the big blast too). But is this team talented enough to wait for the big hit? Frankly I loved the game where JH won by stealing third and I rankle every time we waste baserunners stroking into DPs instead of manufacturing runs.

[...] Braves hit five HRs (two by J-Hey) in 10-5 win over Yankees | Atlanta BravesTo illustrate how skillfully Jason Heyward has handled all manner of pitches lately, Braves teammate Freddie Freeman pointed not just to the two-run homer Heyward hit on a slider from Yankees left-hander Boone Logan in the eighth inning Tuesday, but a pitch he fouled off on an earlier at-bat. “He’s fouling off pitches — I think he fouled off a ball on the [at-bat] where he struck out that seemed to be this far [about two feet] outside,” Freeman said, shaking his head. “He’s reaching everything. When he gets it in the strike zone, like he did with Logan, he’s going to do damage with it no matter what the pitch is, no matter what side it’s from.” [...]

Ron

June 21st, 2012
3:08 pm

C’mon guys one of the main reasons the Braves struggled offensively was that there main hitter Freeman was not in the lineup. He gives protection to other hitters and they get better pitches to hit. You think this offensive breakout just coincided the Freeman back?….

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