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Yankees complete embarrassing sweep of Braves with 20-6 blowout

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We thought the game Friday was as ugly as this series was going to get. We were wrong.

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Well, the good news is that the series is over. The bad news is that the Yankees outscored the Braves 38-11 in just three games, thanks to this 20-6 blowout Sunday afternoon.

There's not really much to say about this one other than the fact that it was even worse than Friday night's game. If you don't remember, that's the one where Jonny Gomes was used as a pitcher.

Ironically enough, Jonny might have done as well as the other Atlanta pitchers in this one. Julio Teheran looked like he was pitching on the road, and gave up three home runs while pitching just 4.1 innings. Teheran allowed eight runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out four batters.

The second inning is where all of this started to unfold, as Teheran issued a leadoff walk to Chase Headley and then a single to Stephen Drew. After that, Teheran left a slider a bit too high to Jacoby Ellsbury, who promptly deposited the pitch into the right field stands. An inning later, Headley and Drew sought home runs of their own, and Teheran obliged.

Headley drove a 92-mph fastball an estimated 410 feet to straightaway center field. It wasn't surprising either, considering the pitch was placed directly over the middle of the plate. Drew on the other hand took an 84-mph changeup that was directly over the middle of the plate.

Even with Teheran's terrible start, the Braves were actually still in this one after six innings with the score just 8-5. But of course, the seventh inning happened. And in the seventh inning Ross Detwiler, Peter Moylan and Jake Brigham combined to allow nine runs. Brigham was thrown to the wolves again in the eighth when the Yankees tacked on three more runs before Edwin Jackson mercifully threw a perfect ninth.

Headley and Drew both had perfect days at the plate against the Braves, going 3-for-3 and 4-for-4, respectively. For a bit more context on Drew, before this game he was a .192 hitter. After this game was completed, Drew was sitting with a .201 batting average. That seems like a significant improvement for six plate appearances.

This was the first time the Braves have allowed 20 runs since 2001, when the Florida Marlins beat Atlanta 20-1 — Mike Hampton started that game for the Braves and gave up nine earned runs in four innings.

The Braves pitching staff was just three runs shy of tying the Atlanta record for most runs given up in a game (23 runs on two different occasions) and four runs shy of the all-time Braves record of 24.*


Source: FanGraphs

*I say all-time, but should probably say since 1914, as that is as far back as Baseball Reference's Play Index will go. Here's the full list of not-good Braves pitching displays.