Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Randall Delgado showed the promise scouts have talked about in his start in Miami last week, but the young righty struggled with his control, issuing six walks as the Braves lost 3-0 to the New York Yankees at Turner Field Monday night.
The six walks were a career high for Delgado, who remarkably allowed only three runs over his five innings of work. Also of note is that the Yankees had at least two baserunners in every inning Delgado pitched, but the Braves were never truly out of the game.
The Yankees got started early when Alex Rodriguez hit a double in the first and was driven in by Robinson Cano with a single. Raul Ibanez tacked on another run in the second when he homered off a hanging curveball.
Delgado struggled the most in the third inning, issuing three walks to load the bases. He put Nick Swisher in an 0-2 count and was on the cuff of escaping anymore damage, but he threw a wild pitch that allowed Rodriguez to score.
Just as Delgado's performance was the polar opposite of when he gave up two hits over 6 2/3 innings to the Miami Marlins last Wednesday, he was also the opposite of his Yankees counterpart, Ivan Nova. Nova scattered five singles over seven shutout innings and was bailed out by some solid defensive play.
Despite the Braves getting the lead-off batter on base in four of the first five innings, a rally never materialized, and Brian McCann hit into even more bad luck to lower his average to .234.
McCann was about two feet away from a two-homer night. He flew out to Curtis Granderson in deep center in the first inning, but he was robbed in a worse way of a two-run shot in the fourth inning when Nick Swisher leapt at the last second to bring a ball back from over the right field wall.
After Jason Heyward started the third inning with a single, Andrelton Simmons lined out to Nova, who doubled Heyward off first, only compounding the Braves' frustrations on the day.
The loss was the Braves second straight and the first time they've lost consecutive games since their abysmal eight-game losing streak last month.
Coupled with the win by the Washington Nationals, the loss drops the Braves to three games back in the National League East race.
Mike Minor (3-4) will look to pick up his second straight win, but he will have to best C.C. Sabathia (7-3) to even the series for the Braves at 7:10 on Tuesday.
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