The Atlanta Braves may be in desperate need of their off day Thursday to recoup from their four-game losing streak. After wasting nearly every scoring opportunity Wednesday, the New York Yankees finished off the three-game sweep in a crushing 3-2 loss.
Brian McCann, whose bat seems to have woken up the past three days, hit a two-run homer in the fifth, but that was all the Braves could manage off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda even though he surrendered nine hits over six innings.
The Braves were simply never able to sustain a rally, going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Those two hits came from Michael Bourn's infield single in the eighth inning and questionable bunt single from Andrelon Simmons that loaded the bases with one out in the second. With Hudson hitting behind him, one would think that would have been more of an RBI situation.
Though Hudson was not quite as sharp as last week's shutout of the Miami Marlins, he still only gave up six hits and struck out eight over six innings. He gave up a run on two hits in the first inning, but he only allowed two hits over the next four innings.
The decisive blow came when Derek Jeter lead off the sixth with a single, and Granderson hit a 1-1 fastball over the right field wall. It was the second home run Hudson has given up this season.
Atlanta looked poised to at least tie the game in the eighth inning with runners on the corners and one out, but after Martin Prado failed to get a bunt down on the first pitch, Cody Eppley got him to ground into an inning-ending double-play.
The Braves were also unable to take advantage of two Jason Heyward doubles in the fourth and fifth innings. Heyward himself was also unable to capitalize in the seventh when Boone Logan walked two in the seventh, getting Heyward to tap out to the mound and Eric Hinske to fly out.
All told, the Braves have 7-for-37 (.189) with runners in scoring position during their four-game losing streak. The good news is that after their last off day, they exploded for 11 runs on 16 hits against Miami, and they get to stay home for this off day before taking on the Baltimore Orioles at Turner Field at 7:35 Friday.
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