ATLANTA — A disappointing road trip came to a frustrating end for the Yankees on Wednesday night as they went quietly in a 2-0 loss to the Braves at Truist Park. It was New York’s fifth straight loss and seventh on the nine-game trip.
The loss dropped the Yankees below .500 for the first time in 2023 at 60-61. They entered the night trailing the Blue Jays by 6 1/2 games for the final Wild Card spot in the American League postseason race.
Starter Randy Vásquez took the loss, allowing a two-run second-inning homer to Eddie Rosario. He allowed two hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Reliever Michael King made his case for another opportunity to join the Yankees’ decimated rotation by pitching 3 2/3 strong frames against the potent Atlanta offense, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three.
However, as has too often been the case in 2023, the biggest issue was the bats. Charlie Morton shut down the visitors’ lineup over six innings, striking out 10 against four hits. The Yankees did not have an extra-base hit all night and got only two runners into scoring position.