Swisher back in the swing of things
Nick Swisher returned to the Yankees’ lineup Tuesday night with a bang. Swish had missed the previous two games because of a bruised left quad he sustained Saturday while sliding into the plate at Washington. He felt fit enough to get back in there against the Braves and made an early contribution.
In the Yankees’ first at-bat in the game with runners in scoring position, an area in which they have struggled much of the season, Swisher came through big-time with a booming double to deep center field that scored Mark Teixeira, who had led off the inning with a single, and Raul Ibanez, who had doubled, for a 2-0 Yankees lead in the second inning.
Atlanta’s swift center fielder, Michael Bourn, somehow got his glove on Swisher’s drive but could not hang on to the ball. Swish showed no problems running on his left leg, which is good news.
For the first time this season, however, Hiroki Kuroda failed to pitch a shutdown inning after his team scored. The Elias Sports Bureau noted that Kuroda had not allowed a run in 17 innings this year immediately following a run-scoring inning by the Yankees. That streak ended in the third when Jason Heyward led off with a triple to right-center and scored on an infield out.