David Robertson allowed a tiebreaking two-run home run to Ronald Acuña Jr. in the top of the 11th inning and the Yankees struggled with runners in scoring position as they lost to the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Things to know about Monday's game
1) The Yankees went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base. Greg Bird and Austin Romine both struck out with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, while Neil Walker struck out with runners on the corners to end the eighth.
2) In the top of the 11th, Nick Markakis reached on a Gleyber Torres error to give Atlanta a baserunner. After a fielder's choice, Acuña hit Robertson's 1-2 curveball over Aaron Judge's outstretched glove for a two-run home run that broke a 3-3 tie. The Yankees went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
3) Jonathan Loaisiga allowed three runs and five hits in four innings, throwing a season-high 92 pitches. He surrendered a solo home run to Johan Camargo in the third inning and back-to-back RBI doubles to Kurt Suzuki and Acuña in the fourth inning that gave the Braves a 3-2 lead.
4) Judge homered for the second night in a row with a solo home run to right field in the first inning off Anibal Sanchez.
5) Torres went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. He doubled in the third inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another Sanchez wild pitch that gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. He scored on Didi Gregorius' game-tying sac fly in the fifth inning.
Highlights from Monday's game
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The Yankees drilled homer after homer Sunday night, but Monday, they could only muster a solo shot in the first inning. On nights when the ball is not flying over the fence for the Yankees, the runs do not come as easily.
The Yankees went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners, while bouncing into two double plays, the biggest one came in the ninth inning.
Everyone likes the home run, but when the chance in the bottom of the ninth inning and no one out came along with Brett Gardner at the plate and Torres on first base, the Yankees decided not to try to bunt the rookie over. If Gardner isn't the best player to lay down a bunt in that situation, I'm not sure who is.
Eventually, the Yankees are going to have to utilize some small-ball tactics to win games. No one would expect them to lay down a bunt with one of the big hitters in the batter's box, but with Gardner at the plate, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Domingo German (2-4, 5.32 ERA) and the Yankees face Sean Newcomb (8-2, 2.71 ERA) and the Braves in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.