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The weather wasn't the only thing that was scorching hot yesterday; the bats of the Braves and Yankees were as well. The first day of summer felt more like a day in early August with temperatures exceeding 95 degrees. New Yankee Stadium has been known as a home run-hitting park, but the weather conditions made the stadium even more conducive to long balls.
The power surge began right away with Braves 1B Freddie Freeman taking Yankees starter Phil Hughes deep for a two-run shot in the top of the 1st. Derek Jeter led off the Yankees half of the of the 1st with a solo blast off of Braves starter Tommy Hanson. Before an inning was in the books there were two home runs hit. Atlanta's Martin Prado, Jason Heyward, and David Ross all went deep, respectively, off of Hughes in innings 3, 4, and 5. Hughes conceded four home runs to the Braves yesterday and he now leads all of baseball with 19 home runs allowed this season.
In the bottom half of the 5th, Eric Chavez hit a solo shot to center, marking the 2nd Yankee home run and sixth home run for the game up to that point. In the following inning Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano hit back to back home runs to cut the Braves lead to 6-4. Curtis Granderson singled in a run in the 7th to make it 6-5, however, in the very next inning Jason Heyward hit his second home run of the game, a 2-run shot, and the New Yankee Stadium record ninth of the game. With this all being said, the biggest news following the 10-5 Braves win over the Yankees was the record-breaking nine home runs hit at the in one game at the stadium. Even in that bandbox, nine home runs is impressive.
New Yankee Stadium wasn't the only park serving up long balls, though. Across the majors, 42 home runs were hit in yesterday's games. The Diamondbacks and Mariners combined for eight while Boston and Miami combined for six. Today is just as hot as yesterday, so we'll see if the few teams playing tonight are just as potent at the plate.