CHARLESTON, S.C. – A pair of fifth-inning runs, including an RBI groundout by Dan Uggla, aided the Braves’ Legends in beating the Yankees Friday night 4-3 in the fourth annual Legends of the South Alumni Game at Joe Riley Park.
Uggla’s RBI groundout put the Braves on top to cap off a two-run fifth frame. Atlanta scored two in the top of the fourth to bring the game to within one at 3-2.
Former Yankees middle infielder Homer Bush led off the contest with a triple that rolled all the way to the right field wall, and came around to score on the former right-hander Ramiro Mendoza’s single. Bush, a seven-year Major League vet, hit .285 in 409 career games with the Yankees, Marlins and Blue Jays. Mendoza stuck with the Yankees for all 10 years of his career, accumulating a 59-40 record with a career 4.30 ERA.
The Bronx Bombers tacked on a couple more in the bottom of the second, when Drew Meyer and Carl Pavano, who reached on a walk and a hit-by-pitch, scored on Honorary Yankee Jeff Ridgeway’s two-run double.
Fans were also treated to scoreless appearances from Kris Medlen and Marvin Freeman. Freeman had to work around some shaky defense in the third, but escaped a two-on, no-out jam with a clutch double play. Medlen, who closed out the win for his alma mater, last appeared in the Major Leagues as late as 2018 with the Diamondbacks. He went 34-20 in 154 games with the Braves, posting a 2.95 ERA in over 500 innings with the club.
Freeman finished fourth in the Cy Young voting in 1994 with the Rockies, posting the lowest single-season ERA in franchise history in the strike-shortened season with a 2.80 mark. He also went 11-5 in 122 games with Atlanta from 1990 to 1993.