Monday, June 11, 2012

Nova Continues Dominance

The Yankees entered the game tonight against the Braves winning 13of their last 17 games. They had just completed a sweep of the Mets and won the final game in walk-off fashion. Tonight, the offense appeared early and faded later in the game. The Yankees again could not get a hit with the bases loaded. Cano singled in A-Rod in the first, followed by an Ibanez solo shot in the second and the Yankees capped off the scoring on a wild pitch by Delgado in the third inning. Brian McCann hit the ball hard three times in the game but had nothing to show for it because of fantastic defense by the Yankees. Above all, the pitching is what got the Yankees through tonight's game.

Ivan Nova came off a fantastic effort against the Rays last week. He continued his dominance tonight, not giving up a run in seven innings pitched. He whiffed six batters and did not allow a runner to go past second base. Girardi pushed all the right buttons in the bullpen after Nova exited the game. He used four relievers to get the last six outs and the relievers all managed to put away the batters they were sent out to face. Boone Logan closed out the game with .2 innings to seal the win. Soriano was not used tonight after being used for two straight games in New York.

Tomorrow, CC Sabathia hopes to get back on the winning track as he faces Mike Minor who is 3-4 with an ERA of almost seven. Jones will probably get the start in left field as Minor is a lefty pitcher. It will be interesting to see the reception Jones gets from the fans who he played in front of for 12 years.

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