Thursday, July 11, 2013
A Good Ol' Fashioned Slug Fest
Ivan Nova threw a gem tonight, going eight innings and allowing just a lone run on an Eric Hosmer RBI double in the eighth inning. He had everything working tonight, especially his curveball. The Royals were 0-8 tonight in at bats ending with a curveball from Nova. I knew that with Ivan Nova it wasn't a question with his ability. Nova his a head case who tries to tell himself that he did better than he actually did. Seemingly every time Nova gets sent to the minors, he returns and pitches like an ace. Tonight, Nova provided the Yankees with his second straight ace performance even though the Yankees held a comfortable lead. Many pitchers would have gotten comfortable and would throw more fastballs down the middle but Nova knew what he had to do. He isn't a lock in this rotation, so even if he had a 20 run lead he would need to show Girardi that he deserves to stay in the rotation.
The night wouldn't be complete without a couple of injuries. Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner were both his by pitches. Hafner was hit in the foot and Gardner was plunked in the right leg. Both were removed from the game with contusions (bruises). They are day-to-day but then again, aren't we all?
The Yankees will hope to keep their momentum rolling tomorrow night so they can earn a split with the Royals. Andy Pettitte will try to pitch them to that split. The Yankees old friend, Ervin Santana will pitch to the Yankee batters. The Yankees always seem to catch up to Santana, as most of the games he starts end up in lob-sided affairs with the Yankees usually ending up on top.