Saturday, August 31, 2013
Ivan Nova: Ace
The offense was not very prominent in today's game but the Yankees were able to eek out just enough runs thanks to Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner. Gardner doubled off Scott Feldman to start the game and two batters later Robinson Cano hit a double down the right field line to score Gardner to give Ivan Nova the only run he would need to get the win. Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner had four of the Yankees seven hits and the runs were all courtesy of Cano as he was involved in both offensive plays. He made the decision easier for Girardi in the eighth inning when he homered off lefty Troy Patton and Buck Showalter immediately sprung out of the bullpen to get a right handed pitcher into the game to complete the eighth. Robinson Cano is on a hot streak right now he is carrying the Yankees. Cano is not showing any ill-effects of the hit by pitch he suffered on Tuesday in Toronto.
Andy Pettitte will be on the mound tomorrow afternoon as the Yankees go for the three game sweep which would be an amazing feat. With today's win the Yankees surpassed the Orioles in the standings and since Tampa Bay and Oakland are playing each other the Yankees will gain ground on one of the two teams. This teams is feeling good about themselves right now, and rightfully so. The White Sox are coming to Yankee Stadium on Monday and they have an awful record. The Yankees will have a chance to bury the Orioles with a series win against the Sox who swept the Yankees in Chicago just a few weeks ago.