Things would get sweaty for the Yankees when a couple of relievers made the game interesting by walking batters, mainly Shawn Kelley. The bases were loaded in the seventh with the score still 6-4 but Kelley got Brett Lawrie to lift a fly ball to right center field for Brett Gardner to catch easily. Ivan Nova pitched well enough to earn his seventh win of the season behind a powerful Yankees offense. Girardi mixed and matched for the remainder of the game but ended up using Mariano Rivera to get the final two outs after Joba Chamberlain began the inning by recording only one out before walking Rajai Davis.
The Yankees better hope they can score runs for Phil Hughes who along with getting no run support, has been downright awful this year. Hughes needs his offense to score him some runs but in order for them to do so he needs to give them a chance to win before allowing a big inning. As written earlier, Hughes will pitch against lefty Mark Buehrle who has not pitched well against the Yankees in his career. One of two trends will buck today; either Hughes will pitch a good game for the Yankees or Buehrle will finally record a win against the aforementioned Yankees.