Thursday, August 15, 2013
Let's not forget about Ivan Nova, who tossed 7.1 innings, allowing only three runs. He gave up ten hits but struck out seven batters and didn't walk anyone. This game was a laugher early, so Nova could easily have started to implode himself, but he didn't. Nova pitched well and gave the Yankees their fourth straight win. The Yankees have not had a four game winning streak in months so it's nice to see them winning consistently. Nova is the first Yankee right-handed pitcher with seven straight starts of seven innings and three or less runs. The last time this was accomplished by a Yankee RHP was in 1998 when David Cone did it. Nova has gone 5-3 with a 2.17 ERA and 69 strikeouts in eleven appearances since coming off the disabled list.
The Yankees have a chance to sweep this four game series at home against the Angels tomorrow afternoon with Hughes on the mound. Phil Hughes has been awful for the Yankees this year in most starts and his 4-11 record shows it. It will be an afternoon game when the balls carry further so Hughes may have another rough outing tomorrow. If Alfonso Soriano and the Yankees keep scoring runs at this pace, there may be a chance that they can bail Hughes out. With the Rays winning tonight, the Yankees remain 5.5 games back in the wildcard race and with the Red Sox losing, the Yankees gain one game on Boston and are 8.5 games behind the dominant Sox.