Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Another Big Inning Rides Yankees to Victory
Ivan Nova had a serviceable start tonight, going six innings and allowing only the one big inning that was fueled by his defense letting him down. He left the game early because of triceps tightness as a precaution and Girardi doesn't think it will be serious enough for Nova to miss his next start against the Red Soc. Nevertheless, the runs he gave up didn't hurt for the Yankees who ended up winning this game rather easily in later innings. Adam Warren got the win in relief of Ivan Nova. Warren only pitched one inning but retired all three batters in order which gave way to Shawn Kelley and ended with Mariano Rivera coming in for another four-out save. Contrary to his last two multi-inning save chances, Mariano Rivera was perfect in 1 1/3 innings for the Yankees as he picked up his 42nd save of the season. The 42 saves are a suitable number for the greatest closer in history.
The Yankees look to continue their offensive outburst in tomorrow night's game against Scott Feldman. Andy Pettitte who has pitched well looks to record a win after leaving his last two starts with leads that the bullpen couldn't hold on to. With the Orioles, Rays and Indians all losing tonight, the Yankees gain ground on all three teams and are now only 2 games behind the Rays for the second wild card spot. Every game matters.