Ivan Nova’s sinker made a very welcome return after a very disastrous outing versus the Orioles last week. Nova was to limit the Red Sox to just two runs; one via home run and was also able to last into the 8th inning to give the bullpen some much needed rest. His final line was 7.1 innings on 97 pitches (67 strikes) 2 runs on eight hits ( one home ruin) with no walks and 4 strike outs.
Nova’s Solid Start;
Bullpen Pitching: Matt Thornton got the second out in the 8th ( for his 4th hold) and was replaced by David Phelps. Phelps was able to get the final out of the inning ( and his second hold) by getting himself out of a bases loaded jam ( with a single. walk and a HBP) via strikeout. Shawn Kelly got his third save in a quiet ninth with two strikeouts.
Offense: While the Yankees won the game; they are still making it much closer that it needs to be by leaving men on base having a team LOB of 15. The team has a total of two strikeouts which is a great improvement. Gardner went 2 for 4 while Beltran went 3 for 4.
There was the home run via Beltran along with the doubles by McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran.
The first two runs were scored via Beltran’s 2 run home run in the bottom of the third:
Carlos Beltran’s 2 run home run:
In the bottom of the fourth, the Yankees scored what proved to be the winning run yet lose them Cervelli with an injured hamstring .Though they would have to issue a challenge to get it:
Yanks Challenge call on play that injures Cervelli :
This would also result in the need for Beltran to play his first game ever at first base.
Eye Candy :
Carlos Beltran’s great game including first outing at first base:
Ichiro robs Big Papi of an extra base hit in the 8th