Ivan Nova is either very good or very bad. A lot like A.J. Burnett was. Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde and you don’t know which one will show up.
Tonight was the good Nova. 7 1/3, 2 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He goes to 2-1, 5.94. Matt Thornton got one out, David Phelps one, and Shawn Kelley got the last three outs for the save, his third.
The Yanks blew a chance in the first. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out, Sori hit what appeared to be a SF. But Ellsbury took off for 3rd & was gunned down before Beltran could cross the plate. Timing play. Out. No runs.
Nova then gave up a run in the 2nd, and would have given up another if Gardner didn’t gun out the runner at the plate. Gardner should have two Gold Gloves already. It’s a shame he doesn’t have one yet.
Beltran hit a 2-run HR in the third to give the Yanks the lead. #361 of Beltran’s career (#3 for the year) tied him with Joe D. on the all-time list. Beltran is 5th on the all-time list for switch-hitters. I knew 3 above him—-Mantle, Murray and Chipper Jones. I could not remember #4. Thanks to my friend Josh “The Yankee Truth” Imboden for letting me know Lance Berkman retired with 361 HR.
The Yanks got a break in the fourth, and it helped them win the game. McCann and Solarte walked, then a force out. 1st & 3rd, one out. Cervelli hit into what was originally called a DP. Girardi challenged, and the call was overturned. Cervelli was safe. 3-1. Farrell (Boston mgr.) ejected. But in straining to touch the bag, Cervelli was hurt. Romine or Murphy up soon?
Later, Solarte got hurt doing the same thing—straining for the bag, but he stayed in the game. Good thing. Roberts has back issues. Jeter didn’t play because of a strained quad. The team is fragile. There could be a couple of call ups soon, and I really don’t like the minor league situation. The best call up if they need an infielder would be Scott Sizemore for 3b. After that, …. it depends on who all is hurt.
Meanwhile Carlos Beltran had to go to 1B tonight. Ichiro to RF. This would actually prove to be a lucky break later when Ortiz hit one that Ichiro caught. Should have been a double. Beltran would not have got it. Ichiro did. Later in the same inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases but Phelps got a K to get out of it. Without Ichiro’s catch, no zero on the scoreboard.
Now to check on the injuries.
At 7-6, the Yanks are tied for first w/Toronto and Tampa in what looks to be a very tight division. Long way to go.
Yanks off Monday. Cubs in Tuesday.