Game 130. Nova, Thames, Cervelli lead Yanks to 2-1 win.

…and a rookie shall lead them?

Ivan Nova had his 2nd major league start be as good as the first, and this time, instead of a ND, he wound up with his 1st MLB win.

5 2/3, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 hits, for Nova, 1-0, 1.93.

In case you are wondering, Mel Stottlemyre joined the Yanks Aug. 12, 1964, and started Games 2, 5 and 7 of the WS. Mel was 9-3, 2.06 down the stretch. K-Rod had five MLB games of experience (0-0, 0.00, 5 2/3 IP) when he was in the 2002 postseason for the World Champion Angels. Marty Bystrom made his MLB debut 9/7/80 for the Phillies. He went 5-0, 1.50 and pitched well in the postseason for the Phils that year.

Could Nova follow the same path?

The Red-Hot Marcus Thames Hr’d in the 2nd (9) to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Yanks added a run in the 3rd. Cervelli doubled and Gardner singled him in. That was all the offense the Yanks would muster.

Teixeira, listed in the previous post as playing, was a late scratch. Swish at 1st again, Kearns in RF.

The slumping Jeter went 0 for 4, .270.

The slumping Cervelli had his biggest game in a while. 4 for 4 to get his average up to .253. He also threw a man out stealing at a big moment in the game.

Nova left for Logan (2.59), who faced one batter and gave up an infield hit. Wood came in, a WP and a walk loaded the bases, but he got a groundout to end the 6th. Wood (4.13, combined, but much better with the Yanks) got the first two outs in the 7th. Joba got the last in the 7th and the three outs in the 8th (ERA 4.89). Then Mo. Save #27, 553 of his career and the ERA drops to 1.13.

Tough day for Kearns, who left a few stranded.

Manny is apparently going to Chicago (but not in time for this series). It could be a straight waiver deal, which means all of his salary leaves the Dodgers and is dumped on the White Sox.

It looks like 2 rehab games for Berkman at Trenton, then he’ll rejoin the Yanks.




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