The first six batters Ivan Nova faced tonight did some damage: single, double, K, 3-Run HR, Groundout HR. Down 4-0, two outs in the first.
The Yanks never recovered, and lost 6-3 to the Orioles tonight, dropping their spring training record to 8-9. Good point from someone on Twitter: Nova did a good job keeping the ball in the park last year, but has given up 4 HR in 9 IP this spring.
Nova went 4, 5 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K. Despite going 16-4 last year, he has options and if he struggles and Pettitte is ready in early May, who knows? Sophomore Jinx?
In the second, Teix doubled (to LCF, a good sign, going the other way against the shift) and scored on a groundout. 4-1. Nova gave up his fifth run in the second, and after two it was 5-1 Birdies.
Dave Phelps went 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, and made an error.
Clay Rapada faced one batter and got a groundout.
D.J. Mitchell went 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
The Yanks got lucky. Robbie Cano took a pitch off the hand. Thankfully, x-rays were negative.
The Yanks scored two in the 7th on a double by DeWayne Wise and a SF by Jose Gil. Wise, a .219 career hitter mostly known for his speed and defense (he saved that Buehrle perfecto with a tremendous catch) is hitting .474 this spring.
George Kontos pitched a 1-2-3 eighth with a K.
Jorge Vazquez is now at .053 for spring training. So much for the remote possibility (after the Montero trade and before the Ibanez signing) that he’d be the DH. Speaking of Ibanez, he was 0 for 3, is down to .065 for the spring, and a friend who has MLB (I don’t) says he hasn’t hit a ball hard all spring and has rarely got around and pulled a ball. I hope that Cashman has Johnny Damon on speed-dial.
The youngster, Mason “Classical Gas” Williams, got a CS, but did get a hit.
The Yanks are off tomorrow, but expect more cuts. Time to get really serious.