When the Yanks got Aroldis Chapman, games like this were what they were thinking of.
For the first time this season, the Yanks won a game by the book, the way they drew it up when the trade for Chapman was made.
Meaning, the starter gets into the sixth, then the mighty trio of Betances, Miller and Chapman close it out.
Ivan Nova, who we know is so inconsistent, had a good outing, giving up just one run in 5 2/3 innings, a solo HR in the fourth.
The Yanks had already scored two in the second on a two-out walk to Headley, an RBI double by Hicks and an RBI single by Didi, who was 3 for 3 and who had 60% of the Yanks’ hits for the game. All five of the Yanks’ hits came from the bottom of the order at 7-8-9. They caught a bad break when Romine then doubled, but it was a ground rule double, holding Didi at third before Gardner made the last out.
But those two runs would be all they would get and need. The win makes the Yanks 15-20.
Small bites, as Joe Torre would say. The first goal is to get back to .500.
Nova (w, 2-1, 3.70) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Betances (H, 8) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 4 K. Struck out all 4 batters he faced. 2.20
Miller (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.61
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.00