Yankees’ offense impressive in 11-5 win

Ivan Nova started the game and once again benefited from his team scoring a lot of runs. He lasted six innings and gave up eight hits while walking two. Nova gave up four runs including two homers while striking out eight Angels. His outing wasn’t the best we’ve seen from Nova, but on this night, it was enough for the win. The win was Nova’s fourteenth straight winning decision in a row. He has not lost a game since June 4, 2011.

The Yankees brought in Rafael Soriano to start the seventh inning with the score, 8-4. But Soriano did not have a good outing to say the least. He walked his first batter and sandwiched another walk and two hits around two hard hit outs. Joe Girardi had seen enough when the Angels had closed the game to 8-5 and still had the bases loaded. Girardi brought in David Robertson. Who else would you want with the bases loaded? And it worked as Robertson induced Mark Trumbo to fly out weakly to right to end the threat.

The game’s momentum had seemingly pushed toward the Angels as that team had scored four runs over the previous three innings to get within three of the Yankees. Robinson Cano walked after Alex Rodriguez grounded out to start the bottom of the seventh. Cano then stole second during a Mark Teixeira strikeout. Nick Swisher had a big two-out single to score Cano and make it a four-run lead again. The Angels then brought in Jason Isringhousen to face Raul Ibanez and that didn’t work out at all as the Yankees’ designated hitter simply crushed a fastball middle-in for the game breaker.

That ended the scoring as Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth and Boone Logan cleaned up by striking out the side in the ninth.

Aside from Soriano, the Yankees bullpen held the game while Angels’ relievers pitched five and a third innings and gave up six runs. And those bad innings followed a terrible first start of the season for Jerome Williams who only lasted two and two-thirds innings and gave up five runs.

The win pushed the Yankees record to 5-4 and pushed the team into a three-way tie for first place in the American League East.

Curtain calls:

Derek Jeter: Jeter continues his hot hitting and after his two for five game with a double and a homer, now leads the team with a 1.005 OPS.

Raul Ibanez: The Yankees’ designated hitter drove in three runs in the game, the first one and the last two on that mammoth homer.

Robinson Cano: Cano went two for three and walked twice. He scored three runs and stole a base.

David Robertson: That was a big out in the seventh to clean up Soriano’s mess.

Bronx cheers:

Rafael Soriano: The seventh inning went about as bad as a relief outing can get. Brutal outing.

There is the temptation to add Alex Rodriguez here as he went one for five and left a lot of runners on base. But he made three terrific plays in the field at third base. One, a sprawling stop and throw, saved a struggling Nova at a critical time.

Up next:

The Minnesota Twins come into town and the Yankees will again be the host team for a game televised on ESPN. It will be Freddy Garcia facing Carl Pavano in the series opener for a 7:05 game time.

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

12 thoughts on “Yankees’ offense impressive in 11-5 win

  1. DustyYF

    It was one cheap home run from being a great outing for Nova. He was inconsistent from inning to inning, but I'd say it was one that overall made me more confident in him rather than less.

    • williamjtasker

      I agree. He wasn't as efficient in this game and struggled a bit with location. But it was certainly better and more resilient than Hughes' outing.

    • joeinator24

      I agree, Nova has a certain confidence about him. And i like your blog!

  2. Eli

    I've noticed Nova has a hard time adjusting after a long rest period. His last two innings were the case as the Yankees had a couple of big innings. Nova seems to take a while before he get going again after those long innings. In previous starts I've seen the same happen.

  3. BrienJackson

    Didn't help that the ball was carrying crazy well to right. The first inning Kendrick triple, in particular, really had no business going all the way to the wall.

  4. I barked out a loud "holy?!$&@" when Ibanez hit that. The Torii Hunter expression was priceless

    • jay_robertson

      Yup – didn't he just watch the first two go by, and then swat the next one to the third deck? I'm far from a fan, but I was impressed.

      • Matt

        It went into the suite just below the third deck.

        • jay_robertson

          sry – looked high; having never been there, and not knowing the architecture, it LOOKED like the third deck. Awfully high, wherever it ended up.

  5. Rich7041

    If Ibanez can hit for some power (wow!) and drive in runs, even with the low average, I'll be OK with it. Not satisfied, but OK. And A-Rod's fielding as well as Cano's patience at the plate were nice developments.

    • jay_robertson

      Yes to Cano; didn't you love the graphic they did for Cano, showing where he was hot, and where he wasn't? I swear, ESPN must have been on a 3 minute delay – it was a great call. First two pitches were where his average was under .250, and he did nothing with them. Last pitch – in a sector where he's batting around .400 – and he nailed it.

      The producer had to be ecstatic.

  6. John

    I heard that Nova was feeling ill that day, but battled through it. Anyone else hear that as well? If so, it is even more impressive that he got through the start with a win.

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