Oh what a difference a couple of days make. On Monday, the Yankees beat the Orioles 2-1 to pull within half a game of Baltimore for second place in the AL East. Since then, Baltimore has outscored New York 12-1 on the strength of strong pitching performances by Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta. Buck Showalter’s club won easily on Wednesday evening, despite a close game early, moving to 16-9 on the season.
Ivan Nova, with his 15-game winning streak on the line, worked out of several jams in his second start against Baltimore. Keeping his team in the game through six innings with far from his best stuff, Nova finally imploded in the seventh inning, allowing five runs in six and a third frames.
It could have been worse. Nova allowed five baserunners in the first two innings but worked out of trouble. After a strong third, he led off the fourth inning by surrendering a solo home run to Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, Wieters’ seventh of the season.… Click here to read the rest