It's only fitting that the Yankees won tonight's game by a score of 4-2 while every player was wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, the man Robinson Cano, who hit the go ahead home run was named after. Oh, and of course, future Hall of Famer and the man who will be the last player to ever wear #42, Mariano Rivera, was the one who came in to get the 611th save of his career. Ivan Nova managed to pitch five innings. He wasn't great, he wasn't terrible but he was serviceable and he earned his first win of 2013. Like I said in the game thread, instead of hoping for Super Nova, I wanted him to be "Good Enough To Win Nova," and he was. He pitched five innings, gave up two runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out six.
Cano, who hit what would be the game winning home run in the fourth off Diamondbacks' starter Brandon McCarthy, has been on fire in his last six games. He's batting has four doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI.
After Nova exited the game, Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Rivera shut the door. They combined to throw four innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts (two by Logan and one by Rivera).
Other notable numbers:
- Travis Hafner hit two doubles in his four at bats.
- Chris Stewart, Kevin Youkilis and Cano all finished with two hits.
- The only batter without a hit was Vernon Wells.
- Eduardo Nunez returned to the lineup and hit a sacrifice fly to put the Yankees up two runs in the bottom of the seventh
The Yankees are now 7-5 on the season.