Whenever Ivan Nova pitches well, I am usually tempted to quote lyrics from "Supernova" by Liz Phair but then I realize what that song is about and I don't want people to get the wrong idea about me. So instead of doing that, I'll do this:
How good was Nova tonight? Well, he pitched eight strong innings and gave up one run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. In his last three games, he's 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA; he's pitched 29.1 innings, has given up six walks, struck out 28 and has held opposing batters to .202.
The other big story of the game was the offense, the much maligned offense that I slandered in my game thread, exploded for eight runs. Well, okay, it was really the Robinson Cano and Lyle Overbay show. Both hit home runs - Overbay's was an opposite field grand slam - and Cano finished the night 3-4.
Cano's three-run homer came in the third inning and Overbay's slam came in the sixth. Wade Davis was charged with all eight runs. He lasted five innings, gave up six hits, walked three and struck out six.
And thanks to his big night, Cano is now at .299.
Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless ninth inning in what most figured was a trade audition. He gave up one hit and faced four batters.
Some notes from Jeff Quagliata:
- Nova with a win in back-to-back starts for the first time since May 25 - June 17, 2012 when he won 5 straight starts.
- Overbay has now matched his HR total from the previous 2 seasons combined (2 in 2012 & 9 in 2011)
- Overbay's grand slam was only the second one hit by the Yankees this year. Mark Teixeira had the other one.
- Overbay hadn't hit one since 2006.