This one wasn't pretty. Not that you would or should have expected it to be with the lineup Joe put out there and Ivan Nova on the mound. Oh well, guess we're just going to have to wait until later tonight to clinch that Wild Card home field. Nova was about as sterotypically Nova as he was in his last outing. Threw a lot of pitches, gave up a lot of hits, and got burned by home runs on horribly located pitches. The Orioles got him for a run in the bottom of the 1st on a GIDP after the first 2 batters of the inning singled, another in the 3rd on a ribbie groundout after he hit a batter and Gerardo Parra doubled, and the last in the 5th when Manny Machado finally stopped hitting ground balls and homered off him, Nova created all his own trouble and wasn't consistently good enough to get out of all of it. Nova 101 really.
Nova exited with 2 on and 2 out in the 6th and watched as the batting practice pitcher formerly known as Chasen Shreve further sullied his line. Shreve went single, single, single, wild pitch, walk to the first 4 batters he faced to make it 7-0 Baltimore and put the Yankees out of their misery.
The half-squad offense didn't do much against Wei-Yin Chen. They wasted opportunities with 2 men on in the 3rd and 4th innings and didn't do nearly enough damage against him when he tired in the 7th. After 2 walks sandwiched around a Jose Pirela single, the Yanks pushed across just 2 runs on a ribbie groundout and Rob Refsynder single to center. That was all the offense had to show for its troubles on the day.
Still got the nightcap coming up. We already know there won't be any Gardner, A-Rod, or Headley.
- Chris Young tripled and walked in 3 plate appearances before being replaced. Good to see him swing well against a lefty. He hasn't been as prolific at that in the second half and the Yanks are going to need it in the postseason.
- Luis Severino will start the second game. We'll see how Joe handles his workload with the bulk of the bullpen behind him, especially if the Yankees get a lead.