The good news is that Michael Pineda looked more like the good version of Big Mike that we want to see last night. The bad news is that Ivan Nova stinks in the bullpen just as much as he did in the rotation. The bad outweighed the good last night as the Yankees dropped the middle game of this 3-game road set. Pineda was seemingly in trouble all night, but for the most part he managed to avoid turning it into big trouble. He worked around 2 singles in the 1st inning, gave up a run on a walk and a double in the 2nd, and pitched around 2-out baserunners in the 4th and 6th. The pothole in the road was the Ronald Torreyes throwing error that allowed a run to score in the bottom of the 5th, but that was set up by a leadoff walk and another double. It was walks, doubles, and well-timed double plays all night for Pineda. A few things go differently and maybe he finishes his 6 innings with 1 run against him.
The Yankee bats mustered up a pair of runs on an Aaron Hicks ribbie groundout and a Mark Teixeira solo home run that briefly brought them back within a run in the 8th inning. But then Nova entered and put the game out of reach. Double, wild pitch, double, groundout to advance, single, double, sac fly, HBP, single in a 20-pitch span and the Blue Jays had driven their lead to 7-2. Nova was missing with his fastball and the Toronto hitters were looking to swing early on him. Not a good combination.
- Seriously, the Jays were smacking doubles all night. They had 10 hits as a team and 6 of them were doubles. Torreyes had the only double for the Yanks.
- Pineda really had his slider working last night and he used that to get most of his 6 strikeouts. He also got 16 swings and misses on 105 pitches, so all in all last night was a good night for him. 2 of the 3 runs he gave up came on a bad throw and a GIDP.
- Congrats to Aaron Hicks for his first RBI as a Yankee.
- With the homer and a walk, Teix is hitting .240/.345/.600 in the early going. Like he never skipped a beat from the injury.