The Yankees followed their winning formula to perfection on Sunday night to grab the last game against the Red Sox. They did the exact same thing last night to take the first of 4 against the Orioles.
This one was more impressive because it was Ivan Nova doing the starting pitching and not Masahiro Tanaka. Nova surely generated some eye rolls from fans watching at home when he gave up a solo home run to Jonathan Schoop in the top of the 3rd, right after A-Rod gave the Yankees the lead with a solo shot of his own the inning before, but to his credit that was all he allowed. He walked 3, gave up some hard contact, and had to work out of trouble a few times, but 1 run in 6 innings is a damn good job.
After the A-Rod dinger, the Yankee offense came right back in the bottom of the 3rd to regain the lead. Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran singled to put runners on the corners with 1 out and Brian McCann hit a fly ball to center deep enough to score Gardner. A power run and a manufactured run. That was all the Bombers would get against Kevin Gausman and company.
And that was all they would need with the big three available again. Dellin Betances walked 1 in a scoreless frame, Andrew Miller gave up a hit, and Aroldis Chapman touched 105 on the radar gun while somehow not striking anybody out in the 9th. That's 2 straight wins and a trip back to the .500 threshold for the Yanks.
- A-Rod's 2nd inning homer was crushed. He was looking fastball in a fastball count and he pasted it deep into the left field bleachers. If only he could face Gausman more often.
- 3-hit night for Beltran. He's swinging like he wants to make his way onto a real contending team soon.
- Rob Refsnyder got the start at first base again while Teix nurses a sore foot. I imagine that will continue for the next few games at least.
- Second start allowing 1 ER in the last 3 for Nova. I doubt he has any real trade value heading to the deadline, but overall he's pitched better than a few other guys in the rotation the last few turns through.