Tagged: Ivan Nova

Game 40: It’s about damn time.

Well.  It’s nice to see the Yankees taking care of business for once.  Finally snapping a six-game skid, we got not only great pitching, but offense that didn’t die on the vine.  Ivan Nova pitched 5.1 innings, gave up 1 ER on 4 H, walked two and struck out four.  Our bullpen collectively gave up just 1 ER on 2 H, walked three and struck out three in 3.2 IP.  Very nicely done.  BTW, last night’s game was the 997th game that Mo has pitched in during his career, which means he’s only three more appearances away from 1,000 games pitched.  You don’t see that kind of longevity in closers anymore.

The offense finally showed up and showed up with some authority.  Alex went 2-4 with 2 RBI, both coming on solo HRs, Jorge went 2-3, Gardy went 3-4 with an RBI, and Derek went 1-5 with an RBI which means he’s only 34 hits away from 3,000.  It was nice to see some slumping players get off the schnide, and it was nice to see just a great overall level of participation from everyone.  Let’s continue it for the series against Baltimore, please.

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Our bullpen, Alex, and Jorge Posada.  Good work!


Game 30: Finally.


It ain’t much, but I’ll take it.  We’ve been having a hard time scoring runs while getting great pitching, so when we get a combination of it, you don’t argue if the run scoring output is low. 

Ivan Nova had a great night on the mound, throwing 7.1 innings, giving up only 2 hits and no earned runs, with 0 BB and 1 K.  Soriano pitched well, and Mo came in and notched save #12 for the season, which leaves him only 31 saves away from the all-time record.  I hope he can get it this season.  It would be great, regardless of what the Yankees do as far as the playoffs go. 

Another game, another offensive drought.  Sure we scored four runs, but we also had other opportunities to score a lot more than that, but didn’t capitalize on any of them.  As I said in another write-up, beggars can’t be choosers.  Our only real offensive powerhouse was Curtis Granderson, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI.  Which you’ll notice is 75% of our total runs scored all night.  He was also the only Yankee to get more than one hit.  I just hope that our total runs scored tonight is at least twice what we scored last night.  It would be nice.

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Game 8: The Empire strikes back.


There is no greater feeling in the world as a Yankees fan than either winning the World Series or beating the Red Sox.  I’m sure that Red Sox fans feel the same.  Especially when we can beat them in their park.  In front of their fans.  LOL. 

Ivan Nova got the start this afternoon, and pitched well, but not as well as we’ve seen him pitch this season.  His final line was 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.  Again, not the best start and not a quality start as he didn’t finish at least 6 innings, but it could have been far worse.  Like Phil Hughes yesterday.  Our bullpen though, was fantastic.  Robertson, Chamberlain, and Ayala combined for 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB and 4 K.  Fantastic!

Our offense was pretty damn spectacular, too.  9 ER on 13 H is going to get you a win, unless your pitching is especially horrendous.  Thankfully for us, Buckles the Chimp hasn’t been a solid pitcher this year, and we were able to capitalize on that.  The bottom of our lineup this afternoon had one hell of a game, going a combined 10-21 with 9 RBI.  Robbie Cano went 3-5 with an RBI, Swish went 1-4 with an RBI, Grandy went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Eric Chavez went 3-5 with an RBI and our big hitter Russell Martin went 2-4 with 4 RBI, all of which came on 2 HRs.  Elsewhere, Alex went 2-5 and Derek went 1-4, meaning he’s 67 hits away now from 3,000.  Keep it going, Jetes!

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Game 4: Close shave.

closeshave.jpgWell, this game was a lot closer than I thought it would be, especially after we jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.  We usually play very well against the Twins, both in the regular season and the postseason, so I assumed we’d win, but by at least a larger margin.  Not that I’m necessarily complaining mind you; a win is a win, and I’m grateful for all of them.

Ivan Nova took the hill this evening, making his first start of the 2011 season.  For a lot of Yankees fans, the rotation after AJ is a lot of question marks, and Nova is one of them.  He looked impressive, pitching six innings, giving up 3 ER on 6 H, walking one and striking out three.  I would have liked it if he had a larger lead to work with, especially after the Twins narrowed it to within two, but that’s for the next paragraph.  Joba, Soriano and Mo pitched the final three innings, with Mo netting his 3rd straight save of the season.  Joba was especially impressive this evening, needing only 9 pitches to dispatch the Twins in the 7th.  He’s going to be the key to a functional and powerful bullpen, so let’s hope he keeps it up. 

The bats were rather quiet this evening, with the Bombers netting only four runs on seven hits.  Not quite the bombing range YS was this weekend.  That said, four runs were enough to win, and that’s enough for me.  Alex hit his 2nd HR of the season to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead, and Jorge hit his 4th dinger of the year, to extend our lead to 4-0 in the 2nd.  That was it in the way of offense all night.  The Twins pitching shut us down the rest of the way, though we had several chances to knock in some insurance runs.  I hope that tomorrow’s game is a bit more……lively…..than tonight’s was.

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Game 155: Officially worried.

Sorry for the lateness of the next two posts, I’ve been sick all weekend and haven’t had much energy to do anything, even use the internet.  So there’s that.  Add to all that the fact the Yankees have been playing dismally, and my mood has gone crashing through the foundation of my house more than a few times. 

So let’s look at went wrong with this game — Ivan Nova didn’t exactly set the field on fire; 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB and 2 K.  Our bullpen really wasn’t much better, although on the whole they gave up less runs than he did. 

Then you look at our offense — we didn’t score until the 8th inning.  Alex went 1-3 with another HR, Grandy went 1-3 with 2 RBI and that’s it, folks.  Nothing doing from anyone else.  I’d say it was embarrassing, but we’d need to reinvent the definition.  This is getting old and I’m kind of tired of saying that. 

Game 150: For George.

Tonight, George Steinbrenner was honored by the Yankees with the unveiling of the plaque/monument in Monument Park.  Only an event like this would bring Joe Torre back to Yankee Stadium, in fact it was the first time he’d seen the new stadium.  Don Mattingly was also there, along with countless other Yankee greats like Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra and then dynasty-era Yankees such as David Wells and Tino Martinez.  It was a very lovely and moving ceremony……but I personally think the plaque/monument is garish and too big.  There’s no way anything honoring him should be bigger than the monuments for Miller Huggins, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.  But that’s just me.  With the win tonight, our March to 100 arrives at single digits, and we’re only 9 games away. 

Ivan Nova started the game this evening, and had a shaky outing.  He only went 5.2 innings, gave up 3 ER on 3 H and walked two while striking out four.  That may not sound shaky on paper, but he looked like he was having some issue getting through the top of the 6th.  Our bullpen combined for 6 H, 3 ER and 3 BB…..which isn’t that good.  Thankfully our offense was up to the task.  Also, is anyone worried about Mo or is this just his usual end of the season yips?  I hope whatever is ailing him gets worked out before the playoffs start. 

Our offense definitely showed up last night and it was a good thing that it did, because our pitching coughed up a nice lead we gave ourselves early on.  We had several guys in the lineup have really good nights.  Grandy went 2-3 with 5 RBI, Derek went 2-5 with an RBI, Gazoo went 3-4 and Swish went 2-2 with an RBI.  So seeing our offense really respond to the pitching giving up the ghosts every few innings.  I hope we see this same kind of output tomorrow night. 

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Game 145: It’s about freakin’ time.

Hallelujah!  We finally won a game!  Our long, national nightmare is finally over!  Well, sort of.  We did everything we could to lose the game, but finally decided to just say screw it and win anyway.  Which was damn nice of them, I think.  Our March to 100™ was suspended for a while, but it’s back up and running and sitting at 12.  I don’t know if it’ll get done, but we’ll keep it going anyway. 

Our starting pitching sucked last night.  I’m just going to be honest with you.  We had a 6-0 lead and Nova completed choked it up and after the 5th, we found ourselves down 7-6.  A 6-run lead.  Gone.  Oy vey.  We tied the game the following inning and it stayed tied because our pen managed to not give up any more runs to the damn Rays.  Boone, Joba, Kerry, Dave and Mo all combined for 5.1 innings of two-hit ball.  Now that’s a bullpen.  And it’s good they held the Rays to 7 runs because our offense died until the top of the 10th.  I hope our bullpen keeps up what they’ve been doing and I hope our rotation gets its act together.  The playoffs are coming sooner than we think. 

Well…..6 runs usually should be enough to win a ballgame, unfortunately for us though, we needed two more than that.  Fortunately, we were able to provide those two runs.  A quick run down of the lineup shows a few players that had good/great nights.  Alex went 2-6 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 3-4 with 3 RBI, and Jorge came in as a PH in the 10th and hit the tie-breaking and game-winning HR for the Yanks.  Derek went 2-5, Grandy went 2-5, Mark went 1-5 with an RBI, and Austin Kearns went 1-5.  So the offense had a great game, if only our pitching (aside from the pen) did too.  Let’s do the same tonight and take the series.  I can’t remember the last time we did that. 

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