Martin, Bullpen Solid In Yanks 9-4 Win Over SoxPosted: April 9, 2011
After yesterday’s terrible performance by Phil Hughes in which the Yankees needed to get seven innings out of their bullpen, there was certainly some doubt in the air entering today’s game with the youngster Ivan Nova on the mound. However, even with a spotty performance from Nova, the pen stepped up in a 9-4 win in the second game of the series.
Today was no different for Ivan Nova than any other outing in his career. He flew through his first three innings, only allowing one run, but ran into trouble in the fourth allowing a two-run double to Dustin Pedroia and in the fifth, putting runners on first and second and only recording one out before handing it over to the bullpen. His final line was four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three. It could have been a lot worse, but a better performance would have been great.
When Nova did turn it over to the bullpen, David Robertson, who has warmed up in every game this season, came on and was fantastic. He went 1.2 perfect innings and struck one out, living up to his ability to get out of big jams.
Joba Chamberlain then came on for the seventh and was electric as he struck out two while facing Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, and David Ortiz. Luis Ayala then came on to shut the door pitching two scoreless innings. What really made the Yanks pen effective today was not using Boone Logan. That seems to be the formula for success.
The two new additions led the Yankee offense today. Russell Martin had two homers, one solo and a three-run shot and Eric Chavez, who got his first start as a Yankee at designated hitter, went three for five with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored. Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson added homers of their own that distanced the Bombers from the Red Sox and allowed Joe Girardi to use the bullpen a little more loosely. Unfortunately, Brett Gardner went 0 for 5 continuing his slumping ways and is now batting .192.
So after a tough day yesterday, the Yanks were able to bounce back nicely and win a big game, something that’s always nice to see. Tomorrow night will be the deciding game in the series as the Bombers will look to take their third straight series to start out the year. It will be CC Sabathia against Josh Beckett with first pitch at 8:05 on ESPN.