Grandy, Nova Help Yanks End SkidPosted: May 7, 2011
Hey everyone, sorry I wasn’t able to get a game recap up for Thursday’s game and a series preview for the weekend series, but I have been very busy. All of that is over though and here I am. This weekend, the Yankees are taking on the Texas Rangers in a three game set in their first time out to the west coast. After a hot start, Texas has kind of faltered as they have lost seven of their last ten and are now only tied for second in the AL West. The Yanks sent the hot Ivan Nova to the the bump while Matt Harrison toed the rubber for the Rangers. The Bombers would take it 4-1.
The one thing that has been consistent over the past few weeks for the Yanks has been their starting pitching. It has been surprisingly very good, Ivan Nova especially. In his last two starts, he pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in his career. Last night, was the best start of his career.
He pitched into the eighth inning and had the Rangers guessing all night. I guess the extra work with Freddy Garcia has been paying off. Nova’s final line was 7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K while throwing 98 pitches (62 strikes). Sure he had only one strikeout, probably the only thing I can pick apart, but still fantastic performance.
With runners on first and second in the eighth with one out, Joe Girardi went to Rafael Soriano to get out of it. He struck out the first hitter on three pitches, then gave up an RBI single to allow on of Nova’s runners to score. He then got a fly out to end it. I thought he looked pretty good. Then, of course, Mariano Rivera came in and nailed down his twelfth save of the season in 1-2-3 fashion and also struck out two. I love it.
There is no denying it: the Yankee offense has been horrendous over the last week. Well, Curtis Granderson decided to put it on his back last night. He hit two homer, one of the 2-run variety and another solo. He now has ten homers and it would really be big for this offense if he could sustain this power.
Other than that, things were very quiet against Matt Harrison. Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira both went 0-for-4 and Andruw Jones and Jorge Posada each went 0-for-3 with a walk. Russell Martin had a nice little game also going 0-for-1 with three walks and a run scored, but got picked off of third in the ninth inning.
So obviously this was a great night for the Yankees. They not only snapped a three-game losing streak, but they played a very solid game. Tonight, these same two teams will play the second game of the series as Bartolo Colon will take on Derek Holland of the Rangers. First pitch at 8:05 on YES.