Morrow was impressive. He not only shut the Yankees out through seven innings, but he was economical, and most importantly he showed he could pitch without just striking everyone out. It sucked watching the Yankees offense struggle like that, but you need to tip your cap when you see a performance like that.
The Yankees did give him a little trouble in the seventh when Robinson Cano doubled and Nick Swisher walked to start off the inning. Morrow got three quick outs to maintain his shutout though. That was his final inning, but by that time the Jays had a 5-0 lead.
They got that lead because Nova really didn’t pitch well. Correction, he pitched great most of the time, but twice he made a couple of mistakes and it cost him two runs each time. He’s got the talent, but he really needs to step up his consistency. At this point it’s possible that he’s skipped in his next start if it is a do-or-die game.
One good thing about this game was that David Aardsma finally made his Yankee debut. He pitched for the first time in two full years following hip and then Tommy John Surgery. He was expected to be rusty and he was as he gave up a homer to the second batter he faced. He threw hard though and there were things to feel positive about. He doesn’t really have a shot to make the playoff roster anyway.
The Orioles had the night off so the Yankees lead in the East drops to just one-game. They still have three games against the Blue Jays this weekend, who they have nine wins and now five losses against this season, and the Red Sox for three games starting Monday.