It was typical bad Nova. He nibbles, leaves pitches up and hitters make him pay. He gets his strikeouts, five today, but wasn’t consistent inning to inning.
Back-to-back singles in the first got him in trouble as the Yankees fell behind 1-0. A walk, stolen base, and a single cost him again in the second to make it 2-0. He made it through the third and fourth, but then again in the fifth Joe Girardi pulled him after a couple of singles before Boone Logan gave up a three-run homer to Fielder.
• I can’t blame Girardi for pulling Nova there. Nova didn’t have it that day and Girardi was trying to salvage what was still a 3-2 lead at the time with a MVP-caliber hitter coming up. He can’t even think about using the long man as Adam Warren pitched more than five innings Wednesday. So the choice is pretty much between Logan or Shawn Kelley and Fielder ended up hitting homers off both of them anyway.
• Kelley gave up a homer to Fielder, he also gave up a solo shot to Alex Avila in the sixth.
• David Robertson pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.
• Brett Gardner scored on a wild pitch before Kevin Youkilis hit his first homer with the Yankees, a two-run shot, that gave the Yankees a short-lived 3-2 lead in the fifth. That was the last of their offense for the day.
• Aside from Youkilis, the Yankees got just four hits and no extra-base hits. This on a day when Doug Fister didn’t have his best stuff.
• Low point in the game: Down 8-3 in the ninth inning, the Yankees send up Ichiro Suzuki, Ben Francisco, and Chris Stewart.
• Eduardo Nunez left the game in the fourth inning after getting hit on the right biceps. After the game Girardi said X-rays were negative and called him day-to-day. Sounds like Nunez might sit a game or two.