Just like the headline says, Ivan Nova dominated over eight innings, Robinson Cano hit three-run homer before Lyle Overbay hit a grand slam and the Yankees beat the Royals 8-1 in the Bronx on Wednesday night.
Nova was just as good or better than his last start when he tossed a complete game. He held the Royals to just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six. He had five 1-2-3 innings and probably could have pitched the ninth, but Joe Girardi probably didn’t want to tire him out needlessly with a big lead. Joba came in for the ninth inning and
helped his trade value slightly pitched a scoreless frame.
The Yankees got that big lead starting in the first inning when Brett Gardner scored on a passed ball to make it 1-0. It became 4-0 in the third when Cano hit a ball to center field that just kept carrying. Overbay put the cherry on top with a grand slam in the sixth that made it 8-0.
• Nova’s ERA is down to 3.63 on the season which is pretty good. He’s got a 2.45 ERA with a 8.6 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 in 29.1 innings since he got recalled from the minors. It’s hard to imagine David Phelps getting his spot back in the rotation at this point.
• Joba hasn’t been charged with an earned run in his last four appearances, but it’s just three innings. Anything to give teams a sense of hope in him though.
• Brett Gardner left the game with a shin contusion after getting hit with a pitch. X-Rays were negative though and he’s considered day-to-day. He didn’t immediately leave the game, but I imagine that he’ll at least get a day or two off. He’s obviously important to this team and they really can’t lose him.
• Travis Hafner left the game early with a foot contusion. Same deal, X-Rays negative and he’s day-to-day. Hopefully he gets better, but that’s certainly not a big loss.
• After a hot start, Zoilo Almonte has hit just .244/.279/.268 in 11 games. It’s a small sample size, but so was his first 10 games. As Michael Kay often points out, he doesn’t look overmatched though so hopefully he keeps getting playing time. He is struggling big time against lefties though, hitting just .235/.263/.235 against them in 19 plate appearances so far.
• Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s now hit just .267/.235/.267 in five games since returning. That’s obviously too small a sample size to worry about (not like we expect a lot from him anyway), but I just wanted to point it out because his OBP is actually lower than his batting and slugging. Not an easy thing to accomplish. Maybe take a pitch or two?
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