Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ivan Nova Pitches a Gem Against Orioles
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

August 31st, 2013

Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Orioles 0 Yankees 2

The New York Yankees were able to pick up their second straight win and win the series against the Orioles at home behind a great start from Ivan Nova. The win moves the Yankees to (72-63), which is four games behind the two Wild Card spots in the American League.

For the Yankees in this win it was all about Ivan Nova, who was sensational on Saturday afternoon, while earning his eighth win of the season. Nova threw a complete game shutout, as he only allowed three hits and one walk, while striking out five. The scariest moment of the game for Nova came in the ninth inning with a runner on, as Chris Davis hit a fly ball to the warning track in Right Field, but luckily the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium held it in.

Orioles Starter Scott Feldman certainly pitched well enough to earn a victory in this game, but with no run support due to the great start from Nova he was handed his fourth loss. The only mistake by Feldman came in the first inning, as Brett Gardner hit a lead-off double, and then he was driven in by a Robinson Cano double. Feldman finished up going seven innings allowing just the one run on six hits and one walk, while striking out five batters.

The final run of the game came also from the bat of Robinson Cano against Troy Patton, as in the eighth inning he hit his 25th home run of the season, which gave Nova a nice insurance run as he looked to finish up the complete game.

Notably for the Yankees in this game was the absence of Alex Rodriguez, who sat out from this game with the flu.

Next up the Yankees will be looking for the sweep as two lefties will battle on the hill, with the Yankees sending Andy Pettitte (10-9, 4.05) against Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 3.76).

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