By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
August 3rd, 2013
New York Yankees vs San Diego Padres Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 3 Padres 0
The New York Yankees were able to bounce back in the second game of the series against the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, with a shutout victory. The win moves the Yankees to (57-52), but they were unable to gain any ground in the AL East, as they still sit 8.5 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox.
After getting a horrible start from C.C. Sabathia on Friday night, Ivan Nova was exceptional on Saturday night, and picked up his fifth win of the season. Nova went seven shutout innings allowing only four hits, one walk, and struckout eight batters. With the good start Nova sees his ERA drop to 3.08, as he is quite possibly pitching better than ever right now.
Padres Starter Tyson Ross also had a very good start, but with no run support and one mistake he picked up his fifth loss of the season. Ross went six innings allowing just two runs on three hits, three walks, and had nine strikeouts. The Yankees did however get to Ross in the seventh inning, as it seemed like Ross ran out of steam. After an Alfonso Soriano single to lead off the inning, Curtis Granderson hit a two-run home run, which was his second of the season, and a welcomed sight for Yankees fans. Ross would then walk Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez before being pulled for Nick Vincent, who was impressive getting out of the jam.
In the ninth inning the Yankees would be able to manufacture a insurance run, as Granderson had a single, and then stole his second base of the season. Jayson Nix would then have a clutch two-out RBI single to score Granderson.
The great start from Nova going seven innings made Joe Girardi's job very easy, as he went to his formula of David Robertson leading the way to Mariano Rivera. Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth inning allowing just one hit in route to earning his 25th hold of the season. In the ninth inning Mariano Rivera took just nine pitches to earn his 35th save of the season, as his last season continues to be extremely impressive.
The rubber-game of the three-game series will feature two pitchers, who were though to be the future of the Yankees, as Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.58) will be facing his former teammate Ian Kennedy (3-8, 5.23), as Kennedy is making his debut with the Padres.