In his last start, Ivan Nova flirted with disaster against the Houston Astros, but was able to get out of trouble by inducing four double plays. Today, the disaster caught up to Nova as he gave up seven runs in 3.2 IP in a 14-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
While the Yankees’ starter did throw 45 of his 61 pitches for strikes, his location was not pinpoint enough to throw off this O’s lineup that saw everybody get a hit today and eight of their players record a RBI.
The damage got started in the first inning when Nova gave up back-to-back singles to Nick Markakis and Delmon Young. After a Chris Davis sacrifice fly to center field, Adam Jones hit a 2-run homer to dead center field to give the O’s a 3-0 lead. Jones would have four RBI in the game.
Baltimore would tack on a run in the second on a RBI single by Ryan Flaherty to make it 4-1. Then, the O’s broke it open in the fourth inning with three runs, including RBI singles from Delmon Young and Davis. Young would later hit a two-run homer in the top of the 6th. Matt Wieters also had three RBI’s in the win.
This was not the ideal situation for Joe Girardi to use his bullpen, as it is shorthanded due to the loss of David Robertson. Cesar Cabral, who just came up from Triple-A, pitched a 1/3 of an inning. Vidal Nuno came on in the top of the 5th inning and was ineffective, giving up seven runs on eight hits in 3.1 IP. He bit the proverbial bullet for the team today.
For the Yankees, Alfonso Soriano hit his first home run of the season off of Wei Yin-Chen in the bottom of the fourth inning along with a gap double in the 9th inning. Plus, third baseman Yangervis Solarte had two doubles and a RBI in the game. Solarte is hitting .458 on the season.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Kelly Johnson hit his first home run of his Yankees’ career, when he came into the game for Brian Roberts. Francisco Cervelli got his first start at first base, but it was a below average day for him and the Yankees’ defense.
Masahiro Tanaka will make his Yankee Stadium debut tomorrow against Miguel Gonzalez and the Baltimore Orioles (7:05 PM ET, YES). We will see if Tanaka can keep the Orioles from putting up another game of 20+ hits.
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