Kicking off a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians in New York City, the Yankees were unable to continue their winning ways as they fell to the Tribe 3-2.
Tonight’s matchup lacked offense as the Indians scored early and the Yankees’ bats didn’t get going until the late innings.
Taking the mound tonight was the 5-4 Ivan Nova. Super Nova was only able to last five innings, striking out four and giving up three runs. In the top of the second, Nova gave up a double to Lonnie Chisenhall which allowed first baseman Carlos Santana to score.
Nova was able to get out of the second but then gave up another run in the third on a Michael Brantley single that scored Jason Kipnis. Once again, Nova was able to get out of the inning with only one run but again gave up a run the next inning. In the fourth, a ground ball single by Jose Ramirez allowed Abraham Almonte to score.
Down 3-0, the Yankees finally got on the board when Alex Rodriguez blasted his 26th home run of the year. The solo shot cut the lead to 3-1, but the Yankees weren’t able to put anything together until the ninth.
The Indians threatened to add more runs in the eighth inning. With one out and runners on first and second, pitcher Chris Capuano was able to get out the next two batters and kept the Yanks in position for a comeback.
The Yankees were finally able to cut the lead once again in the bottom of the ninth, but not before some theatrics from Joe Girardi who was thrown out of the game for arguing the strike zone.
After an A-Rod single and steal, Carlos Beltran hit a single that scored Rodriguez. Down 3-2, with runners on second and third with two outs, Didi Gregorius stepped up to the plate but flied out to right field.
Unfortunately, the Yankees once again fell victim to not being able to score runs early in the game. While Nova didn’t pitch a great game, he only gave up three runs but he didn’t look comfortable out there.
After the game, Girardi said of Nova’s performance, “He just wasn’t as sharp tonight … he just never really got it going.”
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