Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Before last night, you had to go all the way back to 2008 to see the Yankees score 14 runs in a game at Yankee Stadium -- Xavier Nady was a Yankee and drove in six runs in the game. Alfonso Soriano also drove in six runs last night, hitting a pair of homeruns in the Yankees 14-7 win over Angels.

CC Sabathia grinded through six innings, giving up three runs on three hits, while somehow walking six and striking out seven. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game that CC should have gone at least eight innings, but a pitch count of 110 held him to only six innings.

Dellin Betances made his 2013 debut with two outs in the 8th inning, throwing one pitch before a 26-minute rain delay. When play resumed, he threw two more pitches to strike out Grant Green. Then opened the 9th with a strikeout, but the wheels fell off, as he would give up four runs on five hits and a walk, including a three runs homerun to Mike Trout.

Tonight's Lineup, 7:05 EST @ Yankee Stadium:

Gardner CF
Suzuki RF
Cano 2B
Rodriguez 3B
Granderson DH
Soriano LF
Overbay 1B
Nunez SS
Stewart C
Nova RHP

Pitching Preview:

Next to Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova has been absolutely dominant since the start of July, tossing six consecutive quality starts with a 1.60 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 45 innings during that span.

Although Nova is 3-2 over his last starts starts, he's gone at least seven inning in every outing, tossing seven innings in each of his last four, giving up a combine five runs total.

"I've been pitching really good," Nova said after his last start. "I've been feeling really good with all of my pitches, working both sides of the plate to righties and lefties and getting quick outs."

His last start was a no-decision against the Detroit Tigers last Friday, permitting just one run on eight hits, while walking two and striking out seven. He took home the no-decision because Mariano Rivera blew the save in the 9th, setting up a walk-off single by Brett Gardner in the bottom of the 10th.

Nova will be going up against the Angels ace, Jered Weaver, who's been just as good as Nova has been since the start of July, posting a 1.72 ERA in his last nine starts.

"He's very comfortable in how he's throwing the ball," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think he's pitching as well as he did at any time last year, which was obviously his best year."

Weaver was very good in his last outing against the Cleveland Indians, tossing seven innings of two-run ball, serving up six hits, no walks with six punchouts.

"He was on an incredible run last year that lasted for most of the season," Scioscia said. "I think right now he's very, very comfortable. He's not just coming off the DL, but he's had time to work his way into his game, and his stuff and that took a little while."

Up now: My story on Alex Rodriguez just not being able to win with Yankees fans.


Post a Comment