Where was this version of Ivan Nova when he was in a Yankee uniform? Sheez, when he was traded to Pittsburgh he was pitching to a 4.90 ERA. Since then it’s been 2.75. As they say, good pitching beats good hitting, and this game was just more proof of that. The good news is that Jordan Montgomery gave Nova and the Pirates a run for their money, going six innings and allowing just two runs. Montgomery continues to impress as the number five starter.
So the Yankees end up losing a series after winning three in a row. Hard to complain about that. But now we’ve got Boston and Baltimore coming up. We’ll learn a lot more about just how good (or bad) this team is over the next week.
|WP: I. Nova (2-2) LP: J. Montgomery (1-1) S: T. Watson (6)|
|HQS: NYY – J. Montgomery (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR)|
|HQS: PIT – I. Nova (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR)|
|HR: NYY – J. Ellsbury, PIT – None|
|LOB: NYY 8, PIT 7 RISP: NYY 0-for-6, PIT 1-for-10|