Ugliness Abounds

April 15, 2011 – 10:28 pm

Texas, 5, NYY 3. The Yankees battered Ranger pitching for nine hits plus four walks, while Yankee pitchers threw a 4-hitter against the Texas Rangers. So this one must have been an easy win, right? Au contraire, it ended up being one of the ugliest losses in recent memory. Ivan Nova was all over the place with his lack of control, walking five plus hitting a batter in just 4.1 innings. In an unbelievable fifth inning, Nova combined with David Robertson to give up three runs on just one hit, but walked three batters, hit another one, and threw three wild pitches. Last time I saw pitching that bad, I was in fourth grade playing YMCA ball. And the offense was not about to be outdone by the ineptitude on the mound, as they hit in to a franchise record six double plays. Every one of the first six batters in the order hit in to a DP.  Derek Jeter, eat your heart out.

In all this ugliness though, there was one bright spot — Lance Pendleton, a Rule 5 draft pick who wasn’t even on the 40-man roster when the Yankees broke camp, put in what was without a doubt the best performance by a Yankee pitcher all year. Pendleton threw three perfect innings, getting out all nine Rangers he faced without so much as a hard hit ball. It’s going to be interesting to see if this was just a fluke, or whether he has what it takes to pitch at the big league level. He sure looked pretty smooth tonight, with great command within the strike zone. Compared to Ivan Nova, anyways, he sure looked like Cy Young! Box Score | Gameday | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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