NYY 5, Tampa Bay 3

May 8, 2012 – 10:14 pm

Credit where credit is due — Joe Girardi made a pretty gutsy call, leaving Ivan Nova in to finish the seventh when it sure looked like he was falling apart pretty quickly. A thin 2-run lead became a thinner 1-run lead when Luke Scott homered with one out, then Nova walked a batter and then gave up a double, putting the tying run on third with just one out, and the go-ahead run on second. Seemed like the perfect time to turn things over to the bullpen, and get Nova out of there while he still had a quality start firmly in hand. But Joe stuck by his man, and it paid off handsomely. He got Sean Rodriguez to fly out while the runner held at third, then facing Jose Molina who had homered on him just one inning earlier, Nova struck out Molina to get out of the jam. Girardi’s decision not only netted the Yankees a much needed win, you have to believe it was a huge shot of confidence for Nova, who has struggled of late. Hats off to Girardi — a very good job of managing there.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E SO BB
Rays 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 8 1 13 5
Yankees 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 X 5 8 0 5 3
WP: I. Nova (4-1)   LP: J. Shields (5-1)   S: D. Robertson (1)
QS: NYY – I. Nova (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 2 HR)
QS: TB – J. Shields (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – C. Granderson, R. Ibanez (2), TB– L. Scott, J. Molina
LOB: NYY 5, TB 8   RISP: NYY 1-for-9, TB 0-for-7

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