Nova struggles as Mets win 7-6 on walk-off HR
This was Ivan Nova‘s final Spring Training start of the season and although you would like to say “it’s just Spring Training,” Nova was knocked around as the Mets were able to defeat the Yankees 7-6 in a walk-off fashion.
Ivan Nova lasted 2.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. His stuff just wasn’t there. David Phelps helped the Yankees, pitching 1.1 and only allowing a hit, D.J Mitchell pitched 3 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits, Pat Venditte pitched 2/3 of an inning getting both batters he faced, Branden Pinder also faced 2 batters and retired them both and Mark Montgomery only threw 4 pitches before he allowed the game winning HR.
THE GOOD: Yankees were able to rally back to get the lead for the moment. Nick Swisher was the main hitter for the Yankees going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. David Phelps continues to have a good Spring and did a great job cleaning up Ivan Nova’s little mess. If Phelps is fighting for a job in the bullpen then he certainly is doing a good job at it.
THE BAD: Aside from David Phelps, Pat Venditte & Branden Pinder, the remaining pitchers gave up runs. Ivan Nova was the main culprit, letting the Mets get to him since the first inning. Another bad move was made by manager Joe Girardi. Instead of leaving Pinder for the final 2 outs of the game, he changed pitchers and allowed the Mets to win the game on a walk-off HR. If he was trying to manage from the binder then he needs to stop. He is the manager. The binder is just a bunch of papers with numbers on it.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees (and Mets) will all head to Tampa one last time to face one another, this time on the Yankees home turf. Andy Pettitte will pitch in an inning (he won’t start the game though) and the Yankees will have their A-List lineup out for the Mets. After the game, the Mets will head to New York to face the Braves on Thursday while the Yankees will take a bus trip to Tropicana Field where they will face the Rays on Friday
Posted on April 3, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged Andy Pettitte, Branden Pinder, D.J. Mitchell, David Phelps, Ivan Nova, Joe Girardi, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher, Pat Venditte. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.