Super Nova makes dazzling debut as Yankees beat Orioles 6-2
The Yankees (1-3) knew that it wasn’t a time to panic when they entered Camden Yards. The Yankees had been 0-3 before in 1998 which led them to the World Series later that year. Tonight as they faced Brian Matusz on the mound, the Yankees bats were alive and Ivan Nova dazzled as the Yankees defeated the Orioles (3-1) 6-2.
SUPER NOVA DAZZLED: Ivan Nova had all of his pitches working for him. He had the dancing slider, the dancing curveball and he was able to spot his fastball on both sides of the strike zone. Although Nova gave up 10 hits, the 10 hits didn’t matter since all the Orioles were able to get were a measly 2 runs.
JETER GOES 4-4: Derek Jeter continues his hot hitting for the Yankees, going 4-4 in the game. Jeter raised his batting average to .412 and Jeter doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.
GARDNER MAKES A CASE: Brett Gardner wasn’t originally in the Yankees lineup vs. Brian Matusz but he came in the game in the bottom of the 6th inning as a defensive replacement. His offense and defense was impressive today as he went 1 for 2 with a SB and an RBI. Gardner also made a catch that not many other outfielders in the game could have made to end the game for Mariano Rivera. Maybe Girardi might want to reconsider having him in the lineup more often.
ROBERTSON GETS A BIRTHDAY APPEARANCE: On David Robertson‘s 26th Birthday last year, he was able to get the relief win for the Yankees. On David Robertson‘s 27th Birthday, he made an 8th inning relief appearance and although Robertson was in a little jam, he was able to get out of it with 2 strikeouts and a ground ball. (Oh, and the fact that he was able to make Nick Markakis argue with the home plate umpire was an amusing bonus for Yankees fans.)
GRANDERSON’S BAT IS ICE COLD: Curtis Granderson started last season with red hot hitting, but this season started out with an ice cold bat. Granderson was 1 for 4 with a BB but his overall average is .188. We all know Granderson is better than this. All he has to do is figure out how to not hit into the shift and everything will work out fine.
PETTITTE HAS ANOTHER OUTING: No, Andy Pettitte isn’t in the Bronx, but he made an outing for the Tampa Yankees and I must say it was quite impressive. His final line was: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB. Looks like Andy Pettitte will be in the Bronx before we know it. No word when his next start is.
WHAT’S NEXT: Game 2 in Camden Yards will have Freddy Garcia on the mound making his season debut! Hopefully the Yankees can continue their hitting and get another win vs. the Orioles! The game is on MY9 tomorrow at 7:05pm.
YANKEES FACT: After tonight’s win, the Yankees are 101-55 in Camden Yards.