San Francisco Giants 0 — New York Yankees 6
Ivan Nova was brilliant in today’s 6-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.
As the Yankees continue to cling to postseason hopes, the start by Ivan Nova today is a great step in the right direction. In the first inning, Gregor Blanco would get a bloop single by Nova would strand him as well as get the first of his seven strikeouts. In the game, only two Giants reached second base, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt on doubles but that was as close as the Giants got to scoring.
In the third inning, Mark Reynolds became the first baserunner with a bloop single over the head of shortstop Brandon Crawford. Brendan Ryan would follow with a line drive single to put two on with no out. Chris Stewart would be walked and the bases were loaded for Ichiro Suzuki. The Yankees rightfielder would make the productive out, flying to center field, allowing Reynolds to score the first run of the game. Brendan Ryan and Chris Stewart would also move up a base on the play to put two more runners in scoring position. Alex Rodriguez would also hit the productive ground out needed to score the second run of the game. Robinson Cano would hit a clean single and the Yankees would give Ivan Nova three runs of support. More than enough with the way he was pitching.
In the fourth inning, Eduardo Nunez would hit his second home run of the season. Curtis Granderson was on base so the two-run home run extended the lead to five. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong would be replaced to start the sixth inning and Guillermo Moscoso took over. The first pitch that Moscoso threw to open the inning was to Alfonso Soriano and Soriano would give him a rude greeting to the ball game. The no doubt 34th home run of the season put the Yankees ahead by six.
Not seen in the box score is the range of Brendan Ryan. In the game, Ryan was a part of nine defensive outs. Several of these plays displayed range when Brendan Ryan would make the play on the second baseman’s side of second base. The defense was a valuable asset in the acquisition of Brendan Ryan.
While it has been evident that Alfonso Soriano has been a potent offensive threat since his acquision, the statistics make it resounding. In 93 games with the Cubs, Alfonso Soriano hit 17 home runs while having 51 RBI. In just 52 games with the Yankees, he has already hit 17 home runs and has 50 RBI.
Win – Ivan Nova (9-5)
Loss – Ryan Vogelsong (3-6)
*Brandon Belt – 2 for 4, 2B
*Pablo Sandoval – 2 for 3, 2B
*Robinson Cano – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI (105)
*Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 3, R, BB, Solo Home Run (2) in the 4th, RBI (25)
Current Yankees Record: 82-73
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