I'm on vacation, so you get the short version of this recap. There couldn't have been 2 different types of lefties on the hill yesterday. Matt Moore was the big kid with the monster stuff; Vidal Nuno was the small, unassuming kid with the average stuff. Looking at the numbers, you'd be hard pressed to guess which one was which yesterday as Nuno stood toe-to-toe with Moore and gave his team a great chance to win. He didn't come away with the W, but his team did enough late to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat.
- The Yanks used a familiar formula to get their first run in the top of the 1st- Brett Gardner leadoff double, Travis Hafner RBI single.
- Nuno was steady through 4 innings and never in trouble. He gave up the game-tying run in the bottom of the 5th on a pair of doubles.
- Moore didn't allow another run after the 1st, but he wasn't as dominant as he was last time against the Yanks and New York made him work in his 6 innings before getting into the bullpen.
- The bullpen let down Nuno big time in the 7th after he left. Shawn Kelley gave up a double, Boone Logan gave up a single, and it was 3-1 Rays. Preston Claiborne came in and got out of the jam.
- The Yanks were down to their last out in the 9th against Fernando Rodney, and apparently that was the way they liked it. Lyle Overbay walked, Brennan Boesch doubled, Brett Gardner singled, and we were going to extras tied at 3.
- After Ivan Nova pitched a shaky 10th, Overbay came back around again in the top of the 11th and hit a go-ahead solo HR, his 8th of the season, setting the stage for another Mariano Rivera save and a great team win.
- Gardner: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 LOB. Got the scoring started in the 1st and got the game-tying hit in the 9th. That's a solid pair of bookend ABs.
- Nuno: 6+ IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Could have escaped with just 1 ER and the win if the 'pen held it down for him in the 7th. Regardless, it was another typical Nuno outing. He isn't flashy by any means, but Nuno can get it done.
- Overbay: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 LOB. If you're only going to get 1 hit, better make it the game-winning one.
- Vernon Wells: 0-5, 3 LOB. Couple of tough days for Wells.
- Jayson Nix: 1-5, 3 K, 2 LOB, 1 SB. Not a good player.
Series finale is today and CC Sabathia is on the mound to try to complete the sweep. Tampa sends out Alex Cobb.