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has been pitching pretty well of late. He had gotten his ERA below 4.00 prior to yesterday's game, and was the first Yankee starter to 10 wins. But he's never been super effective against the Angels, and that was a trend that he couldn't break yesterday. Nova's command wasn't particularly sharp and he had a short bullpen behind him, which was a shame because the Yankee offense caught Angels' starter Jered Weaver
on a day where he wasn't at his best either. They just couldn't do enough against him to pick up Nova.
- Nova's stuff looked good in the 1st, but he threw a couple of pitches down the middle and gave up solo homers to Erick Aybar
and Albert Pujols
for a 2-0 Angels lead. He was noticeably upset with himself leaving the mound after K'ing Mark Trumbo
- The Yankee offense wasn't going to wait around to strike back in the bottom half. Curtis Granderson
lined a 1-out single on the first pitch, tried to steal on the next pitch, and then trotted home on the pitch after that when Alex Rodriguez
drove it to right for a game-tying 2-run homer.
- One play that helped Nova big time was Curtis' absolutely OUTSTANDING catch for the 2nd out in the top of the 3rd
. Back to the plate, running full speed, and reaching up to make a catch just a step or 2 from the center field wall. For that one play, the C-Grand defensive critics had to suck it.
- From absolutely outstanding to mind-numbingly stupid, the Yankees made the transition smoothly in the bottom of the 3rd. After singling back-to-back with 1 out, A-Rod and Robinson Cano
somehow both managed to get tagged out after Cano was picked off of first base on the old "fake throw to 3rd" play that's being outlawed after this season. There's really no way to explain what happened without using the phrase "fucking stupid" in some fashion.
- Nova worked the next 4 innings scoreless after the 1st, but got into some more trouble in the 6th that gave the Angels a 5-3 lead. I don't care who you are, there's no excuse for giving up home runs to Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis
- On TBS, David Wells
said Curtis was deserving of something at plate after making another nice catch in the 6th, and sure enough he came up in the bottom half of the inning and hit a bomb to right field for his 25th homer and a 1-run deficit.
- The teams traded runs in the 6th to make it 6-5. After Nova left with no outs in the 7th, and with a short bullpen after the previous 2 games, it was Chad Qualls
' job to keep the game close. It was a job he would fail be allowing 3 runs in the 8th, and the Yanks would fail to close out the sweep.