(Courtesy of the AP)
If you were too distracted by the Ryan Braun
stuff and the conspiracy theory wheels turning about what it means for A-Rod, you didn't miss much. The Yankees pretty much no-showed against a returning Yu Darvish
and the Texas Rangers in the opening game of this 4-game series. The fade is really starting to set in with this crew. If no serious moves are made in the next 9 days, you can put a bow on the season.
- Tough start for Ivan Nova
. In more ways than 1. He gave up an RBI single in the bottom of the 1st after a clearly blown safe call on an Ian Kinsler
stolen base. It would be the only run Texas needed.
- Darvish didn't look to be missing anything after his DL trip, or maybe the Yankee lineup just sucks that bad. The only baserunner he allowed through the first 4 innings was Brett Gardner
on a leadoff HBP.
- Actually not a bad outing for Nova. He was in and out of trouble all night but managed to keep the deficit at just 1 through 5 innings. If he could have thrown a few more early strikes it could have been a different night for him.
- Nova seemed to tire in the 6th, giving up a second run on a walk and a double, and then came out and surrendered the insurance in the bottom of the 7th when he left a fastball up to Nelson Cruz
that Cruz creamed for a HR to center.
- The Yanks put 2 on in the 5th against Darvish, but that was all. He was out after 6 and they didn't generate anything against the Texas bullpen. 9 innings, 28 at-bats, 3 hits. All of them were singles. Pathetic.