If it weren’t for a base-running mistake by Carl Crawford, the Yankees could have lost game in which they had a 6-0 lead and fallen a game-and-a-half out of first place.
Ivan Nova cruised through the first four innings using 50 pitches last night, but the third time through the order he fell apart. He allowed five of his six hits in the inning, including a first-pitch homer to Carlos Pena, a double and three singles.
It would’ve been extremely impressive for Nova to complete five innings of shutout ball against the second-best team in baseball. I wonder if he had a different mindset pitching with a six-run lead. I knew I would. However, I usually felt more comfortable with a lead and was less likely to lose my stuff.
Here’s what you need to know about Andy Pettitte’s rehab start for the Trenton Thunder last night:
“I'll pitch Sunday in Baltimore,” Pettitte told reporters after his start in Altoona, Pa. “That will give me three starts.”
Well, that’s not all you need to know. Joe Girardi hasn’t announced Sunday’s starter yet, and that’s really what it comes down too.
“That's something we'll have to discuss, see how he feels,” Girardi said.