Last night's game started the same way Friday's did, with Alex Rodriguez smacking a 1st-inning home run to give the Yankees an early lead. This game didn't end the same way though, with the Sox getting to Ivan Nova and the Yankee offense never getting going in a series-evening loss. Nova got through the 1st inning 1-2-3, but he was battling through almost every inning from there on out. He needed a big double play to work around leadoff double-single in the 2nd, gave up multiple hits in the 3rd and 4th, and got hit for another double in the 5th. The run against him in the 3rd wasn't all his fault. John Ryan Murphy threw a ball into center field to move Alejandro De Aza to third base and he scored on a groundout in the next at-bat. The go-ahead runs in the 4th were all on Nova. David Ortiz hit a leadoff on a meaty fastball and Hanley Ramirez followed up with a 2-run homer.
After Nova left, the Sox tacked on in the 7th against Adam Warren thanks to Chris Young going "Serpentine Shelly" on a potential flyout and turning it into an RBI triple. Warren walked Brock Holt and gave up a cheap infield single to Xander Bogaerts when the shift failed the Yanks and that plated Boston's fifth run.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner did everything they could to bring the Yankees back. Ellsbury homered in the 6th to make it 3-2 and singled and scored on Gardner's double in the 8th to make it 5-3. The tying run came to the plate in the 9th, but Brian McCann flied out to the deepest part of the park to end the game.
- Ellsbury went 3-4 with the homer and 2 R scored. He also got picked off first base to end the 3rd inning.
- Young also got thrown out trying to steal to end the 2nd. Tough to win when you're giving away multiple outs on the bases.
- 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 11 GB outs, 86 pitches for Nova. He only got 5 swings and misses, so while he's controlling his stuff and throwing strikes right now, he isn't commanding anything where he wants to in and out of the zone to get strikeouts. Hopefully that comes back with time.
- Rob Refsnyder went 0-3 with a clean game at second base in his debut. Got robbed of a hit from what I read.
- A-Rod is on pace to hit 34 homers this season. Just thought everybody should know that.