Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Postgame notes: O-for-Texas
By Wallace Matthews
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Quick, who was the last right-handed Yankees hitter to get a hit off the Texas Rangers?
Hint: He's not a regular.
Ivan Nova pitched well enough to win, but didn't get support in his first loss since June 23.
Hint No. 2: It happened nearly a month ago.
The answer is Austin Romine, who singled off Derek Holland in the third inning of a game at Yankee Stadium back on June 27. The Yankees lost it, 2-0.
That was the middle of a three-game span -- the Yankees have lost all three -- over which the Yankees have been held scoreless for the last 20 innings played between the two teams. That includes Monday's 3-0 loss to Yu Darvish, a 2-0 complete game shutout thrown by Holland in the Bronx, and the last two innings of an 8-5 Yankees loss on June 26. And in the 15 innings played between the Yankees and Rangers since that Romine single, the Yankees have managed a total of four hits, two by Lyle Overbay and two by Ichiro Suzuki. They have also managed four other baserunners -- three on walks, and one on a hit batsman, when Brett Gardner was plunked on the shoulder by Darvish leading off the game.
-- Ivan Nova threw what looked like a pretty good game: 7 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, one on a homer by Nelson Cruz, and a season-high 112 pitches -- but he was not pleased with his performance. Said Nova: "I didn't really like it. Even though it was only three runs, I didn’t throw enough strikes, you know? I can’t command my curveball really good today, my fastball was off. I don’t have a feeling for my changeup. I warm up really good in the bullpen, but it just don’t carry into the game."
It was Nova's first loss since June 23.
--Brett Gardner's at-bats continue to be a good time to visit the fridge, or wherever your in-game urges call you. In the wake of his 15-pitch at-bat in the ninth-inning of Sunday night's 8-7 loss to the Red Sox, Gardner took Rangers closer Joe Nathan on a 13-pitch ride before flying out on the 14th pitch for the first out of the ninth inning.
--Overbay's two-hit game was his fourth multi-hit game in the past seven, and he is hitting .386 (10-for-26) over that stretch.