The righty, who came into Saturday afternoon’s game against the San Francisco Giants with a 7.07 ERA in his previous three starts, pitched his second shutout of the season, leading the Yankees to a 6-0 victory at Yankee Stadium.
Nova (9-5), who hadn’t won since Aug. 31 (also a shutout), threw 108 pitches (73 strikes) and scattered six hits, while striking out seven (walking one) and saving a taxed bullpen.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees (82-73) once again took care of their business, but they’re still going to need help to claim the second American League wild-card spot. For a complete look at the standings, click here.
SORI TIME:Alfonso Soriano did it again, collecting his 17th homer and 50th RBI in Game No. 52 as a Yankee when he crushed a solo shot to lead off the sixth. Take Soriano’s pace as a Yankee, and you get 53 homers and 156 RBIs over the course of a 162-game season.
108: That’s how many at-bats Eduardo Nunez had gone without a homer before taking Ryan Vogelsong deep for a two-run shot to left in the fourth. Nunez’s only other homer this season came Aug. 7 in Chicago.
GLOVE OF GOLD: Ryan is never going to Wally Pipp Derek Jeter with his bat, but he sure as heck could with his glove. The slick-fielding shortstop made several nice defensive plays, ranging to the second-base side of second to throw out a couple of runners.
UP NEXT:Andy Pettitte makes likely his last start in the Bronx. He’ll be opposed by ex-Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit (4-0, 3.08). First pitch is slated for around 1:05 p.m. Mariano Rivera’s ceremony will occur around 12:30 p.m.