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Ivan Nova holds Orioles to three hits in first career shutout

Aug 31, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

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Ivan Nova tossed his first career shutout while Robinson Cano did the heavy lifting for the offense as the Yankees defeated the Orioles 2-0 this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Nova gave up just three hits (all of them singles), one walk, and two hit-by-pitches while striking out five batters. He induced 15 swinging strikes and needed just 103 pitches to finish off the victory. The 26-year-old right-hander has quietly posted a 2.88 ERA and 97/34 K/BB ratio over 109 1/3 innings this season. Hiroki Kuroda has hit a bit of a rough patch recently and CC Sabathia hasn’t looked like an ace all season, but Nova is filling the role of frontline starter quite nicely.

Cano drove in both runs for the Yankees, smacking an RBI double in the first inning and a solo home run in the eighth. Scott Feldman pitched admirably for the Orioles in the loss, allowing just one run on six hits and one walk over seven innings.

With the victory, the Yankees improved to 72-63 on the year and moved ahead of the Orioles in the AL Wild Card race. New York is now four games back while Baltimore is 4.5 games back. The Yankees will go for the series sweep tomorrow when they send Andy Pettitte to the hill against Wei-Yin Chen.

  1. southofheaven81 - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I remember seeing him pitch in Scranton a few years ago & being utterly blown away by his stuff. He’s had his problems but if he straightens himself out consistently he has the raw talent to be an ace.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      I think Nova is the perfect example of how hard pitching is. First year he did really well, but didn’t miss a lot of bats (decent ground ball % though). Next year, he starts missing a ton of bats but everything was hit hard (and the GB% dropped). This year he’s put it together, good K rate, good GB%, and it shows. Now let’s see if he can do it again next year:

      GB%/K%/HR/9

      2011 – 52.7%/13.9%/0.71
      2012 – 45.2%/20.5%/1.48
      2013 – 54.3%/21.6%/0.45

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  2. yankee172 - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Now that he’s got some confidence and expects to throw a gem every game, he’s really living up to his potential. The yankees really need him right now.

  3. dastevez - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Ugh. The Orioles are really sliding now. They’re starting to get hard to watch.

  4. giantboy99 - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    It’s his 2nd career shutout.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      No it isn’t.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    This guy is gonna be a solid #2 starter, the jays can never produce a pitcher like this anymore. Nova will be the key to the future which is looking brighter everyday in New York while the future looks very glum in Toronto as they will soon no longer be around because nobody cares except for 6 guys and three of them are the same person

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Oh your comments are so stupid

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        um yea cause I back them up with FACTS?? yea I can see your point… go away PC and your new fake account

      • canadiansportsfan77 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        What facts did you back that comment up with? You just made a clown comment and nothing more. You wanna call Nova a #2 starter based on 100 innings and a 2.96 ERA, okay, Morrow pitched 70 innings more and had a better ERA last yr, yet you rag on Morrow and praise Nova…I guess that’s smart

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Clown comment? You give that dipweed way too much credit. His comments are more like pea-brained hate, and nothing more. In fact, I can’t even believe you read his illiterate rants! His name dipweedharry is like an ignore button, only much, much larger.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Morrow is always hurt, nobody cares about guys who cant stay on the field. His only future is at the doctor’s office

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