The New York Yankees got off to the right foot in their final three series of the 2013 season with a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. On Saturday, it was the second game of the three-game set and it was Ivan Nova's turn to give the Yankees another quality performance following the one CC Sabathia gave.
Nova was sharp for the Yankees and kept the Giants off the board early on, while the Yankees lineup got to Ryan Vogelsong in the bottom of the third inning.
Ichiro Suzuki's sacrifice fly made it 1-0, Alex Rodriguez's RBI groundout made it 2-0 and Robinson Cano's RBI single made it 3-0 Yankees, giving Nova a lead and some cushion to work with, but with the way he was pitching on Saturday, the one run was all he needed to get the job done, as he was dealing all afternoon.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run home run to left field off Vogelsong that put the Yankees up 5-0 and then in the bottom of the sixth inning, Alfonso Soriano hit his 34th home run of the season, his second in as many days, which was a solo home run that made it 6-0 Yankees.
That was more than enough run support for Nova, who didn't allow a single base runner to get past second base while he was on the mound and completely dominated the Giants lineup.
Nova tosses a complete game shutout, going the distance in all nine innings, allowing no runs on six hits, walked one and struck out seven and pitched the Yankees to a 6-0 win.
Nova's complete game victory improved him to 9-5 on the seaso, while Vogelsong took the loss and dropped to 3-6.
The Yankees improve to 82-72 and are 2.5 games back in the American League Wild Card standings and with the Baltimore Orioles losing to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, the Yankees move ahead of Baltimore in the standings. If the Kansas City Royals lose to the Texas Rangers later in the night, then the Yankees jump past them as well in the standings by a half game.
On Sunday, it will be a very sentimental and historic day for the Yankees, as not only is it Mariano Rivera Day, but it will potentially be the final start for Andy Pettitte at Yankee Stadium, as he announced his retirement from baseball following the 2013 season. Andy Pettitte (10-10, 3.93) will look to complete the sweep over the Giants and keep the Yankees winning, as he will oppose Yusmeiro Petit (4-0, 3.08 ERA.)
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