I was so surprised when I wasn’t blacked out by Fox and got to see the game. It was such an “up” to watch Nova pitching well and going deeper into the game than I expected. I would have been happier if Joba hadn’t allowed his runs to score and if Soriano could have gotten a one-two-three inning instead of making it an adventure, but it was a very satisfying win.
The Yanks looked good. Truly. We got homers from Grandy and Nunez (yes, I was glad for him after yesterday’s blunder), but even more fun when Ichiro singled and stole second and then Jeter, after fouling off numerous pitches as he usually does, went right up the middle sending Ichiro home. Loved that. Also fun was Cano’s double followed by A-Rod’s own up-the-middle single/RBI. In both cases, nobody swung for the fences and tried to do too much. I’m excited by the news that Gardner will be back to pinch run, but in the meantime Ichiro’s speed has been a pleasure.
So. Will the O’s go down again to the A’s? I’ll be scoreboard watching. It’s that time of year.