The New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds tonight by a score of 5-3. Ivan Nova looked downright dominant at times and earned his seventh victory of the year. With the win, the Yankees move to 42-29 on the season.

A-Rod Pokes a Single - Joe Robbins, Getty Images

Nova 8 4 1 1 7 0
Wood 7 8 4 4 6 1


After the first inning where both teams went a combined 7-12 at the plate, I figured it was only a matter of time before the Yankee bullpen was going to have to find out a way to win this one. Then, Ivan Nova proved me and all the other doubters wrong. He turned in the longest start of his career, going eight fantastic innings. I really can’t emphasize enough how well he pitched – the Yankees need someone to step up with all of the injuries popping up left and right.

One pregame note that had me just furious was that Brett Gardner was on the bench for Andruw Jones. Now I know Travis Wood replaced Johnny Cueto late, but Brett has been one of the hottest hitters in the Majors recently. In his last ten games, the dude is batting .486 (17-35). I’m glad Andruw Jones knocked in an RBI-single to cap off the four-run first inning, but I just don’t see how you can sit a .294 lead off hitter.

As the game wound down, the bullpen ensured that it was a save situation for Mariano Rivera when Luis Ayala allowed a leadoff single then Boone Logan hit Joey Votto. However, Mariano navigated through the rest of the inning allowing the two inherited runners to score, but none more.

Key Stats

55!: Happy Birthday tomorrow to without a doubt my least favorite broadcaster of all time, Rick Sutcliffe! That’s just what Rick does on June 21! He turns 55!

2.94: Despite what ESPN types would have you believe, it’s the Great American Ball Park, not Yankee Stadium, that has the most home runs with 2.94 per nine innings. Obviously, none were hit tonight.

What’s Next?

The Yankees look to take the middle game of the series tomorrow in Cincy.

7:05, YES. Brian Gordon (0-0, 3.38) vs. Johnny Cueto (4-2, 1.68 ERA) (No really, I think he is going to actually pitch tomorrow.)