Ivan Nova struck out 10 batters and picked up his 10th win of the season. He’s now is 22-3 with a 3.59 ERA in his last 33 starts dating back to June 10, 2011. And thanks to YES’s research guru: Nova is the first Yankee starter with two wins at Fenway since Randy Johnson in 2006.
Nova’s stats in those two games: 2.25 ERA in 12 innings, two walks, 15 strike outs, and the Sox have a .271 average against him.
Andruw Jones – who was the MVP of this series, you know, if they actually awarded such a thing – hit another home run tonight. He finished with four in the series and how’s this for a funny stat? Jones has hit four home runs in Fenway Park this year and Adrian Gonzalez who plays for the Red Sox, also has four home runs this season in Fenway. Jones finished the weekend with six RBI. Gonzalez was taken out of the game because he was suffering flu-like symptoms.
Jones’s home run tonight put him in a tie with Cal Ripken on the All-Time home run list with 431.
Also a main story line this series, the Yankees scored more first inning runs. This time scoring two. For the series the Yankees scored 14 runs. were 12-23 with three home runs, two walks and were for 5-8 with runners in scoring position.
In other news:
- Alex Rodriguez hit his first triple of the season.
- Derek Jeter made a couple of defensive miscues – including dropping a pop up.
- 134 home runs so far this season
- The Yankees are now 5-1 against Boston this year, are seven games ahead of second place Baltimore – yes, they’re still in second place – and have the best record in baseball at 52-33.