Sunday, June 17, 2012
WASHINGTON—Ivan Nova pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and became the first American League pitcher to post nine victories this season as the Yankees defeated the Nationals, 4-1, on Sunday at Nationals Park.
Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano homered for the surging Bombers as they secured their ninth consecutive win, completing a three-game sweep of Washington and a successful Interleague road trip.
Nova’s finally getting the results to match his peripherals, and I’m very happy about that. I figured there was no way Nova or Phil Hughes would end the year with respectable numbers given the way they started the year, but they’re well on their way.
The homers by Granderson and Cano helped cover up yet another lackluster performance with runners in scoring position, although as someone here over the weekend noted, if they’re in scoring position but never score, are they really in scoring position?
A cynic might note that winning nine straight games against the National League is about the same as beating the Twins once. So it’s really more like a one-game winning streak against the worst team in the AL. Yay anyway.