Braves blanked by Nova, Yankees
ATLANTA (AP) — Randall Delgado’s 19th career start
was a little different.
This time the right-hander
was facing Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees. This
was not a normal Monday night at Turner
Delgado struggled with his curveball, a high
pitch count and his nerves early in the game as the Braves fell 3-0 to
Ivan Nova and the Yankees, who moved into a first-place tie in the AL
Delgado (4-6) set a career-high with six walks
as the rookie allowed three runs and five hits in five
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the
22-year-old was pumped up for the big-game
“He was excited,” Gonzalez said. “He was
coming out of his delivery, first time facing the New York Yankees and
(42,669) in the stands. I think he got himself a little amped up for
Delgado agreed, saying “Yes. New York
Yankees. We respect them. They’ve got a lot of
The control problems pushed up Delgado’s
pitch count early. He threw 66 pitches while giving up a run in each of
the first three innings.
“It’s something he can learn
from,” Gonzalez said. “But in all honesty, he made some pitches. He had
the bases loaded (in the third) and he got out of just giving up one
run. That’s a good stepping stone. … He kept pitching. He kept
The Braves fell three games behind
first-place Washington in the NL East.
with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Yankees claimed a share of
first place with Tampa Bay for the first time since April
“Who would have thought it?” Yankees manager Joe
Girardi asked. “I think there’s a lot of parity in the American League
this year and I think there are a lot of good teams who are going to
beat up on each other.
“Our guys have done a good job
of enduring some things. We’ve had some key injuries and we’ve been
able to figure things out a little bit. Guys have stepped up and we just
have to keep going.”
Raul Ibanez led off the second
inning with a homer and Robinson Cano had two hits, including a
run-scoring single in the first.
Nova (8-2) gave up
five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings for his
fourth straight win.
“Our starting pitching has been
really good, and that’s how you put streaks together,” Girardi
The Braves didn’t have a runner reach third
base, but Nova said his command was inconsistent.
don’t have my best stuff today, but I made pitches when I needed it,”
Nova added a milestone with a
second-inning single for his first career hit.
Yankees (35-25) have won four straight games and nine of 11 to move a
season-best 10 games over .500. The Braves, held without an extra-base
hit, have lost two straight after their season-best six-game winning
Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada combined for
three straight outs in the eighth. Cory Wade struck out Martin Prado to
open the ninth and left-hander Boone Logan recorded the final two
Girardi said he held out closer Rafael Soriano,
who developed “a little blister” on his right index finger while
pitching on Sunday against the Mets.
first-inning single drove in Rodriguez, who doubled off the wall in
left. Rodriguez walked in the third, moved to third on Cano’s double and
scored on Delgado’s wild pitch.
hitters had singles in four of the first five innings. None advanced
past second base as Nova was helped by double plays in the first and
Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher
took a possible homer away from Brian McCann in the fourth. Swisher
reached up to snap McCann’s fly ball in front of the yellow line at the
top of the wall. It was McCann’s second long out. His first-inning drive
was caught at the 400-foot mark in center field by Curtis
Braves centerfielder Michael Bourn,
running toward left field, made a diving catch to take a hit from Ibanez
in the seventh.
Right-hander Cory Gearrin threw two
scoreless innings for Atlanta after he was recalled from Triple-A
The Braves are 0-9 on Mondays this
Atlanta’s Matt Diaz, who struck out as a
pinch-hitter in the eighth, was ejected by home plate umpire Alfonso
Marquez in the ninth when he continued to argue from the dugout about a
called strike in the
NOTES: Yankees LHP Andy
Pettitte said his left hand is fine. Pettitte snared a grounder from the
Mets’ Scott Hairston with the bare hand on Sunday. Pettitte no longer
wore the bandage he had on the hand after Sunday’s game. He is not
expected to miss a start. … RHP Tim Hudson, who had his start skipped
Sunday due to painful bone spurs in his right ankle, threw well in the
bullpen and was officially added to the Braves’ rotation for Wednesday’s
game against the Yankees. … Gearrin was recalled to replace RHP Julio
Teheran, who made a fill-in start for Hudson on Sunday. … Yankees LHP
CC Sabathia will make his third career start against the Braves, his
first with the Yankees, when he faces LHP Mike Minor in Game 2 of the
series on Tuesday night.