It was not Ivan Nova's finest day on the mound, but the 24-year-old starter limited the damage and battled through until the 7th inning before the Yankees mounted the eight-run rally that fueled their 9-3 win over the Mets yesterday.
In his ninth start of the season, Nova gave up three runs, all earned, in the second inning. He also gave up a career-high 11 hits in his 6 2/3 inning pitched and threw a career-high 110 pitches. But Nova did not let the Mets lead widen before exiting the game with the Yankees trailing 3-1.
And for that, he's happy.
"I gave up [three] runs in the second inning and I stayed in the game until the seventh. I threw a lot of pitches. When you gave up that many runs in the inning and still get to the seventh inning, you've got to feel good about that," he said.
Nova (4-3, 4.29) has surrendered three earned runs or less in six of his nine starts this season.
"It was impressive," Alex Rodriguez said. "I didn't think he had his good stuff today by any means, but he kept throwing strikes, he kept attacking and he kept his composure. That's something that's good for any young pitcher."