Nova struggles as Mets win 7-6 on walk-off HR

This was Ivan Nova‘s final Spring Training start of the season and although you would like to say “it’s just Spring Training,” Nova was knocked around as the Mets were able to defeat the Yankees 7-6 in a walk-off fashion.

Ivan Nova lasted 2.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. His stuff just wasn’t there. David Phelps helped the Yankees, pitching 1.1 and only allowing a hit, D.J Mitchell  pitched 3 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits, Pat Venditte pitched 2/3 of an inning getting both batters he faced, Branden Pinder also faced 2 batters and retired them both and Mark Montgomery only threw 4 pitches before he allowed the game winning HR.

THE GOOD: Yankees were able to rally back to get the lead for the moment. Nick Swisher was the main hitter for the Yankees going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. David Phelps continues to have a good Spring and did a great job cleaning up Ivan Nova’s little mess. If Phelps is fighting for a job in the bullpen then he certainly is doing a good job at it.

THE BAD: Aside from David Phelps, Pat Venditte & Branden Pinder, the remaining pitchers gave up runs. Ivan Nova was the main culprit, letting the Mets get to him since the first inning. Another bad move was made by manager Joe Girardi. Instead of leaving Pinder for the final 2 outs of the game, he changed pitchers and allowed the Mets to win the game on a walk-off HR. If he was trying to manage from the binder then he needs to stop. He is the manager. The binder is just a bunch of papers with numbers on it.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees (and Mets) will all head to Tampa one last time to face one another, this time on the Yankees home turf. Andy Pettitte will pitch in an inning (he won’t start the game though) and the Yankees will have their A-List lineup out for the Mets. After the game, the Mets will head to New York to face the Braves on Thursday while the Yankees will take a bus trip to Tropicana Field where they will face the Rays on Friday

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on April 3, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. FYI – Kim Jones got a job with the NFL Network.

  2. Jones was average at best, she really had no insight to the game of baseball. She will be the same with the NFL network. I’ve heard her on the FAN and she brings nothing to the table. Milk toast.

  3. Yeah did Francessa talk about that enough with her my goodnes

  4. For those that missed the game today Yes has an Encore of it playing right now.

  5. Good to see Swisher going oppo with a HR from the leftside. Like Tex, part of his probem hitting left is he gets to pull happy.

    • I know that Tex has been working on going the other way while hitting from the left side, but I’m looking forward to seeing him continue trying to do that in the regular season. Hard to feel confident, but I’m trying.

      I never expected much from Swisher anyway, but I think he’d been hitting well overall.

  6. Even longer than previously reported Bailey will probably be out till the All-Star Break.

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