The Yankee offense finally got a couple hits with runners in scoring position, but it wasn't quite enough to come back from a 6-3 deficit in the 9th inning. Ivan Nova gave up five runs in six innings, allowing seven hits, and striking out a career-high 12 batters. The bulk of the damage against Nova came on a three-run Joey Votto home run that landed just over the wall in right field. The first seven outs Nova recorded were all by way of strikeouts.
The 7th inning was pitched by a combination of Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada, and neither allowed a hit before the 2012 version of 2011 Hector Noesi, David Phelps, came on to finish out the game. Phelps struck out three batters, allowing one hit and one walk in two innings. An unearned run scored after Phelps made a diving catch on a ball in front of the mound, but overthrew Nick Swisher trying to double off the runner at first base. Unfortunately, that proved to be the difference in the game.
With the hopes of a comeback in mind, Raul Ibanez and Nick Swisher led off the 9th with a double and single, respectively, before Reds closer Sean Marshall struck out Russell Martin, who had homered earlier in the game. Andruw Jones also singled, then Jayson Nix drove in Swisher to pull the Yankees to within one. Sadly, that chased Marshall from the game, and Derek Jeter grounded the first pitch he saw from Jose Arredondo to third base, barely beating out a game-ending double play. Curtis Granderson worked the count, but ultimately grounded out to first to end the rally and the game.
The offense was led by two singles and a home run from Jayson Nix, with Ibanez and Swisher reaching base twice, as well. After some typical Ibanez-ing in the outfield, it was nice to see Raul continue to attempt to make up for the constant adventure of his defense. The Yankees will attempt to take the series tomorrow afternoon, as CC Sabathia takes on Johnny Cueto at 1:05 p.m.
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