Originally posted on NBC Connecticut  |  Last updated 10/1/11
Ivan Nova will have to wait a bit longer for his first playoff start, but he has his first playoff gem under his belt. Thanks to the suspension of Friday night's game because of rain, Nova was a reliever when he made his first ever postseason pitch on Saturday night. You'd be hard pressed to find a better relief outing, even if you included Mariano Rivera. Nova held the Tigers scoreless for six innings before fading in the ninth as he hit 100 pitches and giving way to Luis Ayala. His final line — 6.1 innings, five strikeouts, four hits, four walks and two runs that scored after Ayala came into the game — was still awfully good for a guy who had never pitched in the October crucible before Saturday night. It was more than enough for the win in the 9-3 game that, thanks to that rain suspension, was about as unsual as any you'll ever see in the postseason. There was no national anthem and no announcement of lineups at the stadium. The game simply picked up in the bottom of the second a...
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