Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 6/7/12
There was a pitching duel expected when this three-game set between the Rays and Yankees began. Last night’s game was not supposed to be it. But thanks to a pair of young right-handers, we got treated to one anyways. Ivan Nova put together his finest outing of the season, needing 99 pitches to get through eight shutout innings. He struck out five and allowed just two hits and a walk. Though two of those runners reached third, he stranded them both. With a 4-0 lead, Nova was allowed to come out for the ninth, but a pair of three-base drives from Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton broke up the shutout and ended his night. Rafel Soriano took over and kept Upton right where he was, putting the seal on a 4-1 victory. That comfortable lead didn’t come easy, and had only been gained in the previous frame. That’s because Alex Cobb was nearly as brilliant as Nova. In fact, through seven innings, he had the same two hits and a walk on his ledger. However, his two hits were home runs by Mark Teix...
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