Update, 1:37: Finally a hit for the Orioles off Ivan Nova with two outs in the third, Josh Bell’s single to center. Nova is a rather an intriguing prospect. Wonder if he will fit into the rotation next season.
Update, 1:48: Finally a run off Brad Bergesen. Brett Gardner was out stretching for an RBI triple, although he may have been safe. So it’s 1-0 after three. Derek Jeter had a weak swing on the inning-ending grounder. The Captain is 0 for 2 and approaching .260. Wonder how many years the Yankees will offer him after this season at age 36. What do you think?
Update, 2:03: Nova has five strikeouts in four innings and has allowed just two singles, riding this 1-0 lead.
Update, 2:13: Brad Bergesen is also pitching an effective game for the Orioles, allowing one run and three hits through four. It’s amazing the way the O’s have responded to Buck Showalter, seems like he has put a little fear into them. They’re 21-13 since he took over.
Update, 2:20: Nova got a fastball up to Matt Wieters and he sent it the other way to the left-field seats for a two-run homer — 2-1 here in the fifth.
Update, 2:36: It’s not easy to double up Gardner, but that 4-6-3 double-ball play shortcircuited the fifth.
Update, 2:38: Nova starts the sixth with 73 pitches, 49 for strikes.
Update, 2:44: First and second, two outs. David Robertson is warming up.
Update, 2:47: Nova gets out of the jam. I believe he’s at 91 pitches. Can’t complain with two runs and six hits allowed over six. We’ll see if the Yankees can get something going against Bergesen. He had an 0-2 record with a 10.38 ERA in two career starts against them.
Update, 2:53: Well, it’s now one run and three hits for the Yankees through six. Nova is done. Robertson is on for the seventh.
Update, 3:09: Bergesen is done. So far he has given up one run and four hits over 6 1/3. There’s a runner on first, but now the ball is being handed to former New Jersey Nets forward Mark Hendrickson.
Update, 3:13: Joe Girardi is pulling Curtis Granderson against the lefty. Marcus Thames will pinch hit with two outs. So Showalter will counter with righty Jim Johnson.
Update, 3:19: Good job by Thames with the single to right-center. So it’s first and third for Francisco Cervelli.
Update, 3:20: Bad job by Cervelli, first pitch, grounds to third. Has he driven in a run since May?
Update, 3:23: By the way, the last time the Orioles swept three in the Bronx was 1986. The Yankees are also the only major-league team not to lose four straight this season. But there are two innings to go.
Update, 3:26: Boone Logan is coming in to pitch with one out and none on in the eighth.
Update, 3:57: Nick Swisher two-run walk-off in the ninth. Yankees win, 3-2.