The Orioles were making consistent contact, and it was hard contact. They scored a run in the first inning, scored a run in the second, scored again in the third, and they had another runner on base in the fourth before a double play.
Then it changed. Suddenly Nova was rolling, and he didn’t allow another hit until the eighth inning.
“The first four innings, I wasn’t feeling like my arm speed was there,” Nova said. “After that I watched my video. I said, ‘Oh, you’re doing this with your arm.’ I think that was a good adjustment that I made.”
Turns out, Nova hadn’t played catch catch on that rainy Thursday in New York, and he hadn’t played catch during Saturday’s hurricane in Baltimore. Two days without throwing, he said, disrupted his arm angle, and it took him a while to find it.
His ability to make that adjustment — surely a sign of a young pitcher growing into this level — saved yesterday’s doubleheader and gave the Yankees a chance to get out of here with a four-game split.
“My arm feels good and my body feels good, but you know that something is not right,” Nova said. “I wanted to go fastball away, and it was coming to the middle. Something was happening. So, for me, I just found a way to help myself, and I think that’s what I did.”
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