Ivan Nova didn't feel he pitched badly Tuesday night. His pitching line suggests otherwise.
The New York Yankees right-hander was knocked around by the Baltimore Orioles, giving up nine runs on 10 hits and one walk, striking out three in an 11-5 loss at Yankee Stadium.
"Bad luck," Nova said. "I had a bad day; it was a tough day for me. I threw a lot of good sliders, I threw some good curveballs, I broke two bats and they got base hits. It's not a good day."
The Yankees spotted Nova a 5-0 lead after the first inning, and although Nova gave up two singles to open the second, he struck out the next two batters, then got ahead of Mark Reynolds with two strikes.
Reynolds hit an 0-2 slider for an RBI double, starting a chain of five straight Orioles to reach base, the last of which was Chris Davis, who belted a grand slam to give Baltimore a 7-5 lead
Joe Girardi didn't go so far as to rip Nova for his performance, but the typically optimistic manager didn't sugarcoat what he saw, either.
"He had no fastball command, inconsistent slider, inconsistent curveball," Girardi said. "He worked his tail end off after he gave up two singles in a row in the second inning to get two outs and two strikes, then threw a slider that didn't break, and it just kind of snowballed after that."