Yankees blow out KC when Cano and Overbay accidentally hit balls over the fence

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Nunez should know better than to cross over to the cool side of second base.

The three-game losing streak is over and, just as importantly, the three-game exactly-one-run-scored streak is over as well. Boy was that annoying. The Yankees scored what looked like their token run in the first on Wade Davis wild pitch — Ichiro Suzuki was cut down at the plate when he got greedy and tried to score from second on the play — before breaking things open in the middle innings when something weird happened. The Bombers hit … bombs.

Robinson Cano did the honors the first time around, clubbing a three-run shot to dead center in the third inning. I have no idea why the Royals pitched to him with runners on the corners and two outs. Given how awful Travis Hafner has been these last two months, I’d have no problem intentionally loading the bases for him, and I usually hate intentionally loading the bases. Davis hung a slider and Cano clobbered it just to the left field side of Monument Park. It was the team’s first multi-run homer in seven games, going back to the second game of the Twins series.

Four runs felt like four hundred runs, but the scoring did not stop there. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth for Lyle Overbay, and Davis was nice enough to leave his 104th and final pitch — a 95mph fastball — up in the zone. Overbay was late on the pitch but he got enough of it to muscle it out to left for the opposite field grand slam. I didn’t think it was gone off the bat, but it was certainly well struck. For the first time in eight games, New York hit multiple homers. For the first time in 32 games, they hit multiple multi-run homers. That dates back to the game immediately before the West Coast swing.

With all those runs on the board, Ivan Nova put it in cruise control and held Kansas City to one run in eight innings of work. It was a garbage time run in the eighth, so no harm, no foul. Kinda sucks that he lost the shutout though. Nova allowed five hits and two walks in those eight innings, striking out six and getting a dozen ground ball outs compared to six in the air. He threw 32 curveballs out of 105 total pitches according to PitchFX — 21 of the 32 for strikes and seven of the 21 for swings and misses — but not nearly as many as he did in his last start (50). That’s good to see only because throwing 50 (!) curves each time out will wreck an arm in no time. Glad to see Nova pitch well and mix things up a bit more.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the WPA Graph, and ESPN the updated standings. Both the Orioles and Rays won, so the Yankees remain tied with Baltimore and two back of Tampa in the loss column for the second wildcard spot. The Bombers and Royals will wrap-up this four-game series on Thursday afternoon, when Andy Pettitte gets the ball against Ervin Santana. The Yankees really need a strong outing from Pettitte. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the matinee live.

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  • Eddard

    Is there any doubt now that Ivan Nova is a starting pitcher? He’s pitching the best right now along with Hiroki. Finish these last four games 3-1 should be the goal. Keep pace with the Sox and get Jeter back this weekend.

    • Bob Buttons

      So guys who don’t pitch well are not starting pitchers?

      Cool, so if guys starts a game in most of their appearances what are they called?

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        ANDY PETTITTE’S A STAHTIN PITCHA!!!!!111!!!1!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Rays are probably going to go 15-1 heading into the ASB. That’s pretty nauseating. Obviously, thinking the Twins could even win one game from them was too much to ask for.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Oh, and KILLER .gif!

    • trr

      Well, we got ‘em next.
      Our job is to sweep them again.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Super Nova is a keeper

  • Pseudoyanks

    Missed the game, love the gif.

    • TCMiller30

      Haha that gif is amazing

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Really want to believe in Nova but I also don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. First world problems, I guess.

    Chuckled at the title.

  • forensic

    It’s so nice to finally have a blowout win. Somewhat relaxing to watch a game like that for once.

  • Darren

    Hey Mike, I believe the one run Nova let up in the 8th was actually a double that drove in the runner from second base, not a homer. Still garbage time, though.

  • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

    Nova has been great since he’s been called back up. Hopefully he’ll keep it up, especially if Hughes is sent away.

    • I’m One

      Similar thing happened last year. Maybe they should give him one start at the beginning of each season, then send him down so he ban be an ace pitcher the rest of the season.

      /maybeonlyhalfjoking

  • Pat D

    Hmm. Second straight day of “best headline of the year.” This new, darkly sarcastic Mike has emerged as a full fledged entity of its own.

    And, I know it’s funny to watch, but am I the only one who thinks Cano would get majorly disciplined for that by some managers?

    • Fin

      Lol, just my opinion but players as good as Cano don’t usually get majorly disciplined for anything outside of breaking the law (even then) or PEDS.

    • Bob Buttons

      disciplined? maybe. Majorly? Highly doubtful. I mean, it’s not like they’re down by ten runs and he’s being a dick. He’s just being a bit of a dick while up by one. Not sure how baseball stuff works on the field between players, but not out of the question for Robby to be a bit less enthusiastic about Nunez calling him off on the 2nd base side. Not like he spiked the ball out of spite or nothing.

      But if by “some manager” you mean really really old school guys and/or currently deceased guys then it wouldn’t be surprising if he gets a very stern talking to.

    • Betty Lizard

      I shall be happy to discipline Robinson.

    • pat

      Only if you think Elvis Adrus should get disciplined every time he does this:

      http://i.imgur.com/WIq2wTh.gif

    • steves

      You make a good point Pat D. Girardi should, but has chosen not to, get on Cano for any of his on-field transgressions (the worst last night being not the gif above but his continued lack of hustle out of the batter’s box turning an easy triple into an out). Cano’s a great player and a seemingly good guy but he has a big blind spot when it comes to dealing with his less than 100% effort in running all balls out. I’m sure he thinks it’s a bullshit perception anyway but the reality is other than with a non-confrontational manager at the major league level there is not any other level of baseball (from little league through all pro leagues) where he would not be disciplined for this kind of stuff.

      • BeanTooth

        What did Cano do wrong? Seriously. Nunez (who has priority in the infield as shortstop) drifted to the second base side of the bag to make the catch. Cano made a joke of him straying into his territory. End of story.

  • D$1184

    Why is Ishikawa even on the roster if Girardi isn’t going to use him to spot Overbay, who has played almost every day, in an 8-0 game against a lowly Royals’ offense, with a starting pitcher (Nova) who is cruising?

    • forensic

      There is no reason for him to be on the roster. That’s been the most pointless move in a season with of a ton of them.

      • Tom

        He may not be on it much longer if Jeter is coming back tomorrow.

        Though it also could be the former attorney general.

        Or maybe an option of Nova to the minors with the ASB coming up?

  • Lukaszek

    When Cano is not in a middle of a slump he is really fun to watch

  • FIPster Doofus

    Nice to see glimpses of the summer 2011 version of Nova again.

    • The Doctor

      The good Nova really is a pleasure to watch. He genuinely has ace type stuff: a fastball that sits 93-97 with good movement, a nasty curve, a great (if hard to control) slider, and a change up that’s at least usable as a show-me pitch. Shame he has no deception, when his command and control are off, he gets halmered. Guys with his kind of stuff can generally get away with mistakes, but when the batter can tell what’s coming every time, it’s pretty hard.

      Wasted potential there, but I’ll just enjoy the flashes of what he could be.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Nova almost coughed up the lead in the fifth by losing focus after two were out and quickly finding himself in a bases loaded jam. He made a nice pitch to I believe it was Royals S/S Alcides Escobar to get him to pop out, & that was just about the ballgame. With Nova’s stuff, the difference between him being a top tier starter and a journeyman will be whether he develops the mental stamina to stay focused when it’s his turn in the rotation.

    Nice a/b by Overbay in the sixth, working the count until it was full & staying with and on top of a real good rising fastball on the outside part of the plate for the salami. Have we ever seen Texeira go the other way in a situation like that? Overbay gives you a quality, thoughtful effort whenever he plays. The Bombers are lucky to have him, & yet, he could be gone at any time if the right deal comes along.

    • Paco Dooley

      Indeed, the game could have gotten away from him with a bad pitch or two. But his stuff has looked nasty and his composure looks great, so I am starting to believe in the return of the good Nova after a long run of the bad Nova.

  • Hardy

    Best .gif ever!
    I can’t stop watching.

    • nycsportzfan

      agreed. Can’t stop watching!!!lol

  • Bavarian Yankee

    that gif … I could watch it for days (btw: check out the off-topic thread for another great gif :D)

    Nova novalicious again!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Eight runs. Hard to believe sometimes. Great job on the header again, although you’re potentially going to run yourself into Mets fan territory soon. It’s a fine line.

    It’s silly to say these things out loud sometimes but, wow, I’ll take five or six during a blowout and give me the two extra runs during the close games. Scoring in bunches has never been my favorite thing.

    Oh Nova, I want to just give you a hug and somehow accidentally wring your neck in frustration. We need a Nova with some measure of focus moving forward soon. I just don’t think I’ll believe it until his fifth Cy Young Award, and still…..

    • Jim Is Bored

      I’d rather just score bunches more often, personally.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’ve put in my request for “every day.”

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Remember when Cano’s annual May slump meant that had started to decline?

    Also, Ivan should feel free to keep making me look like an idiot as long as he wants.

  • Vern Sneaker

    .gif = Cano’s attitude? It’s an out for God’s sake. There’s no “Cano” in T-E-A-M.

    • pat

      He was clearly kidding. Cute phrase though.

      • BeanTooth

        But reading the comments, some folks clearly think Cano is doing something besides having a little fun with Nunez.

  • JLC 776

    Seriously, is this .gif anything other than a playful moment, or is their evidence from after the .gif showing that Cano was genuinely pissed about something? Everybody seems to be arriving at the latter conclusion.