Ivan the Terrible Rides Again

August 7, 2012 12:00 AM

Ivan the Terrible Rides Again

" Ivan Nova could have pitched well on Monday night and still wound up with a loss.

Justin Verlander struck out 14 and went the distance while allowing two runs for Detroit, the kind of performance that is tough to beat when things go right for you on the mound. Things did not go right for Nova, though.

Nova gave up 11 hits and seven runs in 5.1 innings, the fourth time in the last seven starts that he has allowed almost six runs. That kind of pitching has Nova sitting with an 8.36 ERA since the All-Star break after Monday night's 7-2 loss.

This one was more painful than some of the others because Nova's big meltdown came when he allowed three runs in the fifth, right after the Yankees had tied the game against Verlander to puncture his bubble of invincibility. But Nova, who the retrograde believed just knew how to win when he was riding run support to victories, crushed the Yankee spirit with a disaster inning.

For the second straight start, Nova's pitches hung over the plate the way humid air hangs over the city in August "

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