After skipping his last start in the rotation, the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the ball to Ivan Nova this afternoon in the second game of their three game weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark. Nova has struggled mightily since the All Star Break, and despite a vastly improved start tonight, the Bucs still dropped another game to their N.L. Central foes by a 2-1 score.
Nova pitched well tonight, giving up two runs on three hits in 6.1 innings, but he was outpitched by his mound opponent. Sal Romano improved to 5-6 on the season, giving up five hits and striking out six in eight innings.
After a pitchers’ duel took the game into the seventh inning, the Reds scored a pair of runs which would be enough to lift the team to victory. A solo homerun by Jesse ...Read More