Nova Finishes With Strong Start as Pirates Win Their 10th

Tyler Glasnow strikes out 6 in 3 plus innings of relief.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 24, 2018 - 6:07 pm
Ivan Nova

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Ivan Nova made his final start of the Spring, going three innings and allowing a couple of runs on five hits and three strikeouts in a 7-4 Pirates win over Tampa Bay.  Of those hits, only one or two of them were solid.

Nova said he had a good Spring Training overall saying an adjustment he made has paid off, as well as being in better shape.  Nova said he was able to dial up 94-95 at the end of the outing.

“I thought he had a very professional spring,” said manager Clint Hurdle.  “He had a worksheet that he took great pride in accomplishing.  Whether it be in the games here or the games in the minor league side.  The drill work, all of it.”

Nova said he hasn’t spent anytime yet focusing on Opening Day Thursday in Detroit.  Adding he wants to take it a day at a time and not get too hyped for the start of the season.

“One thing I really work on my whole career is controlled emotion,” Nova said.  “Sometimes older guys tell me I don’t put in a lot of effort.  Yes, I put in a lot of effort.  I just don’t let you see it.”

The 31-year-old righty said he will start thinking about the season opener on Tuesday after the team closes the Grapefruit League.  However, Nova doesn’t expect it to be as special as starting the Home Opener last season.

“It’s unbelievable.  It’s amazing,” Nova said of the opening in Pittsburgh in 2017.  “That is the one I am going to remember, even though I have Opening Day the first game of the season.  To be able to do it in front of your home crowd and see everybody pumped up, it just gets you.  It brings back good memories.”

Tyler Glasnow’s First Relief Appearance of Spring

Tyler Glasnow came in for Nova in the fourt h inning, going three and two-thirds innings giving up two runs on five hits and struck out six, while not walking a batter.  Glasnow also had no 3 ball counts.

“Good, first time out of the pen, getting used to it,” Glasnow said.  “Nice rhythm.”

The righty said he’s committed to relieving right now and not thinking ahead to potentially starting again.  Glasnow also said he’s not worried about making an appearance with men on base.

“Today, I was not hoping, I don’t want Nova to have guys on, but I think I will be comfortable doing that,” Glasnow said.  “You just go out and you’re pitching.  You’re in the thick of it, so I think with my personality, I’d be comfortable coming in for a middle of an inning like that.”

“There are things that the game gives you feedback on, I think the last two appearances have really been strong efforts from him,” Hurdle said. 

Bucs Pound Out 12 Hits

Francisco Cervelli, Josh Harrison, David Freese and Colin Moran all with a pair of hits as Cervelli hit his third homer of the spring.  Cervelli is hitting .375 with 9 RBI.  Moran is hitting .346.

Pirates 2016 first round pick Will Craig homered in his only at bat while playing four innings at first base.  Craig hit .271 with 26 doubles and 62 RBI with High-A Bradenton last year.