Nova allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out one across five innings Tuesday against the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision. Nova's lone earned run came on a solo home run by Kyle Schwarber, the first batter he faced in the game. From there, he held the Cubs without an extra-base hit despite generating just three swinging strikes. Even after the strong performance, Nova has a 6.01 ERA and 1.58 WHIP across 82.1 innings for the campaign. He'll draw his next start in a tough environment on Sunday, traveling to Texas to take on the Rangers.
Nova took a no-decision in Thursday's win over the Yankees, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five through 5.2 innings. The 32-year-old held his former Yankees team to one run over six innings earlier this season, but he couldn't make it happen this time. Nova handed the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a wild pitch and an RBI single by Clint Frazier. Then in the fourth, he gave up a two-run homer to Brett Gardner. Luckily, the White Sox worked their way out of the 4-0 deficit, but Nova left the game with the score still tied, 4-4. It's been a rough June for the right-hander, who's coughed up 11 runs in 18 innings. He'll carry a 6.28 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 51:21 K:BB into a Tuesday matchup at the Cubs.
Nova took a no-decision Friday against the Royals after allowing four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six through 5.1 innings. The 32-year-old had only given up one run against Kansas City over five innings during his last start against them in May, but Friday was a different story. Nova started off strong, retiring the first six batters until Nicky Lopez touched him up for a leadoff double in the third. Overall, Nova looked solid through five innings and carried a 2-1 lead into the sixth, when he allowed three consecutive hits including a double by Adalberto Mondesi to tie the game at 2-2. He then struck out Jorge Soler but walked Ryan O'Hearn, who would be his final batter of the night. The right-hander will carry a 6.28 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 46:19 K:BB into a Thursday showdown with the Yankees.
Nova took a groundball off his left forearm during the fifth inning Saturday but remained in the game, Brian Sandalow of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Trainers visited Nova following the incident, and he was deemed fine to continue. It may have been a different story had the grounder hit him on his pitching arm. Nova said the forearm was sore following the game.
Nova (3-5) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out three over seven innings in a 5-2 loss to the Indians on Saturday. Nova permitted just a fourth-inning unearned run in the first five frames but surrendered a solo homer to Carlos Santana in the sixth and a two-run homer to Leonys Martin in the seventh. The 32-year-old has been better in his last three starts, allowing seven earned runs over 19 innings, but has still struck out only eight over that span. The right-hander holds an ugly 6.24 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and a 40:18 K:BB in 66.1 innings. Next up for Nova is a road meeting Saturday against the Royals.