Hughes and The Bombers In A Romp

May 2, 2010 – 6:31 pm

Tex AwakensNYY 12, Chicago 3. The best recipe for a Yankee win these days is to either (a) keep the middle relievers in the bullpen by pitching a shutout or (b) keep Joe Girardi in the dugout by scoring a ton of runs. The Yankees did both this afternoon, with Phil Hughes throwing yet another dandy game and the offense exploding for 12 runs. And the result was the seventh series win of the season with only the one series loss to the Angels last week. You can’t ask for a better start than that.

Leading the offense was none other than Mark Teixeira, who true to form appears to be coming out of his long winter hibernation. Tex went 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs, and raised his average by some 36 points in just this one game and is now barreling down on the Mendoza line. Robbie Cano also just kept on keeping on, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and his ninth home run of the season. In fact, this was probably the first time all season that the middle of the order has really contributed significantly to a win — with the three-thru-six hitters going a combined 11-for-18 with 7 RBIs.

But the real star of the game was Hughes, who just keeps putting together one great start after another, and is just getting better and better. This one was seven innings of shutout ball, scattering just four singles (two of which were infield singles) while striking out six and walking just one. I don’t think there’s any doubt now that Hughes has replaced Vazquez as the number four starter in the rotation — and if Vazquez can at some point get his act together, this rotation is going to be absolutely nasty.

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