Hughes Stops The Slide

May 13, 2010 – 10:34 am

HuuuughesNYY 8, Detroit 0. It was back-to-back pitchers’ duels  (well, at least for eight innings anyway), but this time it was the Yankees shutting out the Tigers. Phil Hughes pitched yet another gem — 7 innings 0 runs 5 hits 1 walk and 8 Ks. In each of his six starts so far, he has given up two or fewer runs. He leads the team now in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. After the game, Joe Girardi said “We envisioned him being a very good starter coming out of spring training, but he’s probably went beyond that.” Ya think? Joe, right now this guy is your ace!

Although the offense once again slept through most of the game, they finally did erupt in the ninth to put this one away. But this time, it was actually the top of the order that was carrying the team up to that point, which is hopefully a good sign. Up until the ninth the difference in the game had been a run-scoring single by Alex Rodriguez in the first, and then another run-scoring single by Mark Teixeira in the third which gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Of course everyone got on the bandwagon in the ninth, and it’s hard to make a big deal out of that one inning. I had the feeling that Jim Leyland pretty much threw in the towel there, what with Mariano Rivera getting ready to pitch the bottom of the ninth, so I’m going to be cautious about thinking the offense has really emerged from their mini-slump. Although that six-run barrage was encouraging.

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