And Phil Makes It Three With 11 Wins

July 10, 2010 – 11:40 am

Huuughes!NYY 6, Seattle 1. You would have thought the Yankees had caught a break when Cliff Lee got traded earlier in the day, and Seattle was forced to go with David Pauley, who had only five major league starts and a career 8.35 ERA. But you would have thought wrong, as once again a no-name pitcher totally dominated the Yankee hitters, going five plus innings and giving up only a solo home run to Mark Teixeria in the first. At one point he had retired thirteen in a row, cruising through the second through fourth innings without allowing a single base runner. But fortunately for the Yankees, he hit his pitch limit in the sixth, and anytime you get to the Seattle bullpen that early, it’s fun and games for everyone. End result was a four-run sixth (albeit on just two hits) and another solo homer from Teixeira, and that was all they would need. That’s 4 HRs and 11 RBIs for Teixeira to go along with a 1.243 OPS over the last ten games. Nice to have you back, Tex!

And speaking of coming back, Phil Hughes also had his best outing in about a month. After rocky outings his last two starts, Hughes looked more like the April/May version. And this was the same Seattle team that roughed him up for 7 runs on 10 hits in just 5.2 innings just two weeks ago. Last night, he went 7 innings and held the Mariners to 1 run on just 6 hits. Nice improvement — although this is still a very weak hitting team. But at least Hughes is back on-track at the ASG break, and hopefully he’ll come back strong in the second half of the season. With the rest of the rotation now pitching lights out, there should be less pressure on him — he is, after all, the number five starter.

And speaking of the starting rotation, this completed a very nice run through it — five straight games giving up two or fewer runs. And at the ASG break, the Yankees have a trifecta of 11-game winners. Pretty amazing.

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