Pies Are Back, Baby!

April 15, 2011 – 12:58 pm

NYY 6, Baltimore 5. This was a nice win in a lot of ways. Let me count them…. for starters (pun intended), the Yankees for the first time this year were able to overcome yet another poor start from Phil Hughes. After Hughes left them in an 0-5 hole in the fifth inning, they Yankees were able to chip away at the lead while Bartolo Colon and Joba Chamberlain shut out the Orioles and got the game to extra innings. And who were the offensive heroes in the late innings? Two of the many Yankees who have been struggling offensively of late, Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher. Things looked pretty dismal in the ninth when they were down by a run and had Posada and the also-struggling Curtis Granderson leading off the inning. Posada came to the plate batting all of .167, but promptly deposited the first pitch in the bleachers and thus tied the game. So far it’s been quite an odd year for Jorge — he’s only got seven hits so far, but five have been home runs.

Nick SwisherThen in the tenth, after Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez combined to put the winning run on third but Robinson Cano lined out, things looked somewhat bleak — as that left it up to to Swisher or possibly Posada to plate the winning run. Swisher has also been fighting to keep his average above the .200 line, and going in to the tenth inning was in a 2-for-20 slump. But he got the job done with a sac fly to right, and that was the ballgame. Pie time!

And oh, did you happen to notice? The win put the Yankees in sole possession of first place!

But the one big downside to this game was undoubtedly Hughes. He’s started three games now, and yet to record more than one out in the fifth. His ERA is a sky-high 13.94, but probably more telling is his .396 BAA. He just can’t get anyone out. Now he still has options left, so sending him down to AAA to sort things out would seem to make a lot of sense. And with the way Bartolo Colon has been pitching, giving that spot in the rotation to Colon would also seem to make a lot of sense. But then again, this is the Yankees, where pitching decisions never seem to quite add up — so who knows what will be done.

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