The Yanks fell to the Red Sox, 9-6, this afternoon to give Beantown its first win of the year. You can blame it on the due factor, you can blame it on Boston’s Opening Day, but there’s no getting around the fact that Phil Hughes stunk for the second time this season.
The young lad lasted just two innings and was touched for six runs on seven hits with two walks and no Ks. His fastball went above 90 just once (92) and he flat out looked like dog shit. He threw 47 pitches with 29 going for strikes. Philthy (not a compliment) has given up 11 runs in six innings with only one strikeout in his two starts this year.
Girardi says that it is “way too early to consider” skipping Phil’s next start, but they may give him an extra day of rest. Larry Rothschild said he doesn’t think Hughes’ problem has to do with injury or mechanics but rather it’s a case of arm strength, or lack thereof. Larry thinks things will come around for the kid later in the season.
The pitching wasn’t all bad. The game could have been much uglier had Bartolo Colon not stepped in and saved the day. Cy Colon tossed 4 1/3 innings of stellar relief. Fatso gave up just two runs — one earned — on two hits with five strikeouts to one walk. All in all, he threw 62 pitches with 44 going for strikes. MUCH better than his last outing. However, he did take the loss, which is another reason why pitcher wins are stupid.
Boone Logan gave up a two-run single in the seventh, and has now had back-to-back shitty outings. D-Rob got the final three Boston outs while giving up just one hit.
The offense was there as the team pounded out six runs on eight hits. Most notably was Brett Gardner, who went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs, a stolen base and an RBI. Gardy fell a single and a homer shy of the cycle.
A-Rod added a solo homer and scored three times, while Cano offered a pair of doubles and two RBI.
Interesting stat: Lackey went five innings and gave up six runs on seven hits with two walks and as many strikeouts…and saw his ERA drop to 15.58. It was at 22.09 coming in. He got the win, which is ANOTHER reason why pitcher wins are stupid.
The Yanks will send SuperNova to the mound tomorrow against Clay Buchholz (hide your laptops). The game starts at 1:05 and weather.com is calling for 58 degrees at the time of first pitch.
For me, there is not a toughest hitter right now. I’m focused, I can get anyone out.
That’s what I like to hear. LET’S GO YANKS!!!!!!