There’s not much to say about this game – the bats were simply asleep. Phil Hughes could have given up 10 runs and the loss still would have been a loss because the offense just couldn’t put a single run on the board.
As it was, Hughes had a solid start, throwing 99 pitches over 4.2 IP allowing 5 hits, 2 ER, and 2 BB while striking out 5. He could have been more efficient with his pitches, but 66 of them (67%) were strikes, so he was right around the plate all day long. Overall I was happy with what I saw out of Hughes today. Cory Wade had another good performance in relief, retiring three of the four batters he faced and striking out two of them. David Phelps even got into the game in the 8th inning, retiring both of the two batters he faced and striking out one of them.
On the offensive side, there is absolutely nothing to get excited about. Credit certainly has to go to Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson for a beautiful 8.2 IP, but the Yanks had opportunities to put some runs on the board and went 0-6 as a team with runners in scoring position.
So there you have it. In the first two games of this series the bats were hot but the pitching struggled. In the finale the pitching stepped up but the bats were nowhere to be found. On to next one – the Yankees will look to Ivan Nova to get their first W of the year against the Orioles tonight.