Phil Hughes struggles continue. This time it wasn’t at home. The California native gave up five runs in just 2.2 innings and falls to 4-10 on the year, as the Yankees lost former teammate Ian Kennedy in his Padres debut by a score of 6-3.
The Padres got it started in the second inning. Will Venable led off the inning with a single and stole second. Chris Denorfia singled to make it first and third. Mark Kotsay‘s sac fly made it 1-0. Nick Hundley followed with a walk. Kennedy would bunt the runners over. Everth Cabrera singled to bring home both runners.
In the third, Alexi Amarista singled and Chase Headley walked. Yonder Alonso‘s groundout moved the runners up. Venable was walked intentionally to load the bases. Denorfia followed with a sac fly and Kotsay followed with a single to bring home another run and knock out Hughes.
In the fourth, Cabrera doubled, moved to third on a bunt and scored on a Headley double.
The Yankees finally broke through in the sixth. Two walks to Robinson Cano and Alfonso Soriano were followed by two singles by Curtis Granderson and Lyle Overbay. Austin Romine hit his first major league homer in the seventh.
YGY Player Of The Game: Kotsay
Notes: Michael Pineda has suffered a setback in his injury rehab. He has some stiffness in that shoulder and will undergo some tests to see if there is any additional injury.