Pitching Unseen In Tigers 10-7 Rout Of Yanks

On a relatively beautiful Sunday afternoon, Phil Hughes and Max Scherzer took the mound for their respective teams for the first time of 2011.  A day after the two teams combined to hit five home runs, we were all expecting quiet day with the bats, but in fact we got the opposite as the Tigers took the final game of the series by a score of 10-7.

Phil Hughes continued the way he pitched toward the end of the season last year going four innings and giving five runs on five hits.  He threw 90 pitches and 25 of them were fouled off.  This shows his inability to finish batters, something he needs to work on in order to become a more complete pitcher.

(William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

Hughes’ shortened outing allowed Bartolo Colon to make his Yankee debut and he was no where near as good as he was in Spring Training.  He, too, went four innings giving up four runs on six hits while striking out five.  He left too many pitches over the plat and this made the game almost out of reach.  He did do his somewhat do his job though by eating up four innings and saving the bullpen with another game tomorrow.

On the offensive side of things, the Yanks were great once again.  Jorge Posada got things started in the second with a 2-run homer, his first of two on the day that at the time, tied the game at 2.  In the third, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano each added solo homer.  That was Tex’s third in as many games and that slumping in April thing is starting to become a thing of the past.

Jorge Posada finishing his first home run trot of the day. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

In the ninth, the Bombers brought in Joba Chamberlain to pitch and hold the game at 9-7, but he was unable to gave up a run.  This kind of changed the complexion of the game because with two outs in the ninth Jorge Posada, already with two homers in the game, came up with a runner on.  If Joba would have kept the Tigers scoreless in the top half of the inning, Jorge would have been the tying run.

Even though it ended on a sour note, this was still a good series for the Yanks.  They took two out of three from a very good team in the Tigers and their hitting was very good.  Sure, the starting pitching was spotty, but you expect that the first time through the rotation.  Next up, the Yankees will host the Twins in a four game series starting tomorrow.

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