BoSox Earn First Win Thanks To Horrid HughesPosted: April 8, 2011
The first series of the season between the Yankees and Red Sox is always a big deal. However, this year was different. After Boston went out and signed two all-stars to plug into their already potent offense, they were pegged as the best team in the American League and a no-doubter to win the American League East. But that’s why they play the game.
Through their first six games, they were 0-6 and the next game circled on their calendar would be their home opener against the Yanks, who had gotten off to a 4-2 start. The starters would be John Lackey and Phil Hughes, who both struggled in their first start of 2011.
As it turned out, both pitchers continued their trends. Lackey allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings. At least he gave them length because Hughes couldn’t even do that for the Yanks. He lasted only two innings and gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out none. He didn’t have anything today. He hung a curveball to Dustin Pedroia in the first inning that was hit out of the park and his fastball was still lacking its velocity. It sat at 90 right over the middle and was crushed all day. Another bad outing, but should we be worried yet?
The bullpen came on and did an okay job overall. Bartolo Colon was brought in and hurled 4.1 innings and only gave up one earned run and struck out five, but still got saddled with the loss. Boone Logan came on and gave up a double to David Ortiz and an RBI single to JD Drew. His inability to get left-handed hitters out is getting a bit ridiculous and Pedro Feliciano’s injury is only magnifying it.
Today, the Yankees offense suffered from scoring enough runs to win, but got the loss because of the starting pitching for the second time this season. It is no coincidence that Hughes started both those games. They got on the board early on a 2-run double by Robbie Cano. In the second, Brett Gardner doubled in Curtis Granderson. On the way to six runs, Derek Jeter singled in Gardy and Alex Rodriguez added a homer (solo of course).
So obviously the day didn’t go as planned for the Yankees or Phil Hughes. An early exit for Phil forced Joe Girardi to go to his bullpen for seven innings, something you can’t have from your number three starter. And with Ivan Nova going for the Bombers tomorrow, who knows how much you’ll need them tomorrow. We just have to move forward and look to tomorrow when Nova will take on Clay Buchholz in a 1:10 start time on FOX.