Masterson Leads Indians Past Yanks In Hughes’ Return

Tonight was the rubber match between the Yankees and the Indians, but that’s not all. Derek came into the night only four hits shy of 3000 and Phil Hughes was making his first start since April.  Yeah, it was a busy night, but one that ended in a 5-3 loss.  Let’s recap:

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  • The real story about tonight was Phil Hughes.  He was alright, just as expected. He ran into early trouble allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in the first. He settled down quite nicely after that though, allowing only three hits in his final four innings of work.  The velocity was there (sat at 91-93), but he didn’t have great command. You couldn’t expect the 18-win Hughes back right away, give him a little time.
  • Justin Masterson had the Bombers baffled on offense only yielding three hits, two walks, and six strikeouts in eight frames.  He had that sinker ball working very well getting eleven grounders.
  • Luis Ayala was brought in to relieve Hughes for the sixth and allowed two hits and got two hits before he was lifted for Boone Logan so he could face Travis Hafner.  He of course hit Hafner and then got the switch-hitting Carlos Santana to ground out. Logan stayed on and got two outs before allowing a homer to the recently called up Lonnie Chisenhall.  Chisenhall had a very pronounced platoon split down in the minors as a lefty hitter so Logan really messed up.
  • Does anyone else know why Sergio Mitre is on this team?  It’s getting ridiculous at this point.  He came on after Logan to get the last out in the seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth when he gave up a walk and a single, respectively, to lead off the inning.  He wound up walking in a run and then giving up another. Is he really any better than Lance Pendleton?  And also, what is he doing coming into 3-0 game.  I would have rather seen a Hector Noesi or Cory Wade who were both rested and who are both much better pitchers than Mitre.
  • The Yanks did get a rally going in the ninth that of course came up short.  Alex Rodriguez led off with a single followed by another by Robinson Cano which was then followed by a Nick Swisher which plated A-Rod.  The Indians closer Carlos Perez and they were able to get two more runs before Perez got the final three outs.
  • And last, but certainly not least, Derek Jeter got hit number 2997 on a double in the eighth inning.  I’m more happy about the fact that he hit it well and that it was an extra base hit rather than him being closer to the milestone although, I can’t wait until all this stuff is over.

That’s all I have to say about this one.  The Yankees now come home for a four-game set against the Rays before heading for the All-Star break.

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