Hughes, Yanks Win 7-2, Force SplitPosted: July 17, 2011
This was a very nice win for the Yankees. They got good pitching, early runs, and timely hitting and were able to force a split of this four game series in Toronto, taking the latter two. Let’s recap:
- Phil Hughes looked much better today than he did in his last start in Cleveland. He was using a different type of curveball, a less loopy, more powerful one, and he used it to get some whiffs. It was a lot tighter than the one we’ve seen from him and it had some good depth. He was also throwing his fastball by some hitters which was also nice to see. The command wasn’t totally there, but it was much better. Good things to take going forward.
- Brett Gardner showed why he is should be the lead off hitter today. The game started with him getting in an 0-2 count in the first at-bat of the afternoon. He then worked it back to 3-2 and then singled up the middle, stole second and scored on a Nick Swisher single. Gardner went 3 for 4, scored three runs, draw a walk and swipe two bases.
- After Swisher’s single in the first, the Yanks had the bases loaded with one out, but Jorge Posada struck out and Russell Martin lined out. It was a missed opportunity and one I didn’t think they would get back after Carlos Villanueva retired the next six hitters.
- In the fourth, however, the Bombers broke a 1-1 tie. Russell Martin doubled in Swisher, Pena hit a sac fly to plate Martin, and Granderson hit a 2-out double to plate Eduardo Nunez and Gardner. This was the break out inning and they would not look back.
- The bullpen was literally perfect. Cory Wade, David Robertson, and Boone Logan combined to throw three spotless innings while striking out five. Logan actually struck out the side in the ninth, including two lefties. He continues to look much better with his new arm slot.
- Eduardo Nunez didn’t make any errors in the field which was nice. Robbie Cano drove in a run on a sac fly and Granderson plated another run in the ninth with a single. Desptie the sac fly, Pena went 0 for 3 which lowers his average to .088. Ouch.
That’s really it for this one. Next up the Yankees will head south to Tampa to face the third place Rays in a four game set at the Trop.