Swisher, Tex Back Bad Hughes In Yankee WinPosted: July 23, 2011
As much as I love a good pitcher’s duel, a game like this is much more relaxing less worrisome. No worrying about Joe Girardi having Curtis Granderson bunt and no worrying about him bringing in Boone Logan to face a lefty who doesn’t have a bad platoon split. Anyway, it was a very good 17-7 win. Let’s recap:
- Phil Hughes was pretty awful. He just didn’t have any command of his fastball out of the gate and then lost a feel for his curveball later on. He allowed a run in the first and a run in the second, but I figured a five spot in the second a nine spot in the third would help him, but he pitched to the scoreboard and would not be able to get out of the fifth. A definite step backward for Phil, does Brian Cashman pick up a phone now? Hopefully.
- So I mentioned the big second inning. It went Robinson Cano single that got him to second on an error, Swisher walk, Posada fly out, Eduardo Nunez RBI single, Francisco Cervelli single, Brett Gardner RBI infield single, Derek Jeter 2-run single, Curtis Granderson sac fly. That made it 5-2 Yanks.
- In the third, they did it with patience and power. Mark Teixeira led off the inning with a walk and Nick Swisher plated him with a 3-run jack, Jeter walked in a run, Grandy walked in a run, and Mark Teixeira hit Grand Slam to cap the break out inning. 14-2 Yankees.
- Hector Noesi came into a bases loaded with one out problem. Why he is not used in more critical situations, I will never know, but I’m not gonna complain tonight. He did allow two of Hughes’ runs to score, but settled down and didn’t allow any of his own runs to score in 3.2 innings while striking out three. Another strong performance from him.
- Brandon Laird made his Major League debut when he pinched hit for Derek Jeter in the seventh and walked in his first at-bat and then got his first Major League hit, drove in a run, and scored a run. A good start for him and maybe it will convince Joe Girardi to actually play him.
- Every Yankee starter was on base at least once and all of them had hits except for Curtis Granderson who walked twice and was hit by a pitch. Even Frankie Cervelli had a big game going 3 for 3 with two walks and three runs scored. Yay for him!
- The only problem I had with this game was that Steve Garrison was not used. I thought this would be a perfect situation for him. Instead Luis Ayala pitched the ninth and only needed eleven pitches to get through it.
That’s all there is for this one. These same teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon.