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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Hughes Brilliant in Win over Indians
Hughes came into today needing an outing that would cover up his horrendous start last week against the Braves in which he gave up four home runs in 4.1 innings. Tonight, Hughes came out and delivered just as he was doing before the bad start last week. He walked Choo to lead off the game, but after that he buckled down and didn't walk a batter the rest of the game. As a matter of fact, Hughes didn't allow a run in eight innings pitched tonight. He didn't pile up as many strikeouts as he usually does, but he still kept the Indians off the board for eight strong innings. Cory Wade was put into the game to finish it off and he didn't help the Yankees. He allowed four runs in .2 innings pitched. He has looked terrible lately and needs to work his kinks out before he costs the Yankees losses.
The offense came out swinging and they did it without needing a home run. The second inning was the inning that the Yankees broke out and scored three against sinker-baller Justin Masterson. He would allow another run after that inning. The Yankees scored five out of their six runs without hitting a home run. Alex Rodriguez just added on a home run in the seventh inning for the heck of it, and it was a long home run too! The Yankees got hits with runners in scoring position tonight and have looked better of late with men on base.
Tomorrow afternoon, Andy Pettitte faces a lefty heavy lineup that does not do well against left-handed starters. The Indians are 5-15 in games where they face a lefty. Pettitte will pitch against Ubaldo Jimenez who is starting to look like the Ubaldo of old. His velocity still isn't where it used to be, but he has learned how to get outs with diminished velocity.