Friday, July 27, 2012

Offense Powers Bombers to Victory

Out of the gate, starter Phil Hughes was not impressive. He gave up three solo home runs to the Red Sox hitters. The bombs were hit by Pedroia, Crawford, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. After the fourth inning, Hughes found his groove and went on to hurl seven strong frames of three run baseball. The Boston starter Aaron Cook did not have a good night. He gave up six runs in four innings, three of which came in the first after Aviles took what should have been a double play ball and didn't flip to first base in time which led to a run followed by a Raul Ibanez two-run home run. Phil Hughes ended up settling down and provided the Yankees with a stand out performance that saved the bullpen and gave Hughes a boost in his confidence as he earned his tenth win of the season tonight against a potent Boston lineup. The Yankees now have four starters with ten wins each, the only team in baseball with as many ten game winners.

The Yankee offense was out bright and early against Aaron Cook, who should have given up only three runs if not for a careless play by his shortstop in the first. The Yankees would continue to pile on with a Russell Martin two-run blast capped off with a Granderson grand slam in the eighth. The Yankees ended up winning in a blowout even though the game could have gotten out of hand early.

Tomorrow, it's a duel of southpaws as CC Sabathia looks for his team leading eleventh win against Jon Lester who has been absolutely horrific this season. Eric Chavez was hit by a pitch tonight and was wearing a big wrap on his leg after the game. With the Yankees shortage of third basemen, the last thing they need is for Chavez to go on the DL.

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