Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Ichiro's Clutch Hit Gives Yankees the Win
The even bigger story, and one that will get lost in the shuffle, was how Phil Hughes was able to battle tonight. His first inning could have gotten out of hand but the right hander allowed only one run in the inning, stranding another run on third base while throwing over thirty pitches in the inning. Hughes would settle down and gave up only one more run through seven innings of work, with the final run coming in the seventh on a Jose Molina single to right field that scored the runner from second base. Hughes struck out six hitters and allowed six hits and two walks in his performance, which puts him on the right track, as he has now pitched two straight games of allowing only two earned runs. He needs to build on tonight, despite not earning the win. Hughes is an important factor in the Yankees older rotation and they need him to pitch like he did tonight in order to win big games.
The Yankees will try to take the series in Tampa tomorrow night, which is something they have not done in quite some time in Florida. Andy Pettitte will try for his fourth win against this light hitting Tampa Bay lineup. Alex Cobb will get the ball for the Rays. Cobb has pitched well in 2013, going 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA. The Yankees have respectable numbers versus Cobb, but this is a very different team than those of 2011 and 2012.