The title of the post says it all. As I predicted, tonight's game was high scoring but in favor of the Red Sox as all the Yankees could manage to get across in nine innings was one meager run. The Red Sox had an offensive explosion, hitting a grand slam and a three-run home run en route to an east 11-1 victory over Phil Hughes and the Yankees. Hughes was coasting through three innings until he hit a bump in the fourth. After intentionally walking David Ortiz to load the bases with one out in the fourth inning, Mike Napoli made Hughes pay by crushing a grand slam home run to knock Hughes out of the game. Phil Hughes is becoming an enigma for the Yankees, much like AJ Burnett was in 2010 and 2011. He has the ability to throw shutouts, which he has shown he can do over the course of his young career. This season he has had several outings where he left the game having given up one or two runs but eventually comes away with nothing. Then he has nights like tonight, where he doesn't have anything in the tank and blows games open for the opposing team, making it nearly impossible for the Yankees to make a comeback.
Tomorrow night will be a battle of two outstanding pitchers as Hiroki Kuroda will pitch for the Yankees coming off his brilliant no decision against the Mets. Kuroda is looking for his seventh win and he will try to get it against a nasty Red Sox lineup and a starting pitcher who doesn't give up earned runs in Clay Buccholz. Buccholz is pitching to a 1.73 ERA and only has one loss against seven wins.