What was really impressive with Hughes’ outing was his efficiency. He threw first-pitch strikes to seventeen of the twenty batters he faced and had only thrown 38 pitches through the first four innings. He threw more pitches in the fifth and last inning that included a walk to Carlos Pena. But overall, his outing was efficient, effective and impressive. Hughes hit his spots on the inside and outside of the plate to batters and once ahead in the count, was able to deliver weak contact with the change.
Phil Hughes did not hurt his case for a rotation spot that Girardi said wouldn’t be decided until each candidate had thrown five or even six outings.
In less rewarding news, Raul Ibanez again went hitless in three at bats, stranding four runners. He is now batting .059 for the spring.