I was going to do a good news/bad news feature for this recap but there wasn’t a lot of good news today. I guess the fact that the Yankees scored one more run than they did yesterday was a good thing, right? Unfortunately for the Yanks, who scored four whole runs, Detroit scored eight runs on 17 hits against Yankee pitchers.
The only guys who seem to be hitting in the Yankees’ lineup are the new guys. Vernon Wells hit another home run today while Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay each had RBI singles. Robinson Cano walked and scored but was hitless with two strikeouts in his other at bats.
Actually, if there was a hitting star of the day for the Yankees, it would be Overbay who finished 2-4 for two RBI.
Phil Hughes had three good innings – good as in the Tigers didn’t score – sandwiched between two not so great innings. In the bottom of the first, he gave up a run on a Prince Fielder sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the fifth, with the score tied, Hughes gave up an RBI double to Torii Hunter and an RBI single to Miguel Cabrera.
The damage didn’t end there. Detroit scored four runs in the fifth off a combo of Hughes and yesterday’s star – yes, that’s sarcasm, Boone Logan. Hughes finished with a pretty bad line: 4.0 IP, eight hits, four runs, three earned runs and four strikeouts. Two positives from Hughes because yes, there were some. He didn’t give up a home run and he didn’t walk a batter.
David Phelps, who was scheduled to start today’s game, pitched 2.2 innings in relief and gave up two runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out one.
Another positive for the Yankees pitching staff, I guess, is that they didn’t give up any home runs today. (Look, I’m trying to find a silver lining.)
So the Yankees are now 1-4 and people are freaking out about how bad the Yankees are. I get being upset because a 1-4 start is never fun but it’s not like the Yankees will go 1-161.
Tomorrow is the finale of the series and will feature CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander on the hill. The Yankees will try to avoid the sweep and Sabathia will try to rebound for his not-so-great first start.