Phil Hughes (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) Good Hughes showed up tonight and only allowed two runs to score. Rajai Davis singled on a ground ball, stole second, reached third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch. The only other run scored on a sac fly by Davis after Munenori Kawasaki tripled. I don’t know how he did it, but Hughes earned 7 groundouts over just 2 flyouts.Robinson Cano (2-4, 1 RBI) After going 4 for 4 in the first game, Cano had two singles and a game tying hit in the third. He’s 20 for his last 35. (.571)
Austin Romine (3-3, 1 2B, 1 PB, 2 SB, 1 CS)- What a game for Romine. After watching Chris Stewart hit the go ahead home run in the first game, Romine tried to out perform his counterpart. He doubled once and singled twice, one of which missed being a home run by just a couple of feet. Also, with the game tied at 2-2, he threw out Brett Lawrie trying to steal second to end the 7th inning.
Alex Rodriguez (0-4, 3 K, 1 GIDP) Rodriguez has actually been really good since returning, but he looked completely lost today. 3 strike outs and a big double play to end the 8th inning earned him plenty of boo’s.
Preston Claiborne (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) Did a great job relieving Hughes and dealing with an inherited base runner. Looks like he might be sent back down to the minors, but he’ll definitely have a high leverage spot to look forward to when the rosters expand.
Mariano Rivera (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K) He didn’t get hit hard, but things got interesting. After giving up an infield single to Jose Reyes, Rivera struck out Anthony Gose and got Kevin Pillar to fly out. Kawasaki blooped a single, which gave Davis another opportunity to hurt the Yankees. Fortunately, he grounded out and the Yankees went on to the bottom of the 9th. Rivera was again hitting his spots perfectly and looks to be cured of the command issues that haunted him earlier this month.Jayson Nix (2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 K) After a great first game, Nix got a turn to play third base against the left-handed Mark Buehrle. He was arguably the player of the game, launching a home run to tie the game in the 7th inning, and then singling the go ahead run in the 9th. He went 3 for 6 today with 2 walks and some great defense. The lineup may be greatly improved with guys like Alfonso Soriano, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez, but everyone is contributing nowadays. Between Stewart, Romine, and Nix today, the Yankees got a lot of production from the bottom of their lineup.
After their 3-2 win over the Jays tonight, and their 8-4 win this afternoon, the team is now 66-59. They remain 6 games behind the Red Sox in the loss column,