Not So Filthy Hughes
Phil Hughes entered this game trying to rebound from a 6 run game against the Royals and somehow had an even more disastrous start. The pitcher couldn’t even make it out of the first inning, going 0.2 IP, giving up 7 runs on 6 hits. Hughes repeated some bad habits of last year, starting today’s game with 11 straight four-seam fastballs. When three sliders didn’t work against Kyle Seager, Hughes started to rely on the curveball. It was pretty clear that he was over-rotating on the curveball, as the pitches were missing their location towards right-handed batters by a few feet. For some reason this was his pitch of choice with the bases loaded against Ibanez, who launched a grand slam to right center field.
How about Raul Ibanez? He came into this series batting .194/.250/.403 in 72 plate appearances. After a two homerun game tonight, he is 4 for 9 with 3 homeruns and 8 RBI’s in this series.…