June 26 Recap: Phil Huge

Apologies for the brevity of this recap, but I was a little short on time tonight.  After a strong pitching performance by Hiroki Kuroda in Monday’s game, Phil Hughes looked to keep the line moving against the surprisingly decent Cleveland Indians squad.  He went up against Justin Masterson, Cleveland’s righty-killing groundball specialist.

After a scoreless 1st...

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Hughes, clutchitude, keep winning ways going for Yanks

Meanwhile, Phil Hughes had a fantastic night on the mound. The last time we saw Hughes, you may remember, he was pitching batting practice to the Atlanta Braves last Wednesday on the way to allowing four home runs in the contest, but tonight was a very different story. On this night Hughes held the Indians scoreless over eight full innings, allowing just six hits by the Indians and issuing just one free pass while striking out four opposing batters.

Hughes did have a little bit of help in finishing off the seventh, as Dewayne Wise went into the stands to attempt to catch a foul ball off the bat of Indians’ third baseman Jack Hannahan. The ball bounced off of Wise’s glove and ended up in the hands of a fan multiple seats away, but third base umpire Mike Dimuro raced over and called it a catch anyway. If you just consider the play itself and strip the game context and impact on the outcome aside, it was probably the single worst call I’ve ever witnessed in any baseball game at any level.…

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Ibanez ties it. Chavez wins it. Yanks beat Mets, 4-3

Reaction to Ivan Nova‘s start was mixed on Twitter. Some said the Yankees’ starter was bailed out by the homers. But the truth is closer to the fact that he kept the Yankees in the game and made three bad pitches. One resulted in a Kirk Nieuwenhuis solo homer in the bottom of the third. The second was a double to Omar Quintanilla that compounded a fielding error by Alex Rodriguez to lead to another run. And Daniel Murphy hit a double to center that led to the third and final run in the bottom of the sixth. But it really could have been worse. Nova got out of a second and third situation in the fourth with only one of the runs scoring on a ground out and struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end that threat. Nova struck out seven in his five and two-thirds innings and walked three.

Once the Yankees took the lead, they still had to preserve it by getting nine more outs.…

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Offense can’t climb out of Pettitte’s hole, Yankees lose to Mets

The Mets did most of their damage in the game’s very first innings, touching up Yankees’ starter Andy Pettitte for five runs in the first frame, all of which came with two outs. Pettitte almost escaped the inning without damage when, after loading the bases with one out, he got Lucas Duda to pop up to shallow centerfield for the second out, failing to bring the runner in from third. That set Pettitte up with a chance to retire Justin Turner to keep the Mets off of the board, but Turner was able to punch the ball into center to bring two runs home, and then Ike Davis really broke things open with his eighth home run of the season, a three run shot that gave the Mets a 5-0 lead.

Pettitte would ultimately settle down after that, going onto finish six innings without allowing another run, and finishing the night with six strikeouts to go against two walks and seven hits allowed.…

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Yankees drop 2nd straight as Hughes struggles

While the Yankees were rolling out a 10-game winning streak replete with dominant pitching, it had to come to an end eventually.  Yesterday’s loss snapped the streak, and today’s tough outing from Phil Hughes was the worst start by a Yankee pitcher in quite some time.  Hughes faced off against the Braves’ Tommy Hanson, like...

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