The Yankees’ eight-game win streak came to an end today at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the long ball. Phil Hughes looked sharp in the early innings, but struggled to put hitters away with two strikes. In the first inning, after striking out Jose Bautista, Hughes gave up a two run home run to Vernon Wells on an 0-2 count. In the third inning he gave up another two run homer on an 0-2 count to Aaron Hill. It was 4-0 at that point, which would have made it more than enough to beat the Yankees today, but Toronto added three more runs for good measure, including a home run to John Buck, making it three on the day.
Brett Cecil was good but not great. He lasted 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on 102 pitches. Had Hughes been stronger that would have been enough to keep the Yankees in the game. Both young pitchers lasted at least six innings, but Hughes gave up a total of six runs over that time.… Click here to read the rest