Not So Filthy HughesPhil 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.
Voldemort's Revenge 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. He's one of those players that are abysmal when they're cold and unstoppable when they're hot, it's too bad he just happened to get hot during this series.
Welcome To The Bigs We also witnessed two major league debuts tonight. David Adams got the start at third base and earned his first major league hit. Brett Marshall also saw his first major league innings, giving up 9 hits, 5 walks, and 5 runs in 5.2 innings of work. He wasn't brilliant, but he saved the bullpen on a day where the Yankees could only score 2 runs. After 108 pitches by Marshall, Alberto Gonzalez had his major league debut on the mound, and earned a fly out against his only batter.