Phil Hughes didn’t even make it out of the first inning as the Yankees got absolutely crushed by the Mariners in a 12-2 loss at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.
The Mariners started piling on with a seven-run first inning that include a Raul Ibanez grand slam. The M’s scored two more in the fifth on another Ibanez homer that made it 9-1 and three more in the sixth on a Kyle Seager three-run shot that made it 12-2.
• Hughes was horrible. He faced 10 batters and got two of them out. His line: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. It was his second bad start in a row for him and it makes me wonder if maybe his back is acting up. At the end of April Hughes was the hottest pitcher on the team and he was just awful Wednesday night.
• Brett Marshall was nervous and shaky which is understandable in his major league debut. His line: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 2 HR. He gave up five runs, but he really did the team a favor by saving the bullpen. He threw 108 pitches while doing it though which makes him unavailable for the next few days. That makes him a good target to get sent down when the Yankees activate Joba Chamberlain. Hopefully he goes down to the minors, prepares for his next call up, and is more relaxed and consistent the next time around.
• Preston Clairborne continues to be impressive. He came in for Hughes in the first and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings. He’s still got a 0.00 ERA over seven innings with a 0.71 WHIP. Nice start to his career.
• Funny move in the ninth inning, when Marshall reached his pitch limit Joe Girardi called in the shortstop, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, to get the final out. He had a low-80’s two-seamer and got Robert Andino to pop up after four pitches. Vernon Wells went in to play second and Jayson Nix moved to short when A-Gon was brought in to pitch.
• David Adams turned 26 Wednesday, got called up, made his major league debut, and picked up his first hit as he went 1-for-4 while playing a solid third base. He’s expected to play third regularly until Kevin Youkilis comes off the DL.
• Curtis Granderson, playing in just his second game this season, got his first hit of the season and went 1-for-4. He started in left, but did eventually finish in center field.
Photo credit: (May 14, 2013 – Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America).