Phil Hughes couldn’t last even five innings and the Yankees offense might as well have taken the night off as they lost 5-2 to the Athletics in Oakland on Wednesday night.
It was the fifth time in 13 starts this season that Hughes couldn’t last five innings. He served up a two-run homer to Brandon Moss in the second inning. John Jaso then drove in another in the fifth inning to make it 3-0 and chased Hughes from the game.
Meanwhile, the Yankees offense did very little. It picked up one run in the sixth on a Mark Teixeira sac fly that made it 3-1. They made it 3-2 on a Jayson Nix RBI-single in the seventh, but they would only get one other runner into scoring position all night and he would be stranded when pinch hitter Chris Stewart struck out.
• Ichiro Suzuki entered the game hitting .233/.303/.233 during the month of June, but was the only Yankee with multiple hits in the game as he went 2-for-4.
• The Yankees 1-6 hitters went just 1-for-20 with Robinson Cano picking up the lone hit. Cano is hitting .189/.333/.297 in June.
• Really the entire offense has been putrid this month hitting just .228/.296/.327 so it doesn’t make sense to single them all out. Only Brett Gardner has been any good lately, but he went 0-for-3.
• Despite good strikeout and walk ratios this season Phil Hughes has been really bad. He did have a great run of four strong starts in late April, but since then he has a 6.17 ERA in seven starts.
• Joba Chamberlain always takes awhile to shake off the rust whenever he gets hurt. This time is no different as he has a 8.44 ERA even with an impressive 15.2 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in five outings since coming off the DL.
• The Yankees don’t even need Joba to be the 7th inning guy anymore though since the emergence of Shawn Kelley, who has a 3.20 ERA, a 13.7 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9 over his last 19.2 innings.
• Preston Claiborne finally walked a batter, the first in his major league career. He’s now got a 0.46 ERA, a 7.3 K/9 and a 0.5 BB/9 in 19.2 innings.
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Photo credit: (June 11, 2013 - Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America).