On Sunday things couldn’t have gotten much worse for the Yankees, who had lost four in a row to the Mets and then two out of three to the Red Sox. However, they have quickly turned that around and are now riding a four game winning streak after sweeping the Indians and taking the first game of a four game series against the Mariners 6-1 on Thursday night in Seattle.
The key was that good Phil Hughes showed up for once. He went seven innings, gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out seven with just one unearned run. The bullpen, as it does so often this year, shut the Mariners down for the final two innings of an easy win.
And it was an easy win even though the offense did all its run scoring in the third inning. Luckily it was a six run inning powered largely by a three-run shot by Robinson Cano. Mark Teixeira also homered that inning and Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki each drove in a run on singles.
• The offense went 8-for-11 during it’s six-run outburst. Pretty remarkable considering it went 1-for-24 with no walks throughout the rest of the game.
• Travis Hafner got the other hit as he went 2-for-4 on the day. He’s slowly turning his slump around and has now gone 4-for-11 with two homers in his last three games.
• Teixeira missed nearly all of Spring Training and only played in three rehab games. Maybe he should skip Spring Training altogether next year as he’s a notorious slow starter, but so far we are not seeing that this season — .227/.347/.636 in his first seven games.
• In 12 starts this year, Hughes has pitched at least seven innings and allowed two runs or less five times. He has also given up at least five runs in four starts. It’s like he’s the pitching version of Curtis Granderson.
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