Yankees split doubleheader in Don Mattingly’s return

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Don Mattingly returned to the Bronx for the first time as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it wasn’t necessarily a good thing for the Yankees as the two teams split Wednesday’s doubleheader.

GAME 1 (6-4 win)

The Yankees got a good start out of Hiroki Kuroda and the offense provided enough effort to hold off a couple of late rallies by the Dodgers as they won 6-4.

The offense struck first with a two-run double off the bat of Lyle Overbay in the second inning. They got another in the sixth when Ichiro Suzuki homered to make it 3-0 in the sixth. The Dodgers scored two runs in the seventh to make it 3-2, but a Rosario Belisario committed an egregious error that opened the door for a two-RBI single by Ichiro and a three run inning.

That three run inning was imperative because not only did Kuroda tire in the seventh, but Preston Claiborne allowed another two runs in the eighth on a two-run shot by Hanley Ramirez. David Robertson struggled with control problems in the eighth before he pulled his Houdini act to escape and, of course, the great Mariano Rivera shut down the Dodgers in the ninth for the win.

GAME 2 (6-0 loss)

The first game was fun, but the second game was a mess. Bad Phil Hughes showed up and the offense was held to just three hits by a mediocre National League pitcher in Chris Capuano as they lost 6-0.

Hughes gave up five runs in six innings which was his fourth start in the last eight where he allowed at least five runs. His ERA is up to an unsightly 5.09. Adam Warren pitched three innings of relief and gave up just one run.

There’s no reason to recap the offense as there was none. They got just three hits, no extra-base hits, no walks, and nobody even reached second base until Jayson Nix went to second on defensive indifference with two outs in the ninth. Heck, out of the three hits only one even left the infield. Pathetic. Really pathetic.

I might as well mention the Dodgers offense as Yaisel Puig was the star of the second game. He went 2-for-4 with three runs, a home run, and a stolen base. The Yankees didn’t even make him an offer when he was a free agent a year ago.

Photo credit: (June 18, 2013 - Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America).

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6 Responses to Yankees split doubleheader in Don Mattingly’s return

  1. jfs says:

    time to get rid of hughes. trade him demote him or put him in the pen. at this point he's no better than nova and why not give warren a try (or nuno when he gets off the dl). can they be so much worse than hughes at home? if pineda is back soon and those guys fail he can have the job too

    • Agreed, at least with putting Nova in the 5th spot. Hughes is been bad, plain and simple. He doesn't battle any hitters and is consistently in bad pitchers' counts (2-2, 3-1, etc.). If Girardi sticks with Hughes in his next turn in the rotation, I don't know what will be the reasoning or logic.

      Nova has pitched well in AAA – 3 starts, 2.04 ERA, 17ks and 4 walks in 17+ innings (BBReference) – and I don't see why he wouldn't be called up with Pineda not that close to making his Yankee debut.

  2. Frank Racaniello says:

    I am new to this site and i have a question: do the Yankees have any blue chip prospects in their system that we can expect to see contribute in the next few years? Seems like everyone they bring up from Triple-A is a back up player or one who washed out with other teams. Whats up with the farm system?

  3. Fred says:

    Well, I'm gonna look at this the glass half full way. We managed to win a game on a day that Phil Hughes started!

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