The Yankees once again did not have an effective offense and Phil Hughes allowed three home runs as they lost to the Twins 4-1 at the Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Hughes was actually pretty solid throughout most of the game as he held the Twins to just two runs over seven innings, but then came a two-run shot by Pedro Florimon in the eighth that broke the game open and ruined Hughes’ game. In the end it mirrored his entire career, he struck out 10, allowed just five hits, but three of them were home runs.
Not that it really mattered how many homers Hughes allowed because the Yankees offense was a no show. Robinson Cano singled in a run in the first inning that gave them a brief 1-0 lead, but that was it. After the first, the Yankees went a combined 6-for-31 with no extra-base hits.
• Hughes’ final line: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 3 HR. He has actually been decent lately with a 3.50 ERA, a 6.8 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 over his last seven starts, but that home run ball has been a problem with six bombs allowed in that span. It makes you think that a team with a big ballpark might really covet him at the trade deadline.
• Joba Chamberlain had a decent outing as he pitched one shutout inning and allowed just one walk. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last five appearances now. It’s not much, but he’s got to keep piling up those zeroes otherwise he’ll be a mop-up guy for the rest of the season. He still has a 5.24 ERA this year overall.
• Brett Gardner seems to be out of his mini-slump as he went 1-for-4 and has hit .333/.529/.333 with a pair of stolen bases over his last five games. It’s obviously a tiny sample size, but it hopefully is a sign that he’s not slumping anymore.
• Speaking of not slumping, Vernon Wells went 1-for-4 and has been hitting .414/.438/.483 in 10 games during July. Not bad. He’s got to keep it up for a while before I get too excited though.
• Austin Romine went 1-for-3 and walked for the first time since Sept. 22, 2011. He finally has an OBP higher than his average this season: .160/.182/.213.
• The uniforms the Yankees wore Saturday are awful. I liked it better when George Steinbrenner wouldn’t let them wear anything but their classic pinstripes and road greys. None of this BS camo colored letters and hats. If this is what they are going to wear they might as well let them grow beards.
Photo credit: (July 12, 2013 - Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America).