Twins hit three homers off Hughes to beat Yankees

Phil+HughesThe 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).

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6 Responses to Twins hit three homers off Hughes to beat Yankees

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Yeah but which team with a big ballpark? San Diego is no longer in contention, and SF has pulled the plug on it's year. One of the worst GMs in baseball, Sabean is just watching his club go down the drain. Maybe the Dodgers, and they do have a knucklehead GM in Coletti, but which players would we want?

    • It's funny hearing somebody who recently won two World Series being called one of the worst GM's in baseball.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        That's the guy's reputation, I'm not making it up. Any other GM, his team wins and he uses it to support signing players to long term deals, or to make high risk moves (such as letting a star player walk). Sabean uses it as an argument for inaction. Did squat to improve his club after 2010 (unless you count signing Aubrey Huff to a 2 year deal improving), and even less after 2012. His club is the defending WS champion yet he's letting the season slip away. This is the guy who traded a top prospect, Zach Wheeler, for two months of Carlos Beltran, without signing Beltran to an extension, knowing he couldn't offer him arbitration, and knowing that the trade vacated any draft pick compensation when Beltran left. There is no other word for this but inept. They still wet themselves giggling over that in Queens.

  2. jfs says:

    Yea, he didn't sign Beltran and yet, they won the world series 2 years later…
    Sounds to me like he saved his team a ton of money and achieved the same result