Yankees get 7 runs for good Phil Hughes for an easy win

It was a rare easy win for the Yankees who got a good pitching performance from Phil Hughes and a seven run outburst from the offense during a 7-3 win in Minnesota on Tuesday.

Hughes started, went seven innings, and allowed just one run on a RBI-single in the third inning. He also got into a big jam in the fourth inning when he put runners on second and third with nobody out, but managed to strike out a pair and get a fly ball to escape without a run allowed.

Meanwhile, the Yankees trailed 1-0 headed into the fifth inning when they actually got some offense from the bottom of the lineup. Alberto Gonzalez, who went 2-for-4, doubled in David Adams, who also went 2-for-4, and Lyle Overbay to make it 2-1. Ichiro Suzuki had a RBI-single to make it 3-1.

They had a four run outburst in the seventh inning when Gonzalez again drove in Adams. Robinson Cano then hit a three-run jack to deep right to make it 7-1.

Preston Claiborne ran into a bit of trouble in the ninth after he pitched a strong eighth. Mariano Rivera came in and got the quick one out save though.

• Don’t look now, but David Adams has hit a not completely terrible .250/.400/.313 over his last five games. Keep in mind the five games part.

• After the game Joe Girardi told reporters that the Yankees sent Hiroki Kuroda back to New York to get a MRI on his hip flexor. The MRI came back clean, but Ivan Nova will take his turn in the rotation on Friday.

• Mariano Rivera was presented with the “Chair of Broken Dreams” by the Twins before the game, a chair made out of broken bats.

Photo credit: (July 1, 2013 – Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America).

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5 Responses to Yankees get 7 runs for good Phil Hughes for an easy win

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    It continues to impress me how classy teams are towards Rivera's farewell tour.
    What to make of Hughes? Guy is classic 4th starter, will handle crappy teams like the Twins every time out, but will get lit up against good teams. Wish we could play Minnesota another 10 times.
    It is starting to look like Almonte is for real. Not just because he's hitting .333, but because he doesn't strike out much. So many minor leaguers look overmatched and tight (think Adams) when brought up, but Almonte looks relaxed. Maybe he'll stick.

    • Hughes did beat Texas the week before. They're not the same as they were, but still no offensive slouch.

    • To your point on Hughes, I disagree to the extent that it is clearly evident that he will never be a successful pitcher at Yankee Stadium because he doesn't leave the upper half of the zone night in and night out. However, what we do see with Hughes is that he can pitch to contact and be a solid Three to Low Four on most staffs because of his effectiveness to get major league hitters out in larger dimension ball parks.

      Yankee Stadium is a joke for pitchers and everybody knows it. If the Yankees can somehow manage to schedule Hughes away from the Stadium as much as possible, I think he stays in the rotation going forward, even with Pineda coming back.

  2. Corey says:

    I was at the game last night. Hughes has an awkward delivery and seems to fling the ball. He frequently misses the plate badly and falls behind in the count. But he's a veteran now who did a very good job of pitching his way out of trouble. He made particularly effective use of his offspeed stuff.

    We've seen enough of Hughes to know that he can be a very good reliever or a back-of-the-rotation starter. I'd keep him, except it's a virtual guarantee that he will ask for far too much money and that there is some team out there that will overpay for him.

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