Jun
07

Hughes handles Mariners; Yankees take series opener 6-1

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Source: FanGraphs

Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Indians, the Yankees opened their ten-game West Coast trip with a nice and easy 6-1 win over the Mariners in Seattle. A big third inning put this one to bed rather earlier. Let’s recap…

  • Big Inning: After having five 4+ run innings in their first 56 games of the season, the Yankees now have one in each of the last four games. Robinson Cano (three-run) and Mark Teixeira (solo) did the homers with back-to-back homers off Aaron Harang in the third inning, part of eight consecutive hits by New York hitters. Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki singled in two runs after the dingers, ending Harang’s night and capping off the six-run frame. I’ve missed innings like that, they’re awesome. This game was over early.
  • Philthy Phil: The Yankees couldn’t have asked for more from Phil Hughes, who surrendered one run on three singles and two walks in seven innings of work. He struck out seven, retired 15 of the first 17 men he faced, and threw a first pitch strike to 20 of 26 batters faced. Never once did he throw more than 18 pitches in an inning, and he got 14 swings and misses on 64 fastballs (21.9%). That’s nuts. Hughes did exactly what he was supposed to do against a poor offense, and for the seventh time in his last ten starts, he allowed two runs or fewer.
  • Leftovers: After the six-run inning, long man Blake Beavan actually retired 14 straight Yankees hitters … Boone Logan allowed an inherited runner to score, but otherwise he, Preston Claiborne, and Shawn Kelley combined to finish off the final two innings in relief of Hughes … Austin Romine was the only player to go hitless and the Yankees didn’t draw a single walk as a tea,. Travis Hafner was the only player to reach base twice … following Wednesday’s 16-inning nightmare, Seattle had to get 20 outs from their bullpen on Thursday. Hopefully that carries over and impacts the rest of the series.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standing. The Orioles and Red Sox won while the Rays lost, so the Yankees remain one back of Boston, one up on Baltimore, and two up on Tampa (in the loss column) in the division. Hiroki Kuroda and Jeremy Bonderman is your pitching matchup for game two of this four-game set on Friday night.

Categories : Game Stories

26 Comments»

  1. forensic says:

    part of eight consecutive hits by New York hitters

    It was actually seven straight as Romine inserted an out after Nix’s leadoff single. At least that means that Romine didn’t bookend the rally with two of his own outs. Wonder if he’ll get one of the weekend afternoon games of if this one will anchor him to the bench until a week from today.

    long man Blake Beavan actually retired 14 straight Yankees hitters …

    That was a bit frustrating, but I guess it is what it is.

    following Wednesday’s 16-inning nightmare, Seattle had to get 20 outs from their bullpen on Thursday. Hopefully that carries over and impacts the rest of the series.

    While that’s true, all 20 of the outs were soaked up by Beavan, meaning every one of their other relievers still had the night off. I wonder if they’ll send Beavan back down for a new long-man since he’s pretty useless for a couple of days now.

    Pretty nice game by Hughes, doing what he should/needs to do against an offense like this in a park like this (though if he doesn’t want to give up a two-strike hit and a two-strike walk to Brendan Ryan next time, that would be nice). They even made the run unearned, so there’s that too.

    Kuroda vs. Bonderman should also be an easy win and basically put away early. Hopefully it’ll go according to script.

  2. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    I would like to purchase Yankee tea

  3. forensic says:

    Some amazing insights from a couple of the players tonight (courtesy of Chad Jennings):

    Hughes: “There’s nothing like pitching at Yankee Stadium, but there are some ballparks that you’re comfortable in, (and) this is definitely one of them for me.”

    Wow, comfortable in one of the most pitcher friendly stadiums in the league (even with the walls in) guaranteed to face a terrible offense? Shocking…

    Cano: Either I’m going to get a hit or they’re going to get me out right now,

    A hit or an out? You don’t say. At least he knew better than to include him drawing a walk in there…

  4. vicki says:

    as one of his most ardent defenders i have to object to your saying philthy surrendered a run. sure, it’s his in the box, but the baserunner boonie inherited and, go figure, schlepped home, was there on an error. we phans insist on the phine points.

  5. MannyGeee says:

    Phil is comfortable in Seattle, huh….

    Get Jack Z on the line… Hughes to the Mariners for a catching prospect, if you get my drift…

    BOO<

    #CashmanWonThePinedaTrade!

  6. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    What can I say that forensic hasn’t broken down and analysis already dude is the RAB Sherlock Holmes.

    In other news forensic will break down to us the meaning of life and why women are so complex I can’t wait.

    :)

    Boar’s Head Natural All Beef Hot Dogs Presents Mustang’s Has Been and Wannabee of the Game Awards

    The Wannabee of the game is Phil “seattlerealestate.com” Hughes

    The Has Been of the game is Aaron “I use to a good starting pitcher” Harang.

    Congrats to Mr. Harang for being the first opposing player to win this prestigious award.

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      “I use to be a good starting pitcher”

    • NeilT says:

      What you can say is that forensic missed the only other error in Mike’s report, the one that says Hafner was the only Yankee to get on base twice.

      Robbie was hit by a pitch in the first as well as his dinger, so he also reached twice.

      So there.

    • MannyGeee says:

      “The Wannabee of the game is Phil “seattlerealestate.com” Hughes”

      So much this…. HIGH-larious…

  7. “After having five 4+ run innings in their first 56 games of the season, the Yankees now have one in each of the last four games.”

    Hi Mark Teixeira. Nice to see ya again.

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