Phil Hughes, who struggled in his last outing against the Blue Jays, went seven innings for the Yankees, only giving up one earned run on four hits and out-dueled Ricky Romero who also went seven innings tonight, giving up two earned runs on five hits for Toronto. Romero, who started the year 8-1 is now 8-12 for the Blue Jays.
Hughes struck out five and the lone run was a solo shot by Adeiny Hechavarria.
Nick Swisher started things for the Yankees in the third inning with an RBI single that scored Jayson Nix. Nix had himself a good night at the plate finish 2-3 with two singles – he was the only Yankee with a multi-hit night. Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth which scored the newly arrived Steve Pearce for the Yankees’ only other run.
With the way Hughes pitched, two runs were enough to win. And with the Yankees lineup tonight, two runs seemed like a miracle.
New papa David Robertson needed only five pitches to retire the Blue Jays in the eighth and Rafael Soriano added a perfect inning of his own in the ninth to close out the game and pick up his 34th save of the year.
The Yankees will try to close out the series with a victory tomorrow afternoon at the Stadium with CC Sabathia taking on J.A. Happ in a battle of pitchers with initials as first names. Happ is 9-10 with a 4.68 ERA and Sabathia is 13-3 with a 3.44 ERA.
(post syndicated from The Yankee Analysts)