Coming into tonight’s game, Phil Hughes had been terrible at Fenway Park. So terrible that most people were thinking that with his tendency to give up the long ball it could be a long and scary night for the Yankees.
I had a made a joke about wishing it would be opposite day and that Hughes would shock everyone. Well, he did. Hughes didn’t just keep the Red Sox off the board, he pitched into the eighth inning, he gave up only five hits, walked one batter and struck out seven. He earned his 15th victory of the season and helped the Yankees remain in a first place tie with Baltimore atop the AL East standings.
Of course, the offense’s problem with runners in scoring position reared its ugly head yet again – they finished 2-34 RISP for the series – but thankfully the two runs they scored were enough to win.
The first run was scored on an Andruw Jones sacrifice fly in the fourth inning off Red Sox starter Felix Doubront. The second run was scored when the overrated, slap singles hitter, Derek Jeter hit a bloop single to center in the seventh. It was the 3,283th hit of Jeter’s career, tying him with Willie Mays on the all-time list.
Both Alex Rodriguez and Eduardo Nunez who finished with two hits apiece. Oh and Nunez didn’t commit an error. Like I said, it was opposite day.
The only thing that wasn’t adhering to the opposite day rules was Curtis Granderson’s rough night at the dish. Poor Curt – that’s what Rodriguez called him in last night’s postgame interview – finished 0-4 with three strikeouts and left five men on base all by himself.
Rafael Soriano untucked his jersey and earned his 38th save of the season. Soriano combined with Boone Logan and David Robertson to pitch 1.2 scoreless innings in relief of Hughes and Hughes’s season ERA is now sitting at 3.96.
Scariest fact of the night: Yankees have won two straight games for the 1st time since Aug 14-15. IT’S BEEN A MONTH.