Besides that blunder, the Yankees struck early and often. They hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second and made some more noise in the eighth inning to go on and beat the Orioles 11-4.
Phil Hughes (2-2), didn’t have his best outing, but it certainly was his most dominating. He struck out nine batters and walked one in five innings of work, allowing just three runs to get the win.
Now, with Phil Hughes makinga strong start, Joe Girardi’s choice becomes a bit harder as withwhat to do with Wang.
It seems like a natural move would be to send Hughes to the bullpen and see what he can do there.
I haveto say, watching him consistently throw 94 mph with the sort of movement he had on Wednesday, I can’t see why a move to the bullpen would not work. I don’t want to throw around the idea that Hughes can be Joba-like in the eighth inning for the Yankees, who havemore downs than ups with their bullpen this year, but hey you never know until you try it.
We certainly know Hughes has the composure to pitch in big spots, as we saw in the 2007 ALCS, where he had to come in and pitch long relief in games one and three.
In game three, he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings and knotted his first career playoff win.
Yankees will go for win number nine tomorrow night with Joba on the bump against Adam Eaton and his +7.00 ERA.
This is the beauty of a strong starting rotation when you’ve won eight in a row, and the next four days you send Chamberlain, Burnett, Pettitte, and CC to the mound.
Yankee fans have got to love that.