Phil Hughes' Dominant Performance Brings Back Family Memories in Oakland

Double G SportsCorrespondent IApril 22, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 15:  Pitcher Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees tips his cap to the crowd after being taken out of the game in the top of the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 15, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  All Major League players joined in wearing #42 today in honor of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 when he debuted with Brooklyn Dodgers.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Phil Hughes was absolutely dominant on Wednesday night against the Oakland Athletics. He had his best stuff of the season, possibly his career, last night as he came ever so close to no hitting the A's.

Hughes' control was terrific. His stuff was electric. The young pitcher took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before giving up an infield single to Eric Chavez on a ball hit up the middle that went off Hughes' forearm. Hughes could not find the ball in time and Chavez was on with the A's first hit of the night.

Entering the eighth, Hughes had only given up a walk to Daric Barton in the first inning. The night seemed easy for Hughes. He used mostly a fastball and cutter all night. That shows how good his command was. Hughes only threw a couple curveballs, which were very good as well.

As great as Hughes was and as close as he came to a no hitter, that's not what stood out to me as I watched this game. The part that stuck with me happened when the pitcher left the game with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the eighth inning.

As Hughes walked to the dugout, he tipped his cap and looked up into the stands. In the stands were his parents. That moment took me back to my days of high school ball when at least one of my parents attended every single game. That's right, they never missed a game.

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