Yankees rout Rangers

Outstanding performances from Phil Hughes (3 hits, no runs, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts over 8 innings) and Alex Rodriguez (5-5, with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored) highlighted the Yankees 11-1 win over the Rangers. A-Rod was booed before each at bat, though the boos obviously didn’t bother him…perhaps they actually motivated him to perform so well. His performance raised his batting average from .189 to .259.

As for Hughes, he pitched a gem. I can’t figure out why Joe Girardi didn’t let him finish the game, since he was obviously pitching so well. I realize that managers tend to limit their young pitchers to about 100 pitches, and Hughes had thrown 101 when he was replaced by Alfredo Aceves for the 9th inning. But he was dealing, and his team was up by 11 runs. It’s not as if the Yankees were ahead by just a run or two, and a possibly tiring Hughes would have given up the lead.

An 11-1 rout is a great way to start a road trip, especially after the nail-biters in the last two games. And this win, combined with the Blue Jays loss to the Orioles, has moved the Yankees past the Blue Jays into second place in the AL East.

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3 comments

  1. Quist

    *It WAS a great game from Hughes. I mentioned in my blog that I think Girardi made a great choice for the 9th, even if Aceves DID give up a run. Hughes left with a nice zero to add to his ERA, and it gave Aceves an extra outing against a solid team. The Rangers are in first place in a tough division… but it was easy for us to forget that as we completely slaughtered them! Gotta’ love it…

  2. diamonddiva

    Quist, I still wish Girardi would’ve left Hughes in for the 9th inning. But the Yankees won, and that’s all that matters.
    Julia, I can understand removing a starting pitcher in the 6th inning or so if he’s obviously tiring. But Hughes was still going strong, so I really don’t get why he was taken out. Oh well, I guess that’s why I’m not making a living as a major league baseball manager!

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