Wednesday, April 21, 2010
OAKLAND—Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before settling for his second victory of the season, posting a 3-1 win over the Athletics on Wednesday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Working with a fastball that consistently sat around 93-94 mph, the 23-year-old Hughes was overpowering against Oakland’s lineup, setting a career high with 10 strikeouts.
Pitching in front of 30,211 on a cool evening in the Bay Area, Hughes issued a first-inning walk to Daric Barton—the second batter he faced—but that was the only blemish on his line through seven frames.
Eric Chavez notched the first hit of the evening off Hughes, hitting a chopping grounder back to the mound that struck Hughes in the chest. The ball bounced back toward the plate, but Hughes’ reaction was to look up, leaving him no chance to throw out Chavez at first base.
Hughes really was great tonight, and he needed to be because Ben Sheets and the Oakland bullpen held the Yankee offense to three runs. So far, it’s safe to say that Hughes may end up being a decent fifth starter.