Sunday, June 3, 2012
DETROIT—Phil Hughes went the distance in his best outing of the season and the Yankees beat Justin Verlander for the second time this year, earning a 5-1 win over the Tigers on Sunday to take two of three at Comerica Park.
Hughes was the better of the two right-handers, who were each coming off discouraging starts. Verlander has lost three consecutive starts for the first time since 2008, while Hughes returned from allowing a career-high 11 hits in his last start to scatter just four against the Tigers.
He struck out eight and walked three.
Hughes was very good today. Prior to today his longest career outing was eight innings, which he accomplished twice. He did have a complete game last year, but it was six innings in a rain-shortened game. A start like this should probably help us put his last bad outing in perspective as a bad start rather than the return of the Phil Hughes who can’t pitch as a starter.
I’m relatively happy with a 6-3 road trip when I pretend that it shouldn’t have been an 8-1 road trip. So I’m going to pretend that it shouldn’t have been an 8-1 road trip.
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