Friday, June 15, 2012
Phil Hughes got through a start without permitting a home run, and the Yankees nearly managed to win without the long ball, defeating the Nationals, 7-2, on Friday in their first visit to Nationals Park.
Hughes (7-5) limited Washington to one run over six strong innings to guide the Yankees to their seventh consecutive victory, snapping a six-game winning streak assembled by the National League East-leading Nationals.
The Yankees are 0-12 this season in games that they had not homered, and nearly won their first before Curtis Granderson went deep in the ninth. But they did their damage in a four-run seventh inning, chasing starter Gio Gonzalez before cracking through against relievers Brad Lidge and Mike Gonzalez.
I love that Hughes not giving up a home run is the lead sentence in the article. I had a good feeling about tonight’s game from the offensive side of things, as the Yankees always seem to handle Gio Gonzalez well (“Thank goodness I am in the National League now!” Gio says daily - his agent says similar things). He had an ERA over 7 against the Yankees headed into the game. He lowered that tonight giving up three earned runs in six innings. Luckily, the Yankees got two unearned runs, as well.
When the starting pitching is doing well, the Yankees just look awesome. That’s true for most teams, of course, but with the Yankees’ offense it is an even bigger deal.
David Robertson returned tonight, which is good. He gave up a run, which was not as good. But I presume there is some rust that will need to come off.