Sunday, July 22, 2012
The Yankees’ third straight loss to the A’s came 2-1 Saturday night, decided by a tie-breaking home run from Brandon Inge in the eighth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Phil Hughes was impressive in 7 2/3 innings, allowing just four hits and striking out six, but two of those hits were solo bombs. Even with the Yanks’ mighty lineup, a strong starting pitching performance doesn’t guarantee a win.
“Here we have the luxury,” Hughes said, “When you do pitch like that, we normally win.”
So much for my theory that Oakland would help Hughes’s gopheritis. I suppose a cynic would say something like, yeah, but he’d have given up six homers in DNYS, but there are no cynics here, are there?
This is the least bothersome three game losing streak (soon to be a four-game sweep) that I can remember in quite some time. All the games have been decided by one run and I’m kind of pulling for Oakland to sneak into one of the wild card slots and the Yankees are helping further that goal.
I may feel differently if they get swept though.