Thursday, April 19, 2012
NEW YORK—The Twins jumped out to an early four-run lead against right-hander Phil Hughes but ultimately couldn’t recover from the three homers hit by Curtis Granderson in a 7-6 loss to the Yankees on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
Granderson’s began the game hitting .208/.321/.458 and ended it hitting .283/ .377/.679. Not a bad day’s work, and the Yankees needed every single bit of those three HRs.
Just like seemingly every Phil Hughes start so far this year, it was a mixed bag. Eduardo Nunez’s first inning error obviously didn’t help, but Nunez didn’t allow the walk, single and double that followed. After that, Hughes pitched fairly well until the sixth, when he gave up a leadoff walk and a HR to turn a 7-4 game into a 7-6 nail-biter. Fortunately for Hughes, his bullpen was able to shut down the Twins over the final 3.2 innings of the game and the Yankees eked out the 7-6 win and salvaged a disappointing split.
On a side note, Derek Jeter tied David Winfield on the all-time hit list with his second inning RBI single. Winfield’s one of my favorite players ever, and I liked the sentiments he expressed. Jeter’s heading into some really rarefied air now.
Now let’s hope we get to see them go ruin the 100 year anniversary of that disgraceful bandbox in New England.
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