For the Yankees, the worst part of the game on Wednesday Night (or the funniest part if you’re a fan of dick and fart jokes like myself), was Melky Cabrera taking a foul ball off his junk in the early innings.
Besides that, the Yankees struck early with back-to-back-to-back-homeruns in the 2nd, and often with some noise in the 8th inning to go on and beat the Orioles 11-4. Phil Hughes (2-2), didn’t have his best outing, but it certainly was his most dominating striking out nine and walking one, in 5 innings and allowing only 3-runs to get the win.
With Phil Hughes strong start, now Joe Girardi’s choice becomes a bit harder as with what to do with Wang, but it seems like a natural move to send Hughes to the bullpen and see what he can do there. I got to say, watching 94 mph constantly with the sort of movement he had tonight- I can’t see why a move to the bullpen would not work. I don’t want to throw around the idea that Hughes can be Joba-like, in the 8th inning for the Yankees, (who have more downs than ups with their bullpen this year), but HEY, you won’t know for sure until you try it.
We certainly know Hughes has the composure to pitch in big spots, as we saw in the 2007 ALCS, where he had to come in and pitch long relief in games 1 and 3. In Game 3 he pitch 3.2 scoreless innings and knotted his first career playoff win.
Yankees will go for #9 tomorrow night with Joba on the bump against Adam Eaton and his +7 ERA. This is the beauty of a strong starting rotation. You’ve won 8 in a row, and the next four days you send Chamberlain, Burnett, Pettitte, and CC to the mound.
Got to love that Yankees fans.