Leaving New York in the early evening last night, to play a Memorial Day baseball game in Arlington the next day. The Yankees had little rest when they arrived at the Ballpark in Arlington on Monday morning. But it’s funny how energized a team can look when they clobber out 19 hits, score 11 runs,and have a pitcher go 8-scoreless with 6 k’s, and allows only four men on base. This was the case for the Yankees on Monday afternoon as they beat the Rangers 11-1.
Of note in the game was the strong outing from Phil Hughes. Hughes looked dominant once again as he pounded the strike zone with his fastball against a hard hitting Rangers lineup. In his last two starts now, Hughes is 2-0, with 13 innings pitched, allowing only three earned runs and 9 hits, and maybe most impressively has only 15/2 k/bb ratio. Now Hughes, with the shakey outting by Chien-Ming Wang in relief on Friday night, has made it nearly impossible for Manager Joe Girardi, to pull him out of this rotation. Although yet to be determined, it would be highly surprising for Hughes to not make his next scheduled start on Sunday at Cleveland.
Also on a positive note for the Yankees was the 5/5 day from Mr. Rodriguez himself. Rodgriuez had two doubles, three singles, and four RBI’s. The fact the base hits weren’t bombes to left field seems to indicate that A-Rod is beginning to get his opposite field swing back, a great sign for the Yankees, who are now steamrolling their way into June.
The Yankees will look to build on their momentum on Tuesday night in Arlington. It will Joba on the mound vs. the Rangers. The first time Joba’s been back to Arlington since he injured himself there last August. The Rangers will counter with the veteran Kevin Millwood.
What a sweet sight it would be for Yankees’ fans if Hughes and Chamberlain can have back-to-back great starts. Just the way they in-visioned it would be for a couple years now.
A couple more things worth a mention:
* The Yankees scored 11 runs, but didn’t hit a homerun. This was the first game the Yankees didn’t go deep since May 12th, when Roy Halladay pitched a complete game victory, over the pinstripes.
* The Yankees have now gone 12-games in a row, with out committing an error.
ON A SIDE NOTE: Not only did the Yankees overcome sleep, but they also overcame the fact they were wearing this odd looking red hats. A salute to the brave men and women who serve this country. But also, lets not be blind to the fact that these hats are a cash cow for major league baseball- and if they’re not donating proceeds toour troops in selling these things, they OUGHT TO BE. If they’re not, shame on MLB for making the Yankees look like a bunch of Fred Durst groupies. Personally, Old Glory being ironed on the side of the hat is enough of a tribute for me.