Yankee bats return as Hughes shuts down Tigers
WP: Hughes (5-0, 1.38)
LP: Jeremy Bonderman (1-2, 5.08)
The Yankees found their rhythm on offense in Game 2 of their Mo-Town double header, and they beat the Tigers, 8-0, to force a split of the twin bill.
After being shutout in Game 1 of the double header, the Yankees scored right away in the evening matchup. Alex Rodriguez singled in the first inning, which gave the Yankees a quick 1-0 lead, which would end up being all they would need.
The Yankees scored again in the third inning, when 1B Mark Teixeira hit an RBI-single to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead.
New York starter Phil Hughes was magnificent again. Hughes pitched seven shutout innings, while only surrendering five hits, and striking out eight Tiger batters. Hughes earned his fifth win of the season.
On the other side, Tigers’ starter Jeremy Bonderman also pitched seven innings while only giving up two runs, and five hits. Bonderman gave his team a chance to win, but his Tigers’ offense failed to score, and the bullpen imploded eventually.
Set-up man Joba Chamberlain worked a scoreless eighth for the Yankees, and with Mariano Rivera warming up, the Yankee offense exploded in the ninth inning.
Former Yankee Phil Coke worked a scoreless eighth for the Tigers, but was left in for the ninth inning, which would end up being a mistake. With Randy Winn on base, Francisco Cervelli lined an RBI-single to center, to give the Yanks a 3-0 lead.
Brett Gardner would soon after hit and RBI-single, which extended the lead. After that, Mark Teixeira stayed hot with another RBI-single, which scored a pair of runs. The lead with then 6-0.
A-Rod would follow with an RBI-double, which scored another run, and then later, Teixeira would score on a wild pitch.
Yankee closer Mariano Rivera expected to come in to the bottom of the ninth with a 2-0 lead and facing a save situation, instead, he entered the with an 8-0 lead. He would shortly finish off the Tigers in the ninth.
In earning his fifth win of the season, Hughes lowered his season ERA to 1.38. In addition to that remarkable number, Hughes is the first pitcher since 1958 to win at least five games, and have an ERA below 1.50 in his first six starts.
The Yankees seek to split the four game series as they take on the Tigers in a Thursday matinee game. First pitch of that game is set for 1:05 ET. in Detroit, as each team’s ace faces off. CC Sabathia (4-1, 3.04) will take on Justin Verlander (3-2, 4.50).