Tonight is Phil Hughes’ first start for the Yanks. This could be the beginning of a great Yankee career, so I’m going to keep track of his first day here.
- On the second pitch of his career he gave up the first hit of his career. Line drive single by Alex Rios to left off a fastball.
- So far, his fastball has been 94 consistently. His curve between 68 and 72. Great change of pace.
- 2nd batter, 1st K.
- 3rd batter, 1st earned run. Double off the wall for Wells.
- 4th batter, 2nd run. Frank Thomas RBI single to right on a good pitch. 95 MPH fastball on the outside corner. (I may have to stop this if he doesn’t get out of the first soon.)
- Change-up at 82 mph, nice movement away from the lefty. Three change-ups in a row to Lyle Overbay.
- 1st wild pitch. God I hope this is nerves.
- 2 runs, 3 hits in his first inning of work. (27 pitches)
- Good start to the second. That curve ball is just nasty. 2 Ks
- Another K, this time on a high fastball.
- Weak grounder to second. 1, 2, 3 inning.
- 2 IP, 2 earned, 3 hits, 3 Ks (40 pitches)
- If you aren’t watching this, you should be. His fastball/yakker combo reminds me of a young Doc Gooden.
- Rios pulled a fastball foul into the left field seats, came back with a change and got a lazy fly ball to center. Good pattern. Moved Rios off the plate early in the count too.
- 3 IP, 2 earned, 4 hits, 4 Ks. (55 pitches)
- Not quite as sharp this inning, but effective.
- 4 IP, 2 earned, 4 hits, 1 BB, 4 Ks. (77 pitches)
- Bad call on an infield single to start the fifth.
- It looks like the adrenaline has worn off a little bit. Last fastball was 89MPH.
- Stolen base, RBI ground-ball single up the middle. 3–0 blue birds.
- Another K. Interesting sequence caught on camera. Posada called a fastball away, then fastball in, than curveball, then change. Hughes shook them all off, then Posada went back to the fastball away, and Hughes nodded, hit his spot, and struck the guy out.
- The wheels are officially off. Vernon Wells hit a single to left center on a hit and run. Rios went to third, and Phil Hughes left the game to a standing O.
- Final Line: 4.1 IP, 7 hits, 4 earned, 1 BB, 5 Ks. (90 pitches)
Overall, it was about what you’d expect. Phil was shaky in the first, then dominant for three straight, then ran out of gas when he reached 80 pitches (his career high in the minors was 89 pitches, 10 days ago in AAA). Hughes threw all of his pitches for strikes. Battled back from a couple of 3–1 counts, and didn’t nibble.
His line looks a little worse because Bruney allowed Rios to score on a Big Hurt sac fly. 4 earned in 4.1 innings is not acceptable, but this was his first start. I think he earned another, the next start (at Texas) will probably be a better indicator of whether he’s ready or not.
The best sign of the night was the 5/1 K to BB ratio.