Phil Hughes got off to an inauspicious start tonight in Toronto, giving up 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 runs (only 1 earned) in his first two innings of work. From there, he cruised, as did the Bombers
. Hughes' final line: 6 IP, 3 hits, 3 walks, 1 K, 1 earned run, 1 win. I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but Hughes again didn't utilize a third pitch. I counted 2 change-ups thrown all night, one was roped for double by Lyle Overbay in the second. On the other hand, Hughes did have his best fastball since his near no-no, and he battled through two jams early in the game.
The offense was provided mainly by the Giambino, who hit an opposite-field grand slam to blow the game wide open. That's six straight for the Bombers, 4 straight on the road, and they remain 5 games behind the Sox. Boston coughed up 10 runs to the lowly D-Rays, but managed to come back from a 7-run deficit to win the game. The Gagne/Joba graphic is updated to reflect tonight's Boston game. Apparently, the Sox have finally found a role for the roidhead, he came in to pitch the ninth with a 7-run lead and promptly gave up two hits and a run.
Letter to the Skipper:Player of The Game:
Johnny Damon, 3 for 5, 1 run, 2 RBI, and a great catch early in the game that saved Hughes' bacon.
Enjoy yourselves tonight, Yankee fans. I have a terrible feeling that the winning streak is in serious jeopardy come tomorrow.