Game 1: Yanks win 6-4. Lyle Overbay hit a 2-run double and Ichiro went 3-4, HR (3) and 3 RBI.
Hiroki Kuroda pitched 6 2/3. 2 R 8 H 1 walk and 2 K. He goes to 7-5, 2.78.
Shawn Kelley 1/3 IP. K. 4.73.
Preston Claiborne had a blip. 1/3, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.69.
David Robertson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 2.86.
Mo got save #25 on the year and #633 for his career. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.73.
Game 2: A 6-0 loss. The Yanks got just 3 hits & Phil Hughes was disappointing again.
Hughes fell to 3-6, 5.09. 6 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 0 walks and 3 K.
I’ve defended him (after all, he won 16 last year and 18 in 2010) but Hughes, a free agent after the year, won’t be back. You’d like to move him at the deadline, but who will take a two-month rental? Hughes, a flyball pitcher, may do well in a big ballpark, for example SD, SF or Detroit.
David Phelps has surpassed Hughes on the depth chart. If Nuno were healthy and not on the minor league DL, I’d advocate Hughes be pulled from the rotation for Nuno who had three very good starts.
Michael Pineda may be ready in a month or so.
One option is this: Swap Warren and Hughes. Give Warren a start and make Hughes the long man.
Warren tossed three innings tonight to lower his ERA to 3.11. You may remember that he tossed six scoreless in that 18-inning loss in Oakland last week.
Warren: 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Vernon Wells is down to .224. Brignac is now 4 for 41 as a Yankee. Austin Romine is now 7 for 55 for the season.
The Yanks have to find another backup c. Romine needs more seasoning. He is an automatic out. Brignac is also bad. You have two guys on the squad right now a combined 11 for 96 as Yankees. That’s barely above .110. .110! Pitchers can hit better than that.