The Yanks lead is down to one.
The whole game came down to one pitch and two swings.
The Yankees swing came by Nick Swisher, a two-run HR in the first. The Yanks opened the game with a single by Jeter and Swisher’s HR. After that, 0 r on 2 H.
Hughes pitched great and had a 2-0 lead, & 3-hit shutout with two out in the sixth. Two on. One pitch away from getting out of the inning. A 2-2 count.
….and then he gave up his first road HR of the season. 3-2 Rays and that is how it ended.
The loss cuts the Yanks lead down to one. Each team had only 4 hits tonight. Ouch.
Hughes drops to 12-4, 4.07. 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 w and 6 K. One bad pitch, that’s all.
Joba went two and was the Joba we want. 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3K. ERA to 5.60.
Tonight, Alex didn’t look good at all. I’ll take no #600 as long as I see good swings, a hit, some ribbies. Saw that before. Not tonight. Tonight was bad.
But more Yankees news. I wrote about Berkman on a previous post. Now another Yankees deal as they get Austin Kearns from the Indians for a Player TBD or Ca$h.
Kearns is 30 and a righty bat. Mostly a RF, he has played LF and CF. He was hitting .268-8-42 for the Indians, OPS+ 111. He had lousy years in 2008-2009, but I like this move for the Yanks, and it could be a sign that Thames is gone. Kearns is far better than Thames defensively. It is a sign that Thames’ D was bothering the Yanks as much as it was me.
Kearns hit .315 as a rookie for the Reds in 2002 with 13 HR. He has some pop, hitting 15 in 2003, 18 in 2005, 24 in 2006 & 16 in 2007. His 162 g. average is .257-20-81 with an OPS+ of 104. I can easily see him playing LF against lefties (and providing better D than Thames), with Gardner switching to CF with the lefty-challenged Granderson sitting.
It bolsters the bench—a bench that had Thames (3 HR this year), Cervelli, Pena and Curtis (3 MLB career HR COMBINED) just got Berkman (326 career HR, 13 this year) and Kearns (113 HR, 8 this year). I can’t knock Cashman here. It improves the bench and the team.
I like the moves. You?
I’d like Scott Downs yet. Buster Olney however, is saying Cashman is looking for someone who can play 3B when Alex DHs. Not good news for Pena.
Pena’s glove is ok. The bat isn’t. Hence the search.
Word is that Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes are headed to Houston.
Melancon was 0-0, 9.00 in two games with the yanks this year. In his MLB career, 0-1, 4.87 in 20 1/3 IP. 15 games. For SWB he was 6-1, 3.67 this year with 6 saves. The righty reliever is 25.
Paredes was a 2b, 21 (expendable with Cano) at low A Charleston. .282-5-48 this year, but with 36 SB. Switch-hitter. 4 levels down and with Cano…
Berkman for this? Great deal.