A magical night at the Stadium.
Phil Hughes gave the Yankees everything that they needed from him in this game. Sans one mistake pitch to Raul Ibanez, Hughes kept the M’s at bay…with some help from the umps (Ichiro was safe in the 3rd and 5th) and some bad Seattle baserunning (Grinnin’ Shelley Duncan nailing Ibanez at second in the 6th). You really can’t expect more than 6 innings and 2 runs from Hughes at this stage of his career. Therefore, the kid really came through in this contest.
And, of course, two-in-one inning A-Rod was the man tonight. I remember watching that game where Cliff Johnson hit two in one inning. Cliff loved tearing apart Exhibition Stadium. In 167 games where he batted there, Johnson hit 34 taters at Exhibition Stadium. And, that was back in the day when 34 homers was a lot of homers.
Look for something on A-Rod’s numbers this year from me soon. I just need time to work it up. It is an incredible year – without question.
Luis Vizcaino is hurting now? Well, Quantrill, Sturtze, and a few other guys will be shocked to hear that.
Again, a great win for the Yankees tonight. They should be riding high after this game and the one before it. Now, comes the test: 9 road games in 10 days. The Yankees have not played well on the road this season, to date. New York needs to win 6 of these 9 games – maybe more. If the Yankees go 4-5, or worse, in these games, it would be depressing, to say the least – especially after the way they played tonight and yesterday.