With their win tonight, the Yankees go 14-12-2 for the spring. Considering that, coming into tonight’s contest, New York had lost 5 of their last 6 games, 14-12-2 is pretty good.
An interesting game by Phil Hughes tonight.
The great news: He threw 64% of his pitches for strikes, used only 3.45 pitches per batter, and retired 75% of the batters that he faced. Plus, his fastball was clocked at 94 to 95 MPH in the fifth inning. If he does all that every time out, he’ll be a 20-game winner.
The only concerning news: 73% of Hughes’ non-strikeout outs came on fly balls – on a night playing in a big ballpark with wind at 11 MPH coming in from center. Ideally, you want to see Phil keep the ball on the ground more. (Paul Hoover gave one shot off Hughes a pretty good ride in the fourth. Had that one been a little deeper, it changes the look to Phil’s outing tonight.) But, at the end of the day, it all worked out for Hughes this evening in terms of the bottom line.
So, now, we wait until Monday afternoon…it’s going to seem like forever.