(Listening to “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters by Elton John)
Phil Hughes threw 30 pitches in the sixth inning, 17 for strikes. Cleveland had two hits, two walks and scored two runs.
It’s amazing what a difference one pitch can make. Hughes for the first out then got ahead of Victor Martinez 1-2. Martinez fouled off four pitches before dropping a single into left.
A walk, an RBI single, a wild pitch, a sac fly and a walk followed.
Hughes is fighting to get command of his fastball. Be interesting to see if he can adjust in his second inning.
By the way, it would not surprise me if Hughes were demoted after the game or within a day or two. He’s pitching on the same day as the Wanger, who will go five innings in his next start. Hughes need to go four his next time, which leaves no opportunity for relievers.
At some point, Hughes need to prepare for his season and his season won’t start with the Yankees.