There’s plenty to think about after a game like last night, and different Yankees are surely waking up this morning thinking about different things.
Overthrowing in the first inning caused Hughes’ fastball to leak back over the plate, and that led to four quick runs and a debacle of an outing. Hughes said he wasn’t over-excited because of pitching so close to home, and waiting around through a long top of the first had no impact. He just tried to overdo it early. He was throwing strikes, but not quality strikes, and the Angels were able to foul off a lot of pitches.
“That’s always an issue,” Hughes said. “I’ve got that riding fastball, but I try to get quick outs as much as I can. Foul balls happen, but if I’m executing pitches, making better pitches and using my offspeed stuff I think I get some quicker outs there and don’t labor as much. … Sometimes I just have to slow myself down before the start and even if I’m feeling good, still use my secondary pitches and not try to overthrow and throw so many fastballs. That’ll be something I look to work on going forward.”
That seventh-inning, game-tying double was a huge hit, and his ninth-inning single was just a few feet away from tying the game and set the stage for a potential game-winner. Could big, late hits like that spark Martin’s bat a little bit?
“We’re going to have to wait and find out,” he said. “I’ve been feeling better at the plate and I’m starting to drive the ball the other way. I feel better. … I’m just trying to see a pitch and drive it. I try not to think. You get in trouble when you start thinking about stuff.”
The Yankees bullpen is without Mariano Rivera and Dave Robertson, but it’s still an unquestioned strength of this team largely because Wade and Boone Logan have been outstanding. Wade only threw three pitches last night, and the last one was a changeup, which is normally the best pitch in his arsenal.
“There’s going to be games that you lose like this,” he said. “Over the course of 162 games it’s going to happen to you. You don’t want it to happen, but at some point it’s going to happen to you. As a reliever you have to have a short memory. If they call for my number (tonight), I’m going to be ready to go.”
When he left the park last night, Granderson said he still wasn’t sure what exactly happened in the third inning. He and Nick Swisher both went after a deep fly ball and collided, but that’s pretty much where the story ended. Neither was hurt, despite the fact both were sprinting and were sent sprawling.
“I’d have to see it first to really be able to say anything about it,” Granderson said. “I just know we were both trying to go after it and tried to catch it. I think we were both surprised that we got to it at the same time, especially the way the ball was hit and the ball was holding up and carrying here in the stadium throughout the course of the day. It was probably more just a surprise more than anything.”
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