Yankee Stadium is filled with fog right now at 12:45 in the morning. The only positive that came out of this 12-inning, 6-2 loss to Arizona was that Phil Hughes came out of the fog, pitching well after two bad starts to start the season.
“You don’t want to let the bad starts snowball,” Hughes said. “I just kind of tried to stop the bleeding. It would’ve been nice to get the win tonight, but I feel like I threw the ball much better. Certainly it was a step in the right direction.”
Hughes gave up two runs and six hits over seven, fanning six and walking none along the way.
“I felt more like myself,” Hughes said. “I was being aggressive, attacking hitters.”
Of course, both runs here had to come on homers. Hughes has allowed at least one homer in 32 of his last 43 starts at Yankee Stadium since 2010 and he has allowed 27 homers in 18 home starts covering 2012 and this young year.
“I’m not going to lose my aggressiveness,” Hughes said. “… What comes along with that, I’m going to give up home runs.”
Francisco Cervelli wasn’t dwelling about his tying homer in the ninth.
“The home run right now doesn’t mean anything because we lost the game,” Cervelli said.
He was dwelling more on the two catcher’s inference calls against him, including one in the four-run 12th.
“They were a little late on the swing and I was too close twice,” Cervelli said.
So the Yankees finished the homestand at 4-2 and headed to Toronto at 8-6.
“You’d sign up for four of six any day of the week,” Brett Gardner said. “We would have liked to have won tonight and got out of town on a better note. But I think we’ve been playing pretty well for the most part.”