Yankees postgame: Hughes frustrated • 07.23.11
Phil Hughes had an easy victory. The Yankees handed him a 14-2 lead after three, and he couldn’t make it through five to get his second win. His fastball command was off and his curve wasn’t biting like last time in Toronto. He threw 98 pitches and left after 4 1/3. He was charged with seven runs, nine hits, four walks and one hit batter.
“I’m not frustrated I didn’t get a win, just frustrated that the outing didn’t go better, because I really felt I was making some good strides,” Hughes said.
Joe Girardi said: “You’ve got to look at it as a blip. You’ve got to move on. He’ll be back out there Wednesday.”
Hughes said it was really hot and he was glad this wasn’t a day game, but he wouldn’t blame the conditions – 100 degrees at first pitch.
“(Hector) Noesi went out there in the same heat and did a great job,” Hughes said. “… I don’t think that was really an issue.”
Noesi allowed two runners he inherited from Hughes to score, but the rookie right-hander was charged with no runs and four hits and no walks over 3 2/3 to move to 2-0.
“I’m really pleased with the progress this kid has made,” Girardi said.
*Mark Teixeira broke a 70 at-bat homerless streak with his third-inning grand slam, when he was hitting left-handed. Teixeira went 1 for 4 with two walks. He’s batting just .240.
“July hasn’t been kind to me,” Teixeira said. “Hopefully this will get me going. … Left-handed I haven’t been feeling good the last month.”
Teixeira was dropped to fourth for just the second time. Brett Gardner led off, followed by Derek Jeter and then Curtis Granderson, who made his first career start in the three hole, moving down from No. 2. Robinson Cano batted fifth. Joe Girardi said this would probably be the order today as well when righty Rich Harden starts for the A’s.
“I like it,” Teixeira said. “I think it makes our lineup deeper. … I love having (Gardner) as the leadoff hitter right now.”
*Brandon Laird was thrilled when he got to pinch hit for Jeter in the seventh — his first major-league plate appearance. Joey Devine’s first pitch went sailing behind the rookie’s back.
“I didn’t know what to think,” Laird said. “I was just standing there and I looked in the dugout, and the guys were like, ‘What’s going on?’ ”
Laird, the brother of Cardinals backup catcher Gerald Laird, ended up working out a walk. He stayed in the game to play third and was even more thrilled in the home eighth when he delivered an RBI single through the middle for that first big-league hit.
“It was awesome,” Laird said. “All the fans were cheering. I looked up at my family all excited. It was amazing.”
*Eric Chavez played seven innings at third Friday night in his fourth rehab game for Single-A Tampa and doubled in four at-bats. It was his second straight start at third.
*The AP reported that Marcus Thames worked out at the minor-league complex in Tampa Friday, and that the 34-year-old outfielder will report this coming week to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
*The Yankees have beaten Oakland 11 straight times and 24 times in the last 27 meetings.
“It’s been a long streak, but I’d hate to think that that gets in your head,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
*The 17 runs marked the most the Yankees have scored at the new stadium.