GIF of the Game
Phil Hughes gave up seven runs in the first and left the game before the Yankees could bat. Raul Ibanez hit two dingers and had six RBI. Preston Claiborne was great in relief but Brett Marshall resumed his Triple-A struggles at the major-league level. Should have just gone to see The Great Gatsby instead, even if it got bad reviews.
The numbers speak for themselves. Hughes was unfathomably bad. He induced a flyout from Michael Saunders to begin the game, and then he allowed the next seven batters to reach base, six of whom came around to score. He walked Dustin Ackley, who entered with six walks on the season. Kyle Seager singled. Kendrys Morales singled, scoring Ackley. Mike Morse singled, scoring Seager.
Edgar Martinez singled, scoring Joey Cora. Justin Smoak walked.
Then, Ibanez killed a pitch for a grand slam to right-center field and just like that: hooray, six-run deficit! Hughes did get an out after that, but it was a fielder's choice sandwiched between two more hits to score a seventh run. Joe Girardi mercifully yanked Hughes with the score 7-0. How historically bad was Hughes? Let the tweets tell the tale.
Oh bad Hughes..3rd Yankee SP in last 95 seasons to allow 7+ ER and 6+ hits in fewer than 1 IP (El Duque in 2000, Tommy John in 1979)— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) May 15, 2013
Phil Hughes Game Score of 10 is 2nd worst of his career and lowest by a NYY since AJ Burnett on 8/27/2010.— The Captain's Blog (@williamnyy23) May 16, 2013
The Yankees hadn't hit yet, but it already felt like the game was over since Hisashi Iwakuma was on the hill for the Mariners. Iwakuma has been only a little bit worse than ace Felix Hernandez this year. The Yankees got one run back in the first when Vernon Wells launched his 10th homer of the year to left field and Chris Stewart took him deep to left as well in the fifth, but Iwakuma was otherwise dominant. The Yanks got hits here and there, but never enough to really make a damn bit of difference in this lopsided game.
One of the scattered hits was David Adams's first career hit, a clean single to center, so that was fun anyway. He looked fine at third in his debut there and showed off a strong arm with long throws across the infield. With Chris Nelson gone, we're sure to see more of Adams at third until Youkilis returns. The birthday boy certainly offered some signs of hope that he can give the Yankees some help at the position.
Claiborne relieved Hughes and got the final out of the first inning. He then retired six of the next seven batters to keep his ERA at a perfectly round 0.00. His Excellency has been a terrific shot in the arm for the Yanks' middle relief this year; there's no doubting that. With Adam Warren resting, Triple-A starter Brett Marshall made his major-league debut. Marshall was called up the other day to provide some extra relief after Vidal Nuno's five-inning gem in Cleveland, but Marshall did not pitch as well.
Marshall had never pitched above Double-A until this year, and he had a 4.60 ERA with a 1.723 WHIP in his first six Scranton starts, so some bumps were expected. Seattle roughed him up for nine hits and five runs, with two of those hits landing over the fence as two-run dingers for Ibanez (again) and Seager. Marshall did pitch until there were two outs in the ninth though, so the innings he ate will help the bullpen for the next few days. There is value in that. Marshall threw 5.2 innings and 108 pitches, the most in a Yankees relief effort in almost 23 years.
With Marshall tiring, Girardi got a little funky for the final out. He brought in shortstop Alberto Gonzalez to channel Nick Swisher and pitch. Jayson Nix entered at shortstop and Vernon Wells moved to second base. You read that correctly. The lesser A-Gone retired the only batter he faced, Robert Andino, on a lazy pop-up to right field. 0.00 ERA, bitches. As mentioned, he was the first Yankee to pitch since Swisher took the hill for a scoreless ninth on April 13, 2009, and just the second Yankee to do so since Wade Boggs knuckled his way to a scoreless frame on August 19, 1997.
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The Yankees look to wash the taste of this awful game out of their mouths with a victory tomorrow night against Aaron Harang. Andy Pettitte pitches for the Yankees. If you're looking for New York Yankees tickets for the game, check out the linked TiqIQ approved seller.
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