New York 17, Oakland 7. It might sound like a Jets and Raiders score, but this is what we got in a Yankees win over the A's on a steamy Friday night in the Bronx.
Steamy isn't even the word. Let's go with sweltering on an evening where it was exactly 100 degrees at first pitch. All that heat seemed to melt the spirit of Trevor Cahill, who had a night his ERA may never forgive him for. Two innings, 10 runs, all earned. Ouch.
The Yankees had a 14-2 lead after three innings, which was important due to the struggles of Phil Hughes. Making his third start off the DL, Hughes took a definite step back. The right-hander wasn't even able to hang around long enough to get the win, which is pretty pathetic when you remember he was spotted with a 12-run lead at one point.
For the Yankees, it's time to go back into hope-and-wait mode with Hughes, who wasn't sharp at all and rarely hit above 91 MPH with his fastball. It's fair to give him a pass considering the conditions, but his struggles must be closely monitored by Brian Cashman as the trade deadline approaches.
The biggest hitting star of the night was Nick Swisher, who tied a career-high with five RBIs. The majority of them came on a three-run homer in New York's five-run second. Mark Teixeira turned the game into a laugher with a grand slam in a nine-run third-inning explosion.
Even Frankie Cerveli got into the act, collecting three of New York's 17 hits. The Yankees remained two games behind the Red Sox, who beat up on the slumping Felix Hernandez at Fenway.