Phil Hughes had one really bad inning, Adam Warren had two, but the offense had nine, as the Yankees fell to the Red Sox 11-1 on Saturday.
The first three pitches Hughes threw were called balls, setting the tone that this might be a Bad Phil Hughes day. And it was. After retiring lead off hitter, Daniel Nava, Hughes walked Mike Carp on four pitches. While no runs scored that inning, it wouldn't be much longer til they did.
The Yankee offense also used the first inning to set the tone for how they were going to perform. After Brett Gardner grounded out to lead off the inning, Red Sox starter Felix Doubront walked Kevin Youkilis on five pitches. Robinson Cano flied out in the next at bat, but then Mark Teixeira got his first hit of the season with a single. With two on, Vernon Wells came to the plate and couldn't do anything with those runners, as he struck out.
Hughes escaped a jam without allowing any runs in the second inning, but he couldn't do the same in the third. Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled off Hughes to lead off the inning, and advanced to third on a single by Daniel Nava. Mike Carp was up next, and he doubled to score Bradley, which gave the Red Sox the 1-0 lead. (Note: Nava and Carp's hits could have been dealt with a little better by Vernon Wells. Wells looked like he was running in quicksand all night.) After Dustin Pedroia struck out, the Yankees decided to intentionally walk David Ortiz to load the bases and get to Mike Napoli. That was a bad idea. Napoli hit a grand slam, making it 5-0.
Hughes was chased from the game after 4.1 innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks. He did strike out seven, so that's cool I guess.
The Yankees offense was really bad all night, but did manage to score a run in the fourth inning. Jayson Nix and David Adams led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Ichiro Suzuki was up next and he grounded into a force out at second, which put runners on the corners. Chris Stewart (who later left the game, details: here) hit a sac fly to score Nix, which cut the lead to 5-1. That was a close as the Yankees got. The offense recorded six hits on the day, and received three walks, but they scored just the one run.
Preston Claiborne came in for Hughes, and he threw 1.2 innings, allowing three hits. Adam Warren then was brought in for the last three innings. The first one went okay, as he allowed a walk and a hit, but no runs. The other two took away any hope the Yankees might have had about mounting a comeback.
Jose Iglesias and Bradley led off the eighth with two straight singles off Warren. Daniel Nava was up next and he homered, which made it 8-1. And it only got worse in the ninth. With one out, Stephen Drew added another home run. This one a solo shot, which made it 9-1. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then hit a ground rule double. A single by Iglesias, on another impressive defensive play by Wells, scored a run to make it 10-1. Bradley was next and he continued the damage by doubling to put runners at second and third. Nava grounded into the second out, but that too scored a run, making it 11-1. Jonny Gomes mercifully grounded out to end that half inning, and the Yankees mercifully went down in order to end the game.
Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound as the Yankees look to bounce back and win the series. First pitch is at 8 PM eastern. Yeah, I've got nothing. Here's a gif: