Phil Franchise kept the Detroit Tigers scoreless Tuesday night in his season debut. Hughes was called up to replace the injured and not-confident Chien-Ming Wang in the rotation and played in his first major league game since last September.
Hughes pitched 6 innnigs, holding the Tigers to 2 hits and 2 walks. He also fanned 6, throwing 99 pitches, 58 for strikes.
Tigers starter Edwin Jackson was also dominating Tuesday night, only allowing the Yankees 4 hits and 1 walk through six innings, while holding the team scoreless. Jackson notched 4 strikeouts.
Despite Jackson’s domination, the Yankees batters forced him to throw 117 pitches through six innings, leading to the Tigers’ bullpen to take over the game in the seventh.
That’s where it got interesting.
Nick Swisher singled to left center. Melky Cabrera walked. After a Jose Molina sacrifice fly, Jorge Posada hit a sacrafice fly to the left fielder, Josh Anderson, who flucked it up, dropped the ball, and allowed Swish and Melky to score. 2-0 Yankees.
Angel Berroa came in to run for the slow and hamstring-injured Posada. Captain Clutch (Derek Jeter) walked. Johnny Damon singled to center, scoring Berroa. After Mark Teixeira fouled out, Hideki Matsui singled, scoring Jeter. Robbie Cano then singled to right, scoring Damon. 5-0 Yankees, 2 outs.
Swish came back out and walked, loading the bases. Cabrera drew a walk, scoring a run. Then Molina drilled a beautiful shot to left. Grand slam. 10-0 Yankees.
After Berroa singled, Jeter grounded out and ended the Yankee rally.
Swisher then added a one-run shot to right in the top of the ninth to make the final score 11-0.
Mark Melancon and Edwar Ramirez teamed up to preserve the shut out, Ramirez held off a small rally from the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth.
The win snapped a 4-game losing streak for the Bombers and pulled them back up to .500 at 10-10. The Yankees and Tigers face off Wednesday night for the last game of the series before heading back home for a 4-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.