A break-out offensive barrage in the eighth inning in tonight’s game gave the Yankees their eighth straight victory, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 11-4 behind a decent outing by Phil Hughes.
Led by three straight home runs in the second inning by Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera and a double by Mark Teixeira bringing home Derek Jeter in the first inning, the Yankees had a comfortable 4-0 lead in the second inning. Phil Hughes was good, going 5 innings, allowing six hits and three runs while walking one and striking out nine. He is now 2-2 on the season.
The spotlight of the night was the bottom frame of the 8th inning as Mark Teixeira was the one who opened and closed the inning. He struck out for the first out and after that the flood gates opened. Alex Rodriguez walked, Hideki Matsui then singled to right, advancing A-Rod to second. Nick Swisher walked to load the bases up and up came Robinson Cano, who singled to left, bringing home A-Rod. Danys Baez was replaced by Javon Walker, who allowed a single to left by Melky Cabrera, bringing home Ramiro Pena (pinch running for Matsui).
Kevin Cash registered the second out of the inning, a sac fly bringing home Swisher. The Captain then doubled to deep right, bringing home Cano and Cabrera. Then finally, Johnny Damon hit an infield single, and Jeter scored on that. Finally, it went back full cycle as Mark Teixeira was up again. He grounded out.
6 hits, 6 runs. 11-3 Yankees. Easy-cheesy.
The back-to-back-to-back homers in the second inning was the 11th time in franchise history that the Yankees did that.
Hughes struck out a career-high nine in five innings, limiting a Baltimore lineup that tagged him for eight runs and eight hits in 1 2-3 innings on May 9. It was an important start for Hughes, whose big league future is uncertain because Chien-Ming Wang appears close to coming off the disabled list and rejoining the rotation.
Alfredo Aceves followed Hughes with two scoreless innings, Phil Coke recorded two outs and Mariano Rivera got four for his eighth save in nine chances.
The Yankees send Jobamania to the mound tomorrow for the final game in this three-game series against the O’s. First pitch is 7:05pm.