Phil Hughes gave up 5 runs including 3 home runs in less than 3 innings leading to an 5-3 Oriole victory over the Bronx Bombers Saturday afternoon.
The Yankees came back only from 5-0 to a 5-3 loss. But David Phelps’ four innings gave the Yankee a game to come back to. He allowed no runs, one hit and no walks and struck out six — was glimmer of sunshine on the shoulders of a team badly buffeted in the early innings. This will put the pressure Hughes to perform better next time out or possible lose his spot in the rotation to Hughes.
The same can be said about Ivan (No-Go) Nova who is pitching through hard times as well.
Wei-Yin Chen and Hiroki Kuroda will square off in Sunday night’s rubber match, each aiming to take the series and give his club the early edge in this American League East rivalry. In Kuroda’s last outing the veteran right-hander was ineffective early on Monday against the Indians, battling his command through a 34-pitch first inning in which he gave up three runs, but he settled down after that, got plenty of run support and escaped with a win. Chen hasn’t won a regular-season start since Aug. 19, 2012. The lefty’s winless streak reached nine games in a hard-luck loss to the Red Sox on Monday, when he tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs, all of them on a seventh-inning homer by Daniel Nava.