Phil Hughes was dominant tonight. He went 7 1 /3 innings, striking out a career high ten hitters, and allowing only one hit. The Yankees won the game, 3-1.

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Initial Reaction:

This game was all about Hughes. He was great from the beginning up until the 8th inning. He only allowed three base runners in this game. He left the 8th inning with runners on 1st and 2nd base. He was tagged with one earned run that came from a Jake Fox single off Joba Chamberlain.

Positives From The Game:

Huuuuughes: Yankees starter Phil Hughes was absolutely masterful today. He posted a career high ten strikeouts.

Catch Your Breathe: Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back triples in the spacious Oakland Coliseum during the 4th inning.

Gardner Plants One: A clutch 9th inning Brett Gardner RBI single gave the Yankees more breathing room(3-1 Advantage).

Negatives From The Game:

Swing Teix, Swing: With Derek Jeter and Nick Johnson on-base with no out in the first inning, Mark Teixeira took a third strike, leaving a stealing Derek Jeter out to dry at third base.

Where’s The O?: The Yankees only managed three runs in the victory, tied for their lowest output on the season.

Interesting Facts:

22: Yankees pitchers have struck out 22 Oakland hitters over the first two games of this series.

12: The Yankees have now gone twelve straight games without committing an error. They set a franchise record with 18 straight error-less games in 2009.

20: Hughes retired twenty straight hitters from the 1st inning until the 7th.

1 for 30: Robinson Cano broke his 29 at-bat hit-less streak in Oakland. This was the longest streak by any Yankee at any venue.

0 for 10: Randy Winn has yet to register a hit with the Yankees.

6 for 6: Mariano Rivera is perfect in converting save opportunities this year.
The Yankees have also won six straight games.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will go for their second straight series sweep tomorrow afternoon.

Game Time:

(Thursday 3:35PM) CC Sabathia (2-0, 2.84 ERA) vs. Dallas Braden (2-0, 2.70 ERA)