In a game that was never in any doubt, the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1. Phil Hughes got the win for the Yanks. With the win, the Yankees move to 33-20 on the season that is one game away from being a third of the way over.

Photo Credit: Frank Franklin II (AP)

Initial Reaction:

With tonight’s performance, Phil Hughes has solidified his candidacy not only as an All-Star, but also as a potential All-Star starter. He went seven innings, allowing six hits, one walk, and one earned run while striking out seven. Chad Gaudin needed a Brett Gardner to Derek Jeter to Francisco Cervelli relay, but he still went two innings without allowing a run.
Hughes received more than a necessary amount of insurance runs tonight. Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Curtis Granderson all had three hits in the contest. The highlight was Robby Cano’s two-run bomb in the bottom of the seventh.

Positives From The Game:

Welcome Back!: Jorge Posada was back after missing the last 15 games with a stint on the disabled list with a fractured foot. As the DH, he went 1-3 with a walk and a run. The run was very impressive, scoring from first on a Curtis Granderson double.

Bottom of the 2nd: In the second inning, there were two two-run doubles, one by Curtis Granderson and one by Nick Swisher, to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

K.O.: The Yankees knocked out O’s starter Brad Bergesen in 2.1 innings. He threw only 48 pitches, but couldn’t keep runners off base, allowing seven hits and two walks. The Yankees earned all six of the runs allowed.

Can(o) he be stopped?: Robinson Cano continued his tear through opposing pitchers, going 3-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Negatives From The Game:

Nothing goes here tonight. Great game.

Interesting Facts:

16, 8: Robinson Cano has hit safely in sixteen consecutive games. He also has had a multi-hit day for eight straight games, which is the longest in the majors for the season.

0-2: Phil Hughes got ahead of batters early and often tonight, working nine 0-2 counts on Orioles’ hitters.

.815: The Yankees’ winning percentage when they score first (22-5).

What’s Next?:

The Orioles have one game to try to steal a win from the streaking Yankees. It will be a matinee performance, which can be seen at 1:05 PM on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

Kevin Millwood (0-5, 3.89 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (4-3, 4.16 ERA)