I’ve been waiting for this day to come. The day when the Yankees FINALLY got the better of the self-proclaimed King Felix Hernandez. Hernandez gave up six earned runs (two HRs) on nine hits in six innings. Teix and Chris Dickerson (yes, the same Chris Dickerson that doesn’t have a John Sterling HR Call) homered off the King. Isn’t life grand, Seattle?
With the win, the Yankee record improves to 89-57. The Yankees are four games ahead of the Red Sox in the loss column. Their magic number sits at nine.
Great win by the Yankees tonight. Making the playoffs is almost a forgone conclusion, so the remaining games will be used to evaluate pitchers and younger players. The Yankees brought another rookie up, sliding catcher Austin Romine behind the plate to catch Phil Hughes. Tough break that he had to face ‘King’ Felix in his debut. Romine did got 1 for 4 though. Welcome to the Bigs, kid.
Phil Hughes started for the Bombers and gave them six quality innings. Hughes scattered five hits and struck out three. His pitch count (99) was a little high for only six innings, but he looked good.
Side Note: Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays are storming up the standings. The Rays are only three game behind the Red Sox for the AL Wildcard. With only 17 games to go, anything can and will happen. The Rays have also called up their top pitching prospect, Matt Moore. He’s a left-handed starter that throws 96+ MPH. Sound like anyone familiar?
Same two teams tomorrow night as the Yanks look to build off this win.
Tuesday, 10:05 PM: AJ Burnett (9-11, 5.27 ERA) vs. Charlie Furbush (3-8, 4.84 ERA)