March 20, 2009

Hughes helps Yanks make it eight straight

The Yankees' 4-2 victory over the Twins marked their eighth consecutive win, and it was their second time beating the Twins this week.

Phil Hughes had an impressive outing giving up just one run over four and a third innings.  He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out none.

Mark Teixeira delivered the Yankees' first run of the game in the sixth inning on a solo shot off of Joe Nathan.  It was Tex's first homer of the spring.

After the Yankees went ahead 3-2 in the eighth inning, Austin Jackson supplied some insurance with a solo dinger of his own.  Kei Igawa barely closed the game out in the ninth as he gave up two hits and walked a batter.  But Igawa and the Yankees held on for the win.

Who would have thunk that Teixeira's first home run as a Yankee would be off Joe Nathan?  Let's see him do that in the regular season.  It's also nice to see Phil Hughes turn in another solid performance.  He's currently sporting a 2.19 ERA alongside a Yankee leading 12.1 innings pitched.


Anonymous said...

Eh, Joe Nathan is overrated. He's never been able to stand up against the Yankees in a big spot. He's Trevor Hoffman-lite.

Lenny Neslin said...

Overrated? Seriously? Nathan has had six consecutive healthy seasons, and his last three have ERAs under two. Only Hoffman has more saves than Nathan over the last five years (202-199). Mo has 199 as well. Overrated?

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