July 20, 2010

Halos thump Hughes, Yanks

The Angels’ bats came alive against Phil Hughes and the Yankees’ pitching staff Tuesday night in a 10-2 slaughter at Yankee Stadium.

Best of All: Alex Rodriguez and Juan Miranda both had two-hit nights, and Nick Swisher stayed hot with a solo shot in the first.

Joe Girardi got ejected. He was wrong on a stupid play on the bases in the sixth inning, but he was right to get ejected. Why not? Down 6-2 with time still left for a comeback, why not try to spark the offense?

Worst of All: Hideki Matsui hit one of three homers against Yankee pitching. Godzilla may be closer to home in Los Angeles, but I bet he liked New York better.

The Yankees allowed 10 unanswered runs, as both Yankee runs were scored in the first inning.

Jonathan Albaladejo, Chan Ho Park and Chad Gaudin each allowed at least one run after Hughes was rocked for six runs over five-plus innings.

With Hughes and A.J. Burnett struggling, and now Andy Pettitte shelved for three to five weeks, the Yankees’ biggest strength may now be one of their most glaring weaknesses.

Coming Up: The Yankees will put the ball in the hands of Javier Vazquez to avoid the short-series sweep.

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