Swamped with work, I’ll make this relatively brief. A-Rod and Hughes were nothing short of phenomenal, the offense was relentless, and the Yanks put the hurt on the Rangers 11-1. The Yanks scored twice in the first on four hits by the first four batters, plated four more in the third, and controlled the Rangers throughout. A-Rod went 5-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and 4 RBIs (19 on the brief year for him thus far), upping his average to .259. He hit everything hard and to all fields, a tremendous display of hitting by A-Rod. Teixeira was 2-3 with 2 RBIs (36 this year) and a double, batting .275. Cano was 2-5 with a triple, driving in 2 (27 this year) and batting .315. Jeter was 1-5 with a double to start the game, scoring twice. JD was 2-4 with 3 runs, batting .312. Swish drove in 3, giving him 27 this year. My boy Cash (!) went 3-5, upping his average to .182. Really, the whole team mashed today, with rarely a bloop or accidental hit as the team belted 19 base hits and was a stellar 9-20 with RISP–with some of those RISP outs late after the game was no longer in doubt.
But Hughes was every bit as important to this blowout as the offense, completely shutting down the potent Texas lineup. After allowing a lead-off double to Cruz and hitting Blalock, Hughes fanned the next three in a row, went 1-2-3 in the 3rd, worked around a lead-off double by Hamilton in the fourth and threw only 9 pitches that frame then, after allowing a one-out double to Teagarden in the fifth and a lead-off walk to Blalock in the sixth, didn’t let anyone else reach base. He was dominant, fanning six, using a terrific curve and fastball that was in the low 90s, and throwing lots of strikes–65 of 101. Aceves surrendered a solo shot to Cruz in the bottom of the ninth to break the shutout, but this was a laugher early, 11-1 Yanks.
The Yanks are now 26-19, seven above .500 and, with Toronto losing again, the Yanks are in sole possession of second, two ahead of Toronto in the loss column, while the Yanks await the outcome of Boston-Minnesota, with Boston ahead 6-3 in the 9th. Great to see the bats show up en masse, especially A-Rod’s. Just as terrific, Hughes deserves another look in the rotation after hand-cuffing the Rangers. Great performance all around.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone.