Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 5/29/12
Happy Birthday, Cory Wade! Or was it? Mark Trumbo took him deep to end yesterday’s ballgame, as the Yankees fell 9-8 to the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a three-game set, seeing their season-best winning streak end at five games. Of course, this loss goes much deeper than Wade, and we can start with the starter, one Phil Hughes. Hughes had been straightening himself out in his last few starts, slowly becoming a reasonable option for the middle of this rancid rotation. Last night, it took him all of six batters to give back the 3-0 lead the Yankees had earned against an ailing Jered Weaver in the opening frame. Perhaps most indicative of his struggles at the start, he recorded just one swinging strike in those first 28 pitches. His turnaround had featured a more lively fastball, and it just wasn’t there when he first left the dugout last night. Each of the next four innings found Hughes in further trouble, though none of them exploded into big innings. Still, he handed the bal...
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