Phil Hughes struggled, going just 2.2 innings, in today’s loss to the Padres. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
New York Yankees 3 — San Diego Padres 6
Early struggles are enough in today’s 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres to end this five-game West coast trip in the National League.
The starters of today were both hyped prospects of the Yankees farm. Neither have really fulfilled expectations as Ian Kennedy, acquired by the Padres at the trade deadline, makes his first start with his new team against a friend, Phil Hughes.
Phil Hughes is a fly ball pitcher so the spacious dimensions of Petco Park should benefit him. They did in one way but didn’t in another.
In the second inning, Will Venable started the inning with a single that dropped in front of center fielder Curtis Granderson. He would advance by stealing second and a single put runners on the corners with no outs. Mark Kotsay would hit a productive out to center field as it was deep enough to score the fist run of the ga...