Originally written on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 8/10/13
Offensive struggles visible, like in Eduardo Nunez, about the season-long issues. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Detroit Tigers 9 — New York Yankees 3   Hughes wasn’t able to hold down the potent lineup in today’s 9-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees turned to Phil Hughes to carry the momentum of yesterday’s win into today’s game. Unfortunately, the Tigers had the momentum right away. In the first inning, the former Yankee farmhand Austin Jackson got the game going with a leadoff triple. Torii Hunter would bring home Jackson with a sacrifice fly deep enough to put the Tigers ahead. In the third inning, Miguel Cabrera continued with his powerful swing. After tying yesterday’s game, he took an inside fastball off the plate to deep left field for his 35th home run of the season. In the fifth inning, Austin Jackson would continue tormenting his former organization. The center fielder would go deep for his ninth home run of the season. Torii Hunter would hit a single and this would be the last straw for Hughes. Preston Claiborne would come in and try to keep the game where it was. Miguel Cabrera would get a hit and Prince Fielder would strike out. Victor Martinez would hit a double off the left field wall and one run would score. Don Kelly would bloop a single in front of Brett Gardner and two runs would score. Claiborne would finish the inning and Hughes’ line was done. In 4.1 innings, Phil Hughes allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out six. It took 99 pitches for Hughes to get through his start. Inabilities to finish at-bats and get the last strike continues to be a problem that plagues Hughes’ starting pitching career. Claiborne would get one out in the sixth inning before allowing a single and walking Austin Jackson. With extra innings taking its toll on the bullpen, Claiborne exited the game after 34 pitches. With the bullpen a little taxed from the previous two games, Joba Chamberlain would come into the precarious spot. The bad would go worse when Joba Chamberlain hung a slider and Torii Hunter went the other way to right center field. The three-run home run gave the Tigers nine runs and the Yankees offense didn’t have much fight. Through the first three innings, Anibal Sanchez shut down the Yankees. Brett Gardner would get the first hit for the Yankees in the fourth inning. Two would get on with one out but Alfonso Soriano chased out of the zone to strike out and Curtis Granderson would strike out as well. Eduardo Nunez would hit a double to center field to open the fifth inning. Lyle Overbay would hit a two-run home run to right field. His 13th home run of the game put the Yankees on the board but it didn’t catch up much ground on the deficit. Lyle Overbay would bring in the the third run for the Yankees in the ninth inning too. He supplied all the offense today but it was just a fraction of the offense the Tigers brought with them to get back on their winning ways.   Win – Anibal Sanchez (10-7) Loss – Phil Hughes (4-11)   Notables Tigers *Torii Hunter – 3 for 4, 2 R, 3-Run Home Run (13) in the 6th, 4 RBI (60) *Austin Jackson – 2 for 4, 3 R, BB, 3B, Solo Home Run (9) in the 5th, RBI (28) Yankees *Lyle Overbay – 2 for 3, R, BB, 2-Run Home Run (13) in the 5th, 3 RBI (50) *Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 4, R, 2B   Current Yankees Record: 58-57   Get your Yankees Tickets from our friends at TiqIQ.
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