Phil Hughes exits after surrendering his third home run of today’s loss. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Minnesota Twins 4 — New York Yankees 1
Home runs were the only flaw for Hughes in today’s 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Through the first six innings, Hughes was looking great. He caught Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau looking at strike three to end the first inning. In the second inning, he gave up a solo home run to third baseman Trevor Plouffe but would also strikeout the side. Through six innings, Phil Hughes had nine strikeouts and had allowed just one run on a home run.
The Yankees offense was hard to find again. After Ichiro Suzuki hit a double in the first inning, Robinson Cano singled to center field for the first run of the game. That’s it.
The Yankees had opportunities but never seized them. In the fourth inning, Vernon Wells would reach third base with two outs and Zoilo Almonte would walk. But Almonte would be caught stealing second base to end the threat. In t...