Here's Phil Hughes' combined line from his last 2 outings, including today's:
8.1 IP, 17 H, 11 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 7 XBH
Here's his combined line from just the 4th and 5th innings in those 2 starts:
2.1 IP, 11 H, 10 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6 XBH
Without trying to dig too deep into such a small sample, I'll just be broad and say that's pretty fucking terrible. For 2 consecutive starts now, each and every one of Hughes' issues (inefficiency with pitches, failure to put batters away, predictable pitch selection, poor location) has come to the surface the second time he gets through the order. That's just not going to get it done, by any measure. 4-inning starts are acceptable in the GCL, not in the Majors. Clean it up, guy. That's a piss poor effort.
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