Thursday, June 13, 2013

Game 65 Wrap-Up: OAK 5 NYY 2

("You wanna get a hit?"  "Nah, fuck that.  How 'bout you?"  "Nah."  Anybody wanna get a hit?"  Courtesy of Getty Images)

Not really much to say right now.  The offense is a complete dead stick out there and they aren't even giving their pitchers a chance to win the game no matter how well or poorly they pitch.  Since shooting their wad with that 6-run inning against Aaron Harang in Seattle they have fallen off the face of the earth and it's one of those rare times where I'm actually happy I don't have to watch the games.

Game Notes:

- Regardless of how bad the offense was last night, and it was bad, Phil Hughes was just as bad.  Another "Bad Phil" start.  He gave up a 2-run homer to Brandon Moss in the 2nd, an RBI double to John Jaso in the 5th, and he failed to make it out of that inning.

- What made the outing worse was Hughes' lack of command.  He walked a season high 5 batters in just 4.1 innings.  Homers, inability to put hitters away, inefficient pitch count.  That's the Phil Hughes Formula.

- Not going to waste any more words than I have to on the offense.  They got shut out through 5, were sat down 11 in a row from the 2nd to the 6th, and scored their runs on a Mark Teixeira sac fly and a Jayson Nix groundball single.

- Tough night for the bullpen.  Joba Chamberlain got knocked around for 2 runs to put the game out of reach in the 8th and Preston Claiborne finally issued his first walk of the season, falling just short of the MLB record in the process.

F*ck Yeahs:

- Nobody.  There's really nobody who did anything good enough to be worthy of praise last night.  Ichiro had 2 hits.  Whatever.

Oh Nos:

- Hughes: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K.  95 pitches to retire 13 batters.  Axisa said Phil is the new A.J. Burnett in his game recap this morning and he's absolutely right.  That's a really sad comparison for Hughes.

- Travis Hafner: 0-4, 2 K, 2 LOB.  Where the fuck has Pronk gone?  He's down to just a .231 batting average on the year.

- Vernon Wells: 0-4, 1 K.  Good things he's got Wells keeping him company on their neck-and-neck race to the bottom.  Curtis Granderson can't get back soon enough.

Next Up:

Afternoon finale today and the Yankees need to salvage something.  They've got Hiroki Kuroda on the mound for them and a what's been a very shaky Jarrod Parker out there for Oakland.

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