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Game 134: Ellsbury Home Run Ties Series

Phil Hughes (4-5) and the Yankees were unable to keep the lead after a four-run 6th in tonight’s 9-5 loss.

The Yankees trailed 4-1 after 5 innings thanks to a two-run home run to center field by David Ortiz. However the Yankees offense supported the Hughes four-run 6th that included a misplay by right fielder Josh Reddick.

Unfortunately, Phil Hughes couldn’t complete 6 innings as he went 5.2 and surrendered 6 runs on 8 hits. Boone Logan took over in the 6th and was not the pitcher we saw last night. Logan came in with one on and Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate. He proceeded to continue his outstanding season with a two-run home run to give the Red Sox a 7-5 lead that they would never give up.

If this was Phil Hughes last audition for a spot in the rotation, it wasn’t promising. His ERA elevated to 6.75 and could not give the Yankees 6 quality innings. The poor pitching line from tonight’s game looms larger because it was against the Red Sox, rivals in more than just divison but it would be in the best interest of the Yankees to win the AL East. Tomorrow’s outing by A.J. Burnett in the rubber match of this three-game series may determine who is in the rotation.

Ryan Nakada

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