October 9, 2010 – It’s the sixth inning and Phil Hughes has
not allowed a run. He has only walked one batter and he’s struck out five.
Hughes has done all of that in a very economical fashion.
He’s only thrown 75 pitches, and he faced the minimum number of batters through
the first four innings. Of those first 12 hitters, only one reached first base
– Denard Span led off the fourth with a single – and he was erased with double
play that Orlando hit into.
After the Yankees scored three runs in the bottom of the
fourth – which lasted nearly a half hour – Hughes gave up a hit and a walk with
one out and then retired the next two batters.
That’s about as close as Minnesota has come to rattling
Hughes’ cage thus far. He’s working quickly and pitching with confidence – as evidenced
by the fact that he’s thrown 50 strikes†
(and only 25 balls).
–Alfred Santasiere III