October 16, 2012 — Phil Hughes hasn’t been flawless through three innings, but he’s matching Justin Verlander in the only statistical category that matters — runs.

Neither pitcher has allowed the opposition to score yet.

Hughes fought his way out of a first and third jam in the third inning, and it showed a level of grit and toughness that should serve as inspiration to his teammates.

After Hughes gave up a walk to Miguel Cabrera, he came back to get the Tigers cleanup hitter Prince Fielder to fly out to center field, which was no easy task.

But even in the Cabrera at-bat, Hughes didn’t give in without a fight. Hughes threw several well-placed pitches in the eight pitch at-bat, and he refused to give the Triple Crown winner a good pitch to hit.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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