Phil Hughes pitched a good game last night. Twice, he walked the lead-off runner and both times that runner came around to score. But that was all he gave up and the Yanks got two runs against David Price so the score was 2-2 in the ninth. With two men out and the bases loaded, and ace close Fernando Rodney looking less than sterling, Ichiro! swung at the first pitch he saw and singled home two runs.
Enter Sandman, pictured above a few innings earlier holding court in the bullpen. Evan Longoria disposed Rivera’s first pitch over the wall for a home run but the next three batters weren’t as fortunate. Mo got the save, and the Yanks got a most satisfying win.
Final Score: Yanks 4, Rays 3.