Record-Setting Win for the Yanks
Phil Hughes stepped up big time on Tuesday night as he went the distance in a rain-shortened 5-0 victory. He got his first career complete game shutout, though only going 6 innings due to the rain. Mark Teixeira blasted two, two-run home runs in the game account for much of the Yankees' offense.
Find out what major league record Teixeira broke in the game and an impressive stat for his Yankee carrer.
Mark Teixeira in this game hit a two-run home run from both sides of the plate. He now becomes the major league record holder for most times hitting home runs from both sides of the plate in a single game. He has done this now 12 times, and, he's still got quite awhile to go in his career. The previous record was 11 held by Eddie Murray and former Yankee Chili Davis, followed by Mickey Mantle and current Yankee Nick Swisher at 10. Both Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams have interestingly done it 8 times themselves.
Mark Teixeira also joins another historical club in franchise history. With this 30th and 31st home runs of the season, Mark Teixeira becomes only the fourth Yankee in franchise history with now at least eight (8) consecutive seasons with at least 30 home runs or more! Current Yankee Alex Rodriguez is another along with hall of fame players Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.
Phil Hughes pitched great under pressure and scrutiny as he is competing with Ivan Nova for one starting position in the Yankees' rotation. The complete game shutout in 6 innings effort by Hughes certain helps his cause. In the 6 innings he allowed only 3 hits, didn't allow a walk, and struck out 4. Though an average start and worse more than likely would have sent him to the bullpen, where he excelled in 2009.
As of now, the Yankees and manager Joe Girardi will run a 6-man rotation until the Nova/Hughes competition ends. Likely, Nova will prevail and it'll be Hughes who'll be sent to the bullpen to solidify the 6th/7th innings, as he would fill the vacancy left by Joba Chamberlain.
The Yankees remain one game back of Boston in the AL East. Both teams have two more games before the two meet in Boston for their weekend head-to-head series for the division lead. Boston has the Yankees' number so far this season. Though the pressure will be on the Red Sox to hold that AL East lead.