Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hughes Pummeled Early

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hughes Pummeled Early

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NEW YORK -- The serenade of boos followed Phil Hughes every step of the way, from the mound to the dugout on his walk of shame.

There was nowhere to hide after maybe his worst career start. And on Wednesday night, there was no redemption to be had in the Seattle Mariners' 12-2 assault of the Yankees.

The metrics of Hughes' outing -- -- an atrocious, painful appearance that did not last even one inning, the shortest of his career -- were easy to count.

Seven runs (earned).

Six hits.

Two walks.

Two outs.

Thirty six pitches.

Seventeen minutes.

And one Raul Ibanez grand slam (just part of the two-homer, six- RBI night for the former Yankees October hero.)

Just like that, Hughes was done. And so were the Yankees (25- 15).

Before they had taken even a single swing at the plate. Before the Yankee Stadium crowd of 34,081 had finished inching its way along the Major Deegan Expressway and found its seats.

And before the sun even set following the 7:08 p.m. start.

"It's going to be tough to sleep the next couple nights for sure," Hughes said.

By the ninth inning, manager Joe Girardi had moved shortstop Alberto Gonzalez to the mound with two outs -- he induced a Robert Andino fly-out -- and outfielder Vernon Wells to second base.

The Yankees hope the brutal outing for their No. 4 starter merely was an anomaly.

"Phil's pitched pretty good for us," Girardi said. "He's part of the reason that we are where we are right now. ...

"If you start long enough, you're going to have one of these nights."

Hughes had no command of his fastball, despite being "probably the best I've been all year in the bullpen before the game." And none of his breaking pitches was any better.

"I tried to go to change-up, slider, curveball. It seemed like nothing was there, nothing I could really go to to try and find a way out of it," he said. …

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