Samuel Deduno pitched seven solid innings, giving up only six hits and striking out three batters, as the struggling Minnesota Twins snapped their six-game losing streak and beat the New York Yankees on the road today 4-1. Deduno is now 5-4 on the season and the Twins are now 38-53. The Yankees are now 51-43, over six games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.
Phil Hughes (4-9) struggled on the mound for the Yankees, surrendering home runs to Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Doumit, and Pedro Florimon. Coincidentally, all the home runs came on 2-2 pitches with one out. Hughes was understandably frustrated when speaking to the media after the game.
I’ve felt good with my stuff over the last three or four starts. There’s just one or two mistakes that I have to stay away from. I have a straight fastball, a four-seamer, that when I miss over the plate with it, it leads to fly balls. I just have to concentrate on location, and it comes down to execution.
The two teams meet again tomorrow with CC Sabathia taking the mound for the Yankees.