Hughes and Co. struggle in Game 1
Yankees' bullpen unable to follow Sabathia's lead
NEW YORK -- While Yankees starter CC Sabathia dominated all Phillies hitters not named Chase Utley on Wednesday, the five relievers who followed Sabathia had trouble with them all.In a 6-1 loss to the Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series, the Yankees' bullpen combined to allow four runs on five hits and three walks.
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Hughes' five postseason runs over 4 2/3 innings is more than he allowed in 38 eighth-inning appearances during the season. It's also the equivalent to his combined earned run total in June, July and August -- a stretch of 30 games. In seven postseason games, Hughes has allowed a staggering nine hits and four walks, helping balloon his ERA to 9.64"Hughsie battled," said catcher Jorge Posada, who, along with Rivera, pulled Hughes aside for a talk prior to the World Series. "That's all you can ask for. [He] fell behind on some of the hitters and then he had to come [out]." Hughes was followed by Damaso Marte, who got two quick outs before manager Joe Girardi summoned rookie Dave Robertson. A strikeout specialist, Robertson walked Jayson Werth before giving up a two-run single to Raul Ibanez. Brian Bruney didn't do anything to slow the Phillies' offense in the following inning, allowing a one-out double to No. 9 batter Carlos Ruiz, followed by back-to-back singles to give Philadelphia its third run off Yankees relief. Bruney was also charged with Rollins' run, which came against Bruney's replacement, Phil Coke. Bruney, who made his 2009 postseason debut, was more disappointed in the location than the quality of his pitches, saying he wished he could have had the opportunity back.
Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.