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A first since 2008: Justin Verlander loses three straight

Jun 3, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

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Behind a sterling effort from Phil Hughes, the Yankees took down Justin Verlander and the Tigers 5-1 on Sunday, sending Detroit’s ace to his third straight loss.

Verlander, the AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP last year, was charged with all five runs in his 6 1/3 innings of work, though only three were earned. He gave up nine hits, two of them homers, and walked four in the contest.

It’s the first time since 2008 that Verlander has lost three straight. In fact, when Verlander lost to the Red Sox on Tuesday, it marked just the third time since the beginning of the 2009 season that he had suffered a two-game losing streak.

Verlander was very good in the first start of the losing streak, when he dropped a 2-1 game to the Indians, but he’s now given up five runs in back-to-back starts. His ERA stands at 2.67, which is the highest he’s finished an outing at since last June 9.

Hughes, on the other hand, turned in one of the best efforts of his career, throwing just his second complete game in 82 starts. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out eight in earning his fifth win today.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Great, great outing by Phil Hughes, even more impressive coming off his last fiasco. A CG, 8 K’s and just 4 hits and 1 ER. The Yankees finish the road trip 6-3 not bad at all.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Verlander got away easy today. Yankees should have scored 8 or 9 today, but their poor hitting with risp continues. Nice outing by Hughes, who’s 4-1 in his last 5 starts.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Verlander, the AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP last year, was charged with all five runs in his 6 1/3 innings of work, though only three were earned

    Someone help me out here in explaining how he only gave up 3 ER?
    1 – Jeter HR in first
    2 – Teix sac fly
    3 – Arod HR in 3rd

    5th inning, Granderson on second, Cano hits a triple to CF. Granderson scores easily (4th run). As Cano is making his way to third, the throw goes into the camera well for an error, scoring Cano (5th run). Isn’t Granderson’s run earned since he scored before the error? Honest question

    • pbg2609 - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Tex advanced to 3rd with the help of a passed ball, therefore run #2 is unearned.

      • pbg2609 - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM

        Oops. I meant Granderson. Tex hit the sac fly, but Grandy got to 3rd va the passed ball.

  4. sailorborn - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Keep throwing 120 – 130 pitches every 5 days and the best pitcher in baseball will have a losing record

  5. jimbo1949 - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    “Hughes, on the other hand, turned in one of the best efforts of his career”
    .
    Hughes had a no-hitter into the 7th back in ’07 when he pulled a hammie and had to leave the game.
    .
    Damn, 5 years ago

  6. mybrunoblog - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    After watching Leyland this weekend I think he will look about 103 years old by September if the Tigers don’t turn it around.
    I’m also thinking he tearing through about 3 packs of Marlboros a day.

  7. natstowngreg - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Obviously, an overrated bum. Send him back to the Toledo Mud Hens.

    (sarcasm button)

  8. rico7207 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Only so many innings in an arm. That’s why Philly or any team should not sign Hamels or any pitcher for more than 3 years. Ask Roy Halliday!!!!

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