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Phil Hughes stepped on a major league mound last night, wearing glasses, for the first time since April 29 and got a no decision in the Yankees 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox last night.

The Yankees were looking for big things from the 22-year-old this season and going into last nights game he still had zero wins for the year. He would not pick up his first win last night despite pitching decently.

The trouble was that he did not go deep enough into the game to get credit for the victory. After he threw 33 pitches in a scoreless first inning he threw 50 more for a total of 89 over four innings in which he allowed just four hits, one run, two walks, and four strike outs.

Hughes struggled at times causing his pitch count to get so high so early in the game. He was getting ahead of hitters for the most part, but could not put them away as the White Sox were able to work deep counts by fouling off many pitches.

He did get a few big strike outs in key spots to keep himself out of trouble like in the first inning when he got out of a jam by striking out Paul Konerko looking to end the inning.

The probably with keeping his pitch counts low has been a running theme in Hughes’ brief major league career. He shows that he has electric stuff, but often runs into trouble putting hitters away. The result is he is not able to go deep into games which is a big reason he has zero wins through September 18.

In 20 career starts as a Yankee Hughes averages just under five innings a start and he will be able to snag a spot in next year’s rotation if he cannot change that number for the better.

It’s a good thing the Yankees are sending him to the Arizona Fall League this off-season. It will give him time to refine his game and focus on what he needs to do to consistently put major league hitters away. It will also give him time to work on his pitches, especially his change and cutter, although the cutter looked sharp last night.

Last night was a good first step, not a leap, but a good step. Now he has to build on that this off-season.

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