The New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday, by a final score of 7-1. Phil Hughes (0-2) got knocked around in his second start of the season. He lasted only 3.1 innings, surrendered eight hits and six earned runs.
"It's tough," Hughes said. "I came into camp, I felt good with my stuff throughout camp and things just haven't gone the way I would have liked. I just have to keep working hard and get things right.
"I feel like I can succeed in this league. It's something that I've done before and hopefully that I can do again. That sort of helps."
Rookie pitcher David Phelps – who came in for Hughes in the fourth – performed well in his first extended action of his career. Coming into Saturday's action, Phelps had only pitched three innings in his MLB career. Saturday, he pitched 5.1 innings in relief, allowing only one run and striking out four.
FanGraphs ranked Phelps as the Yankees 12th best prospect coming into this season. The 25-year-old pitched 107 innings in Triple A last season, recording six wins and 90 strikeouts.
C.J. Wilson (2-0) pitched six solid innings to get the victory for Anaheim. The Yankees are 4-4 on the season, while the Angels are 3-5.
The series concludes on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. ET. Ivan Nova (1-0) pitches for the Yankees and Jerome Williams pitches for Anaheim.
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3 game series vs Angels @ Yankee Stadium
WP: Hiroki Kuroda (1 - 1)
LP: Ervin Santana (0 - 2)
|5 - 0 win|
WP: C.J. Wilson (2 - 0)
LP: Phil Hughes (0 - 2)
|1 - 7 loss|