TFD: How the story changes from Phil Hughes to Aaron Hicks
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- May 15, 2014 - 5:39 PM
Another prime example comes from today's Twins game.
If Glen Perkins works a clean ninth inning, the main story after the game would have been a fifth consecutive victory in five starts for Phil Hughes -- who was dominant again in six innings of work. We would have talked more about Chris Parmelee being the hitting hero again with his second two-run homer of the game. And we would have wondered if Aaron Hicks, a day after being called out by Twins brass, was still mired in his funk after an 0-for-3 (albeit with a walk and a run scored, but also a strikeout).
Instead, the usually steady Perkins gave up the lead in the ninth. The game extended to the 10th, where Hicks wrote a great story of redemption -- or at least "message received" -- by plating the winning run with a single to left after a solid at-bat.
Hughes is 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last five starts, and it would have been 5-0 with one more out from Perk today. He has allowed just one walk to go with 23 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings in that span. That's worth a story in itself, but Hicks ... he stole the day.
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