Alright so it’s a little early to be jumping on Javy Vazquez, as Rob posted here earlier.
Vazquez came out a bit stronger this outing opposed to last, when he allowed 8 hits and 8 earned in 5.2 innings.
After two quick innings, Chone Figgin’s replacement, Brandon Wood, led off with a single followed by a steal. Erick Aybar drove Wood home in the next at bat, and Bobby Abreu drove in Aybar with an RBI double. (Score after 2: Angels 2, Yankees 0). The game moved right along until the bottom of the fifth when Robinson Cano led off with a single, and Nick Swisher drove him in with a two-out triple to center. In the top of the 6th, Kendry Morales had an RBI double, which drove Javy out of the game. Alfredo Aceves relieved Vazquez and gave up an RBI single to Maicer Izturis to put the Angels up 4-1 after 6.Torii Hunter had an RBI single off Aceves in the top of the seventh. (Score after 7: Angels 5, Yankees 1).
The Yankees rallied in the eighth with a leadoff walk to Brett Gardner followed by an infield single from Derek Jeter. Nick Johnson drove in Gardner with a liner over short for a run. After a wild pitch by Kevin Jepsen, putting runners at second and third and no outs, Mr. I-can’t-hit-a-lick-in-April “Mark” Teixeira grounded out to third, and drove in a run. Alex Rodriguez walked, putting runners at first and second when Cano grounded into a fielders choice. With runners on the corners and two outs, Jorge Posada struck out, thus ending the potential huge inning and movivation. Fernando Rodney came in for his first save of his season as Brian Fuentes’ replacement.
Final Score: Angels 5, Yankees 3.
Game MVP: Joel Piñero
- Abreu: 2-5, RBI
- Matsui: 0-4, 3 K
- Jeter: 2-4, R
- Teixeira: 0-4, RBI (3-31 on the season [.097] and hitless in 7/8 games)
- Vazquez: 5.1 IP 6 H 4 ER 2 BB 4 K (100 pitches)
- Chamberlain: 1 IP 0 H 1 K
- Piñero: 7 IP 5 H 1 ER 7 K 0 BB
Around the AL East:
-Boston: 6, Minnesota: 3
-Tampa Bay: 9, Baltimore: 1 (BAL: 1-8, 0-6 at home)
Yankees Record: 5-3 (1-1 at home)