Vazquez Finally Has Strong Start, Loses Anyways

Javier Vazquez got his first quality start of the season and it was a good one as he held the Tigers to just two runs and five hits, all singles, but still got the loss because he’s Javier Vazquez the offense was shutdown by Rick Porcello.

Don’t get me wrong, this was not a lights out dominant start by Vazquez, but typically if you are getting starts like this out of your no. 4 starter than things should go well for your team. Like I said though, all of the hits Vazquez gave up were singles and all the Tiger’s offense came at once.

It really started in the bottom of the 5th inning when with two outs Vazquez gave up back-to-back walks before he struck out Adam Everett to end the inning. In the 6th Vazquez came back out and started off the inning by giving up a pair of singles to Austin Jackson and Johnny Damon before Magglio Ordonez picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Miguel Cabrera then singled and Brian Boesch drove in another run on another single. Vazquez then settled down getting Brandon Inge to hit into a double play and retired the 7th inning in order.

That’s it, that was the offense from both teams for the day.

Notes

  • The Yankees are standing pat as far as the roster goes for the second game of the double-header. So much for the mystery pitcher waiting back at the hotel.
  • Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 dropping his average to .277 for the season.
  • Brett Gardner went 0-for-3 with a stolen base.
  • Mark Teixeira went 0-for-4.
  • Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4.
  • Robinson Cano went 1-for-4.
  • Jorge Posada went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Nick Swisher went 1-for-4. He now has a .429 average and a 1.386 OPS during May.
  • Randy Winn went 1-for-1 with 2 walks.
  • Ramiro Pena went 0-for-3 playing third with A-Rod at DH.
  • Javier Vazquez’s line: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR.
  • Boone Logan’s line: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR.

Thoughts

  • IT’S ABOUT TIME! It’s good to see a game like this from Vazquez, but he needs to be more consistent before I get excited about him. This is a sign that he can handle American League lineups though.
  • The Yankees were shutdown by Porcello who had been struggling coming into today’s game. He woke up today with a 2-3 record and a 7.50 ERA.
  • A-Rod and Jeter both hit balls that I thought were going to be home runs, but both barely stayed in the park. If either goes over the wall we might have seen a different ball game.

Line of the Day

Javier Vazquez’s line: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR. This is a little redundant, but I don’t think we can avoid it this time. Vazquez finally pitched a good game and it came after things got so bad that the Yankees skipped him against the Red Sox. Hopefully he can build off of this.

Quote

“I was throwing strikes and staying aggressive,” Vazquez said. “We lost the game, but it was a big step forward for me.

Up Next

  • The Yankees go right back out there today as they are getting set to play game 2 of a double-header at 7:05 tonight. They’ve lost the first two games of this four game series, hopefully they can at least salvage a split here.
  • Wednesday, May 12: RHP Phil Hughes (4-0, 1.69) vs. RHP Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 5.74)
  • Thursday, May 13: LHP CC Sabathia (4-1, 3.04) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (3-2, 4.50)
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2 Responses to Vazquez Finally Has Strong Start, Loses Anyways

  1. Mike S. says:

    Minor league deal to Tim Redding? Yuk.

  2. Bronx Knight says:

    What a relief to see a quality start from Javy Vazquez. Whether you like the guy or not, if you're a Yankees fan, you have to pull for him to do well. Frankly, I like Javy and I am very hopeful that he will turn out to be a good (re-)acquisition.