Friday, May 28, 2010

Vazquez Struggles As Twins Pound Yanks 8-2

(Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

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WP: N. Blackburn (6-1) LP: J. Vazquez (3-5)

Since I'm pretty busy this morning and last night's game was pretty damn awful, I'm going to keep this to bullet points.
  • After three nice outings Javier Vazquez returned to his crappy early season form allowing 5 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks over 5.2 innings pitched. He was missing his spots badly, and it seemed that every ball hit off him was a rocket. To be honest, Vazquez was pretty lucky to give up just 5.

  • The Yankees fell behind 3-0 early, then after cutting it to 3-1 the Twins scored five in the fifth, sixth, and seventh to put the game away.

  • I thought Joe Girardi left him in a little long, but with the performance of the bullpen you can understand why he tried to get as much as he could out of Javy. Chan Ho Park allowed a walk and two hits in a third of an inning pitched. Damaso Marte actually did his job and retired the only batter he faced. And in his first outing since being signed Chad Gaudin gave up a run on two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings.

  • For the second time this season Nick Blackburn pitched well and beat the Yankees. Last night he allowed just 2 runs on 9 hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out 2.

  • Alex Rodriguez struggled at the plate, going 1-for-4, and leaving four men on base.

  • The Yankees went 2-for-7 with RISP yesterday, both hits were by Robinson Cano, who went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 10. Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira also picked up two hits apiece.

  • Jason Kubel had a huge game for Minnesota, mashing two home runs and driving in five runs.

  • Tampa won and Boston lost, so while they gain a game on the Sox they also fell to 4.5 back of the Rays.

  • Funny moment of the game: While Kim Jones was on camera talking to the guys in the booth, some Yankees fan behind her took a bite out of a pork chop on a stick she was holding.
Derek Jeter, SS4020000.283
Brett Gardner, CF4110012.293
Mark Teixeira, 1B4120001.216
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010003.284
Robinson Cano, 2B4022001.342
Nick Swisher, RF4010011.295
Juan Miranda, DH4000003.194
Francisco Cervelli, C4010010.330
Kevin Russo, LF3000000.250

2B - Mark Teixeira (9, Blackburn), Robinson Cano (14, Blackburn)
RBI - Robinson Cano 2 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (10)
Yankees RISP: 2-7 (A Rodriguez 0-2, J Miranda 0-2, R Cano 2-2, N Swisher 0-1)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Teixeira-Jeter, Jeter-Cano-Teixeira

Javier Vazquez (L,3-5)5.28553216.86
Chan Ho Park0.12221008.71
Damaso Marte0.10000003.72
Chad Gaudin1.22111318.53
IBB - Morneau by Javier Vazquez
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 112-64, Chan Ho Park 14-7, Damaso Marte 5-2, Chad Gaudin 40-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 5-9, Chan Ho Park 1-0, Chad Gaudin 1-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 27, Chan Ho Park 4, Damaso Marte 1, Chad Gaudin 7

GOAT OF THE GAME: Javier Vazquez

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