Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vazquez Solid Again As Yanks Beat Astros 9-3

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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WP: J. Vazquez (6-5) LP: W. Rodriguez (3-9)

I went to the city this afternoon to meet up with some friends and got all wrapped up in the US-England World Cup match so I missed most of yesterday's Yankees game. Luckily, by the time the soccer match rolled around the Yankees were already up 6-2 and the game was pretty much in hand.

Javier Vazquez had another nice start as he continues to turn his season around. In 7 innings he held the Astors to three runs on six hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out six. He's now 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last six starts, and improved to 6-5 on the season.

Derek Jeter was the offensive star of the game. He jacked two homers on the day. The first was a solo shot leading off the first to tie Rickey Henderson for most homers to leadoff a game with 24. His second homer was a three-run shot and came in the sixth with the Yankees up 6-3. Besides the two homers, Jeter also walked to leadoff the third. The Yankees were down 2-1 at the time but would go on to score five in the inning to take control of the game. After the walk he stole second and moved to third on a throwing error, and then would score the tying run on Nick Swisher's RBI single. Jorge Posada drove in the other four runs on the third with a grand slam.

The bullpen did a good job today holding the Astros scoreless over the final two innings. David Robertson allowed two hits and struck out a batter in the eighth, and Chad Gaudin allowed one hit with a strikeout in the ninth.

The Yanks will send Phil Hughes to the mound tomorrow as they go for the sweep. Right-hander Brian Moehler and his 6.12 ERA will take the mound for the Astros. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. and the game will be on YES.

Derek Jeter, SS4324111.295
Nick Swisher, RF5111001.300
Mark Teixeira, 1B3110100.228
Robinson Cano, 2B4110001.371
Jorge Posada, DH3124010.287
Marcus Thames, LF1000100.276
Brett Gardner, LF2000012.311
Francisco Cervelli, C3110111.282
Curtis Granderson, CF3100122.248
Kevin Russo, 3B4010003.200

HR - Derek Jeter 2 (8, Rodriguez, Fulchino), Jorge Posada (7, Rodriguez)
RBI - Derek Jeter 4 (39), Nick Swisher (39), Jorge Posada 4 (19)
SB - Derek Jeter (7, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Quintero)
RISP: 4-7 (K Russo 0-2, D Jeter 1-1, C Granderson 0-1, J Posada 1-1, N Swisher 1-1, R Cano 1-1)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Nick Swisher 1

Javier Vazquez (W,6-5)76330625.43
David Robertson12000106.05
Chad Gaudin11000108.20
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 95-58, David Robertson 21-12, Chad Gaudin 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 7-8, David Robertson 1-1, Chad Gaudin 1-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 27, David Robertson 5, Chad Gaudin 3


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