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.