May 1, 2010

A bad, bad day in The Bronx

I’m glad I wasn’t at the stadium to see this one.

Javier Vazquez was awful yet again, Curtis Granderson injured his groin in the sixth and the Yankees’ bullpen blew a 6-5 lead in the seventh. The White Sox (10-14) beat the Yankees (15-8) 7-6.

Quick ‘Cap:
Nick Swisher’s two-run shot in the sixth capped a four-run rally to take a 6-5 lead. In the seventh, David Robertson relieved Sergio Mitre, who pitched a brilliant three innings in relief of Vazquez. Robertson didn’t last long after allowing two to get on, and then Damaso Marte came in to give up the game-winning two-run double to A.J. Pierzynski.

Vazquez allowed three homers in three-plus innings: two solo shots to Andruw Jones and a two-run homer to Mark Kotsay. His 9.00 ERA went up to 9.78 after exiting.

Granderson injured his groin while running the bases on Brett Gardner’s RBI single in the sixth. It’s likely Granderson will head to the 15-day DL. The only positive from this game: Mark Teixeira collected two hits. It’s finally May, folks. White Sox-Yankees box score.

The Yankees have the option to skip Vazquez’s spot in the rotation next time around because of an off day, and I think they should. He needs some extra time to work out the kinks, like getting his fastball velocity back and fixing his mechanics. Losing Granderson is a tough blow, but the offense won’t sink too much, but the outfield defense will.

Line of the Day:
Mitre: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K. Maybe he replaces Vazquez in the rotation at some point this year?

Up Next:
The rubber match is set for a 1 p.m. start tomorrow in The Bronx.

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