May 22, 2010

Vazquez exits early, earns win vs. Mets

Nobody guessed in the beginning of the week that Javier Vazquez would earn the only two victories so far, but that’s what happened.

Vazquez threw one-hit, shutout ball against the Mets for six innings before leaving with a bruised index finger while trying to bunt in the seventh inning leading 2-0. The bullpen, backed by Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera, closed out the game for a 2-1 win.

Best of all: Vazquez was really a pleasant surprise looking at the box score from my phone at a Broadway show. Even against the struggling Mets offense, six strikeouts and three base runners allowed for six innings is great work.

Utility player and recent call-up Kevin Russo drove in both of the Yankees’ runs on a double to right field. He also had a single and played left field. Good to see from a promising player.

Worst of all: Mark Teixeira. He has two hits in his last 20 at-bats. Yikes.

It sounds like Vazquez will be able to make his next start (see link above).

Coming up: Saturday’s game is one of the few all season played at night. It begins at 7:10 on FOX.

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