Saturday, May 1, 2010

Not a Grand Way to Start the Month


Mark Teixeira had to be doing cartwheels that the calendar flipped, but a new month was no different for Javier Vazquez. Another bad start led to a 5-1 deficit, which the Yankees overcame, only to see the bullpen lose it 7-6. To make matters worse, Curtis Granderson pulled up lame running the bases and was diagnosed with a grade 2 strain of his groin. He was placed on the DL and reliever Mark Melancon was recalled from Scranton to take his place.

Vazquez struggled with his command as he has all season. He allowed a pair of solo home runs to Andruw Jones and a 2-run shot to Mark Kotsay. He departed after three completed innings that saw his ERA go up slightly to 9.78. The Star Ledger's Marc Carig reported that Joe Girardi would not commit to Vazquez making his next start.

The Yankees offense chipped away and wore down White Sox starter John Danks, who still departed after five innings with a 5-2 lead. In the 6th, Brett Gardner singled in a run, but Granderson's injury occurred as he neared third base. Derek Jeter's ground out brought home pinch-runner Randy Winn to cut the deficit to a single run. Nick Swisher, who has slumped at home, blasted a 2-run shot off Scott Linebrink to give the Yankees their first lead of the day. It wouldn't last long.

David Robertson allowed a one out double to Paul Konerko in the 7th. Two batters later, Girardi elected to intentionally walk Carlos Quentin and let lefty Damaso Marte face the left-handed hitting A.J. Pierzysnki. The move backfired when Pierzynski doubled home both runners to put the Chisox back on top.

Alex Rodriguez singled with two outs against closer Bobby Jenks, but red hot Robinson Cano took the collar when he grounded back to the box to end the game.

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