Yankee Slide Now At Two Games

May 11, 2010 – 10:11 am

Detroit 5, NYY 4. With both teams having to use emergency starters you knew this one was going to be a crap shoot from the git go, and sure enough that’s what we got. A pretty blah game all around. Sergio Mitre pitched OK, giving up three earned runs in four plus innings. He gave the Yankees a chance to win, which is pretty much what you want out of an emergency starter. Of course, with Javier Vazquez struggling it would have been nice to see Mitre come in and pitch lights out, making him at least a viable alternative to Vazquez should Javier continue to have problems. But alas, about all Mitre did was confirm the decision to go with Phil Hughes as the number five starter. Offensively the Yankees had their chances as well — in the sixth the Tiger pitchers walked the based loaded but the Yankees were unable to score, and then in the eighth they had runners on first and third with one out and again were not able to get the tying run in. Overall they were 1-for-10 with RISP — hard to win when you do that.

So now it’s up to Vazquez to prevent the first three-game losing streak of the season. He’s up against Rick Porcello who has been struggling this year, with a 9+ ERA over his last four starts. Should be a good opportunity for Vazquez to get back on track.  Or should I say, just get on track.

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