Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Vazquez takes a strong step forward

Even though he lost today, Javier Vazquez took a step forward with a strong performance.

Yes, it's only one game, but we saw signs of why the New York Yankees think so highly of him. Vazquez gave up only two runs in seven innings, keeping the Yankees in the game and saving the bullpen in the first game of a split doubleheader. He looked pretty dominant at times, attacking the lineup rather than pitching tentatively as he had in previous starts. This should be a huge boost to his confidence because, by his own admission, he needed a good outing.

"I felt much better," Vazquez said when asked about his confidence.

Vazquez would have won the game today if the Yankees offense hadn't disappeared on him. "Javy pitched a good game," manager Joe Girardi said. "He gave us every opportunity to win. We just didn't score any runs."

Did the extra work on the side help him? "He sure looked good today," Girardi said. "I think it is a step forward. We'll try to build on this." Yes they will.

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