WP: Porcello (3-3, 6.08)
LP: Vazquez (1-4, 8.10)
S: Valverde (10)
Detroit starter Rick Porcello finally regained his form at the expense of the Yankees. Porcello pitched seven shutout innings, and outdueled New York starter Javier Vazquez, and the Tigers took Game 1 of the double header, 2-0.
Porcello allowed just four hits in his seven innings, and the Tigers bullpen took over the rest. Set-up man Ryan Perry pitched a one-two-three eighth inning, and closer Jose Valverde shut the door in the ninth.
Vazquez pitched seven innings, while only allowing two runs and five hits, but earned his fourth loss of the young season.
Detroit scored both of their runs in the sixth inning. The Tigers put runners on the corners with nobody out after a pair of singles from Austin Jackson and Johnny Damon. Magglio Ordonez then followed with a fielders choice to knock home Jackson.
Miguel Cabrera then singled which forced a Yankee mound visit. Soon after, Vazquez’s rough inning continued as Tiger RF Brennan Boesch ripped an RBI-single to score Ordonez.
Vazquez soon escaped the inning as he forced Tiger 3B Brandon Inge into a double play.
The Yankees simply could not put together a rally. The Bombers only had four hits, and one of those was an extra base hit, when Jorge Posada doubled. Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, and Randy Winn also had hits during the loss. Porcello and the Tigers pen were just too much for the Yankees.
Vazquez has struggled miserably during the early portion of the 2010 season, but he pitched what was by far his best outing of the season. His seven innings, two runs, five hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts are all a season best for Vazquez. In the end, the bats failed to back up Javy, and he earned his fourth loss of the season.
After the shutout, each team did not have long to regroup. The game was the first of a double header. The two teams took the field a little bit later. Check out BronxBombersReport.com later for the recap of that game.