Yankee starter, Javier Vazquez, went seven strong innings today, but the Yankees left their bats at the hotel as they lost Game 1 of the day-night double header, 2-0.

AP Photo/Duane Burleson

Initial Reaction:

I noted this morning that it was important for Javier Vazquez to turn in a solid performance and he did just that. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked two batters and struck out seven. Vazquez lost a little bit of his command in the 6th inning after Austin Jackson and Johnny Damon led off the inning with back-to-back hits. A Maggio Ordonez RBI ground out and Brendan Boesch single gave the Tigers the only runs that they would need.

Tigers starter, Rick Porcello puzzled the Yankees for seven innings. He gave up only four hits over seven innings. Relievers, Ryan Perry and Jose Valverde closed the door in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively.

Positives From The Game:

Vazquez Victimizes Kitties: I noted yesterday that this was one possible headline and he definitely achieved that. Vazquez was in control for pretty much the entire game. Allowing two runs over seven innings should be enough to win. The Yankee offense just didn’t show up.

Negatives From The Game:

The bats: The Yankees only had four hits, none of which came from the top four hitters in the order (Jeter, Gardner, Teixeira, and Rodriguez). They must hit during Game 2 in order to win.

Interesting Facts:

15: Brett Gardner stole his 15th base in 16 attempts today.

0 for 15: Jeter, Gardner, Teixeira, and Rodriguez in Game 1.

7: Javier Vazquez pitched into the 7th inning for the first time this season.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will look to salvage the series by winning tonight’s nightcap before tomorrow’s matinee.

First pitch is set for 7:05 PM, airing on ESPN.

Phil Hughes(4-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 5.74 ERA)

Career Stats:
Hughes: 2-2, 5.30 ERA
Bonderman: 3-7, 5.55 ERA