Javier Vazquez threw seven dominant innings of one-run ball to propel the Yankees to their 32nd win. Joba Chamberlain bounced back from Saturday’s meltdown, Mark Teixeira left with an injury to his foot, and a crucial Baltimore error gave the Yankees the W.

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Initial Reaction:

Is it just me or did the Orioles, losers of six straight, seem uninterested in this game? Well, their 7th inning error spoke volumes. With runners on 2nd and 3rd base with two outs in a tie game,  Alex Rodriguez stepped to the plate to face reliever, David Hernandez. Rodriguez hit a chopper to Miguel Tejada at 3rd base. Tejada threw the ball on one hop over to first baseman, Ty Wigginton. Wigginton could not come up with the ball, allowing the Yankees to score two go-ahead runs. This error was critical because not only did it put the Yankees ahead 3-1, but also put Orioles starter, Brian Matusz in line for the loss. Matusz delivered his third straight strong start against the Yankees (6 2/3 innings, one run).

Positives From The Game:

Vazquez=Victorious: Javy picked up his first win at Yankee Stadium this season. Even though it was against the Orioles, he was excellent for all seven of his innings. He struck out seven, gave up one run (home run to Corey Patterson) and only walked one. More impressively, Vazquez got more ground balls outs (nine) than fly ball outs (four). Coming into today, Vazquez got 47% of his outs via the fly ball and 33% on the ground.

Notice only four first pitches were out of the zone. Vazquez was getting ahead in counts with fastballs and effectively mixing in his slider. The home run to Corey Patterson came on a fastball out of the zone. He won’t lose sleep over it.

Bounce Back Joba: After getting shelled for four earned runs on Saturday, Joba Chamberlain bounced back very nicely today with an easy 1-2-3 eighth inning. In his 22 appearances this year, Joba has only given up runs on six occasions. Granted some of those runs came in bunches, but none the less, he’s been solid overall.

Top of the 7th: After the Yankees squandered a prime opportunity to score in the bottom of the 6th, Ty Wigginton doubled Nick Markakis over to third base with one out. The O’s were suddenly in business. Joe Girardi decided to play the match-ups and walk the switch-hitting Matt Wieters and go after the righty-swinging, Adam Jones (2 for 6 vs. Vazquez). Vazquez struck out Jones and got the next hitter, Julio Lugo, to ground out to shortstop to escape the jam.

Negatives From The Game:

Teixeira Exit Stage Left: Mark Teixeira left after the bottom of the 3rd inning with an apparent foot injury. Teixeira has a bruised left foot and is day-to-day.

Bottom of the 6th: After getting back-to-back hits from Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano to lead off the sixth inning, the Yankees had runners on the corners with no one out. Both Marcus Thames and Francisco Cervelli popped up in the infield and Curtis Granderson struck out to end the inning. Talk about a wasted opportunity.

Interesting Facts:

450: Derek Jeter laced his 450th career double, passing Bernie Williams for 2nd place on the all-time Yankee list. Lou Gehrig is in first place with 534 doubles.

15: Robinson Cano’s 4th inning single extended his hitting streak to fifteen games.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will look to win the series tomorrow. The Yankees have won six straight games against the lowly O’s.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM, YES: Brad Bergesen (3-3, 5.96 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (6-1, 2.70 ERA)

Last Start:
Bergesen: ND, seven innings, four earned runs, no strikeouts (vs. Oakland)
Last Start vs. NYY: Loss, 6 1/3 innings, four earned runs, two strikeouts
Hughes: Win, seven innings, two earned runs, eight strikeouts (vs. Cleveland)
Last Start vs. BALT: ND, 5 2/3 innings, one earned run, two strikeouts

Career Stats:
Bergesen: 0-1, 5.68 ERA (one start at Yankee Stadium)
Hughes: 2-2, 5.97 ERA (six starts)

**Bergesen has not won a game since May 12th and has allowed 13 earned runs over his last 17 innings. He has walked more hitters (six) than struck out (three) during that same time frame.