Hisanori Takahashi outpitched Javier Vazquez tonight, in their second low-scoring duel this season. The Yankees have now lost three straight after tonight’s 4-0 loss to the Mets.

For a view of the game through the eyes of a very, very excited Mets fan, click here to see Jeff’s recap.

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Initial Reaction:

While Vazquez was great tonight, Takahashi was better. The Yankees didn’t have a runner past first base until the sixth inning. They had eight hits and three walks, yet were unable to drive in any runs.

Takahashi escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth when David Wright barehanded Jorge Posada’s chopper to the third base side and threw him out at first. The Yankees had leadoff hits in the seventh and eighth innings, but couldn’t score. With the bases loaded in the ninth, Francisco Rodriguez struck out Derek Jeter and retired Nick Swisher on a foulout to close it out.

Positives From The Game:

Most likely to be lost in the collective anger of suffering a loss to the Mets, Javy Vazquez pitched a really good game tonight. Facing off against Takahashi once again, Vazquez tossed seven innings of three-hit ball, allowing one run and three walks while striking out four.

Negatives From The Game:

Hisanori Takahashi fooled the Yanks again tonight. He kept the Bombers off balance with an effective changeup, and painted both sides of the plate virtually throughout his six innings of work.

The Yankees went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Zero runs against a rookie pitcher not named Strasburg.

Interesting Facts:

Since going 1-3 with a 9.78 ERA through his first five starts, Vazquez has gone 5-3 with a 2.68 ERA.

After roughing up Roy Halladay on Tuesday night, the Bronx Bombers have four runs in three straight home losses – to Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick, and now the Mets’ Takahashi.

Quote Of The Night:

“You’re going to go through this, and you can’t jump off the bridge every time you don’t score runs for a couple of days,” Joe Girardi, voice of reason.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees look to snap a three-game home losing streak Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, 1:05 PM, YES: Mike Pelfrey (9-1, 2.39 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (9-1, 3.11 ERA)

Last Start:
Pelfrey: Win, six innings, three earned runs, one strikeout (at Orioles)
Hughes: Win, 5 2/3 innings, five earned runs, six strikeouts (vs. Astros)