It wasn’t pretty, but the Yankees out-slugged the Angels today as they won the final game of this short two-game set, 10-6. Javier Vazquez started the game for the Yankees, but only lasted 5+ innings, yielding five runs on nine hits. Juan Miranda and Colin Curtis hit very clutch/very controversial seventh inning home runs to preserve the win.

Initial Reaction:

After the Yankees got off to a fast 6-0 start in the first four innings against Angels starter, Joel Pineiro, I thought this game would be a snoozer. However, the Angels battled back with two in the fifth and three in the sixth to knock Vazquez out of the game. The trio of David Robertson, Boone Logan, and Joba Chamberlain erratically scattered six hits and two walks over the next three innings. Both Robertson and Chamberlain got out of bases loaded jams, further proving the instability of the Yankee pen.

Offensively, both Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira had three hits. Robinson Cano launched his 18th homer of the season. However, this game became very interesting in the seventh inning. With one out, Juan Miranda launched his third homer of the season, giving the Yanks a two-run advantage. Curtis Granderson and Francisco Cervelli followed him with singles. Brett Gardner came to the plate, but was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. So, Colin Curtis took over for Gardner, mid at-bat and crushed his first career home run, extending the Yankee lead to five.

Positives:

Offense Comes Alive: After managing only two hits last night, the Yankee offense ripped off 15 hits. Mentioned above, Jeter and Teixeira accounted for 40% of them.

Congrats, Colin: Colin Curtis crushed his first career home run and a decisive one too. It secured the Yankee win.

Boone Does The Job: Joe Girardi called on lefty, Boone Logan to face the meat of the Angel order. After getting Bobby Abreu to fly out, Torii Hunter singled off Logan before he got Hideki Matsui to strike out swinging. He has to come up big with Damaso Marte on the DL.

Negatives:

Joba, Joba, Joba: It’s never easy. I need to start taking Xanax when he comes into the game. He managed to get out of his bases-loaded, one-run lead jam in the seventh inning. He gave up a run on two hits in the eighth before getting Hunter to ground out to end the inning.

Javy, What Happened: Javy Vazquez was cruising through the first four innings today. He gave up only three hits over the first four innings before the wheels came off over the next two frames. He was missing pretty badly with his fastball and the Angels took full advantage. With Andy Pettitte injured and Phil Hughes struggling, Vazquez needs to pick it up.

Interesting Stats:

5.80: Joba’s 2010 ERA

3.87: Joba’s Career ERA

31 points: Mark Teixeira picked up 31 points on his batting average from last month (.225 to .256)

What’s Next: The Yanks will welcome the KC Royals to town for a four-game set. Zack Greinke pitched today, so we won’t see him this weekend.

Thursday, 7:05 PM, YES: Bruce Chen (5-3, 4.07 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.13 ERA)

Last Start:
Chen: ND, 5 2/3 innings, four earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Oakland)
Sabathia: ND, seven innings, three earned runs, six strikeouts (vs. Tampa Bay)

Career Stats:
Chen: 1-3, 6.75 ERA (ten starts)
Sabathia: 15-10, 3.27 ERA (23 starts)

**Chen is 3-2 with a 3.85 ERA on the road this year.

**Sabathia has not lost a decision since May 23rd against the Mets.