Make no mistake -- no one came away thinking Javier Vazquez pitched well in tonight's 8-2 loss.
“He left some breaking pitches up tonight and they didn’t miss them,” Joe Girardi said.
But Vazquez did seem to get a little -- and I'd stress the little part -- better as the night went on. Vazquez didn't think he was very good at all but thought the night could have spiraled more out of control than it did.
"Even though I got the loss, I battled out there," Vazquez said. "My first few games earlier in the season I was probably wasn't battling as well as I did today. Really the first two innings today were the ones that hurt me the most."
Which was true as three of the five runs he gave up came in the first two innings. Still, the Twins hit balls hard all night, even many of their outs. And, again, Vazquez was the first to say he didn't have a good game.
"The off-speed stuff they hit pretty good today,” Vazquez said.
But the outing was necessarily a step back to the days of April, he said.
“It’s just part of the game,” Vazquez said. “I threw a couple of good games [before] but you’re going to have some tough games too. I just have to keep battling, keep going forward and hopefully the next time I’ll do better.”
As for the bruised right index finger, it was no factor, he said.
"None, none at all," Vazquez said. "I didn't even feel it."
*** Chan Ho Park has not been good since returning from the DL and he said tonight, after allowing two hits and two runs in 1/3 of an inning things have felt "different" since his return. Not that he's hurting again, just that things have been different.
"I'm just need to remember how it was when it was good," Park said. "I have to keep trying. Maybe if I can get one game and then back-to-back to feel good about, maybe I can keep it going."
*** The Yankees totaled six runs in the three-game series, yet took two of three.
“This is baseball, we’re not going to be perfect all the time,” said Robinson Cano, who had two hits. “We’re going to have some ups and downs. We’re going to put it together soon.”
"We won two games so I don't want to overlook that," Girardi said. "We beat a very good Minnesota Twin team two out of three. We didn't win tonight and you'd love to have won tonight, but we get a chance to go home for a while and see what happens."
Friday night's it's Phil Hughes (5-1, 2.72) taking on Fausto Carmona (4-2, 3.45) of the Indians.