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Yankees v. Mets - June 18 - Postgame

You won’t find Joe Girardi ready to leap from high ledges just yet.

Minutes after a 4-0 loss to the Mets, during which his lineup failed to score any of 11 base runners to lose for a third straight game, Girardi preached patience.

“We’re not swinging the bats right now,” he said. “But you’re going to go through this and you can’t jump off the bridge if you lose a couple games.”

The three straight losses ties a season high.

Girardi, responding to a question regarding whether the team is frustrated, replied “Any time our guys don’t get hits they’re not gonna be happy about it.”

He said many things can turn a lineup around but that “sometimes you need a break to get things going.”

Not only is the lineup underperforming of the late, but the bullpen is too. Relievers combined to allow three runs in two innings tonight, and the combination of impotent hitting and subpar pitching is beginning to waste quality outings from the starters. The latest victim was Javier Vazquez who pitched seven innings, allowing just a first inning run, but still got the loss.

“He was unbelievable,” Francisco Cervelli said. “He’s been pitching like this the last month and it’s crazy to think it gets better and better every start…it seems every time he pitches we don’t score runs, and he needs help.”

Added Derek Jeter: “Javy was outstanding again. He went out there and gave up one run in the first inning, but otherwise he was on all night.”

On the other end of things was Hisanori Takahashi (six shutout innings) who pitched an impressive start against the Yankees for the second time this season, though this time he earned the win.

“He pretty much did what he did the first time around,” Jeter said. “He pitched well the first time and he picked up where he left off.”

But despite the lack of run scoring—and the prospect of facing Mike Pelfrey on Saturday and Johan Santana on Sunday—hitting coach Kevin Long said he’s not worried about his slumping sluggers.

“Sometimes you’re going to swing the bats and you’re not going to get anything…it’s just a tough stretch,” he said. “This room is tough. These guys battle. These guys work.”

News and Notes: Girardi said he talked to Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning and the third baseman’s leg felt fine after playing the field, though Girardi said he was leaning toward putting Rodriguez at designated hitter tomorrow…Javier Vazquez credits improved location and being more aggressive in the strike zone with his turnaround this year. “I feel good right now,” he said. “Obviously, I’m still working hard, I’m still working on everything…but right now I feel like I’m throwing the ball well.”…Girardi was asked if Jorge Posada could have possibly beat out a ground ball to third base with the bags loaded in the bottom of the sixth. “Maybe in a different life,” he said.


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