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Sox Hitters Yank'ed by Vazquez

April 21st vs New York

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Just 1 for 4 in the game, but few hitters could have hit Vazquez tonight."

Short Take:  Vazquez dominates Sox hitters...again.

When Javier Vazquez took to the mound for the Yankees Wednesday, Sox fans couldn’t help but be a little nervous. After all, it was only 13 days ago that Sox fans watched Vazquez baffle White Sox hitters in an 8 inning, 1 run performance. But this time the circumstances were a little different. This time Vazquez wasn’t pitching at home during the Yankees home opener, and Vazquez was coming off a rough performance against the other Sox. So this time had to be different, right? Well….maybe not. Vazquez pitched just as well this time, throwing another 8 inning, 1 run gem. The Sox once again lost the game 3-1, the same final they lost by the first time they saw Vazquez. But it wasn’t all bad for Sox fans.

In fact, there was one major bright spot for most of the game. Jon Garland came out looking like he was the one who finished 3rd in strikeouts last year. Through 5 innings, Garland was shutting down the supposedly dominant Yankee offense. Meanwhile, he had been given just one run to work with courtesy of a Carlos Lee solo home run. That came in the 4th inning, as Carlos led off the inning in a good way. The Sox would get two more singles in that inning, but couldn’t scratch across another run. Early on in this game, Garland was pitching well. When he allowed a leadoff hit in the 2nd inning, Garland quickly erased it by rolling up a double play. It wasn’t until the 6th inning that Garland was finally touched up. In the 6th inning, Alex Rodriguez hit just his 2nd home run of the year to tie the game at 1-1 and begin the Yankees scoring. In the next inning Sheffield once again led off with a single, but this time Garland couldn’t erase him. Instead, he allowed a 2-run home run to Jorge Posada to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead which the Sox could not overcome.

Offensively this game produced few positives. Aaron Rowand and Ross Gload were the only batters to reach base twice for the Sox, both walking once and recording one hit. As a team the Sox only had five hits in the game, and three walks. Pitching was the real story here. Garland pitched well as he struck out six while walking two. Cliff Politte pitched a perfect inning, striking out two including A-rod. Damaso Marte pitched a perfect inning as well, striking out one. The lack of offense cost the Sox this game. But when you have a pitcher like Javier Vazquez on the mound, sometimes you can only tip your cap and go onto the next game.

And so the Sox will tomorrow tonight when Scott Schoeneweis toes the rubber against the Yankees to try to salvage a win in this series. Schoeneweis will face off against Yankees starter Mike Mussina who is just 1-3 on the season. Game time is at 7:05 CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
 An Olivo bunt in the 3rd moved Rowand to 2nd with 1 out, but the Sox couldn't get him in.

submitted by Jjav829.

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