Tonight’s game pretty much speaks for itself. I’m not sure there was any sort of great wisdom or understanding that came from any of the postgame conversations.
Javier Vazquez’s velocity has fluctuated this season, and it was down tonight, but he was still able to retire 11 of 12 at some point. He had enough to get outs, he simply gave up two home runs and couldn’t pitch around that second inning error.
The Yankees had just as many hits as the Red Sox, but after allowing that first-inning home run to Mark Teixeira, Clay Buchholz settled in pitched out of nearly every jam. He even got Curtis Granderson to ground into only his second double play of the past two years, and his first of the season.
The play of the night — for all the wrong reasons — was the dropped fly ball in the second inning. It should have been the second out, instead it left runners at the corners and opened the door for a three-unearned-run inning.
Francisco Cervelli: “You never let the pitchers catch fly balls. It was my fault. That’s it. I dropped it.”
Javier Vazquez: “After it dropped I said man, I should have called that ball because it was an easy play for me.”
Joe Girardi: “Someone’s got to catch it, that’s the bottom line. Maybe it’s an easier play for Javy, but pitchers are the last priority. Cervi called it, and it dropped.”
• Vazquez’s velocity has been up and down this season, and generally down from last year. Tonight his fastball was in the upper-80s. “I noticed it was down,” Vazquez said. “But I really can’t look at that. Once you’re out there pitching you try to do the best with what you have.”
• Girardi on the velocity: “It was down a little bit tonight. I can’t tell you exactly why. It was down a little bit tonight and it’s something we’ll look at.”
• Girardi went into a little more detail about why he didn’t use Jorge Posada as a DH tonight: “I still have some concerns about what we went through last week in Cleveland where he couldn’t play, where his knee was bothering him. That’s a concern for us. It’s not bothering him right now, but we were catching him, DHing him, catching him, DHing him. I’m not sure if that was the cause of it, but those are things that, red flags go up.”
• Vazquez on the first career home run by Ryan Kalish: “Just a bad pitch. I wanted it away and it came kind of middle.”
• Alex Rodriguez has 44 RBI in his past 39 games. He has at last one RBI in 22 of those games.
• That Cervelli error was the first error with Vazquez on the mound this season.
• Derek Jeter tied Babe Ruth ont he all-time hits list. He has 2,873 career hits. On a much smaller scale, he’s scored eight runs in the past four innings.
• Mark Teixeira — remember when he stunk? — leads the Yankees with 24 home runs and has reached base in 50 of his past 52 games. He’s the first big leaguer to reach 80 runs and 80 RBI this season.
• Lance Berkman on his first Yankees-Red Sox game: “It wasn’t overwhelming, it was just a good crisp atmosphere. I think there’s a lot of interest in this series, and I enjoyed it.”
Associated Press photos of the botched catch and the Teixeira home run.