NEW YORK – Randy Vazquez’s first game on the MLB mound proved he can play at the highest level. His second time showed he could dominate.
The rookie right-hander, returning from the minors, threw 2/3 innings in the fifth inning, backed by homers from Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinnie, to secure a split in Thursday’s doubleheader for the Yankees in a 3-0 nightcap, and the major leagues. Got my first victory. beat the White Sox.
“First start, experience of pitching here” [taught me] No matter what happens there, keep your head up and keep making the pitch,” Vazquez said through a translator. “Tonight was even better because we got through that start.”
The 24-year-old Vazquez, who was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre as the 27th pick for the Twinville Bombers, who needed Wednesday’s postponement because of poor air quality, held Chicago to two hits. Ron Marinaccio (2 1/3) and Clay Holmes (1) took shutout wins.
“He just looks like he’s having fun outside,” Marinaccio said of Vazquez. “He’s competitive. came back here again and did the same thing.”
Vazquez, who is rated by MLB Pipeline as the Yankees’ No. 12 pick, made his major league debut on May 26 against San Diego, but only by a homer by Juan Soto. This time, Vazquez had a perfect record, walking 1 and striking out 3 in 86 pitches.
“It was great,” McKinney said. “He was ahead of the game early on, throwing strikes on every pitch. A fan, that’s for sure.”
As expected, the Yanks returned Vazquez to Triple-A after the game, but manager Aaron Boone said Vazquez made an impression.
“Between him and Johnny [Brito], they’ve shown us enough that we can go there in place and they know they can come here and be successful,” Boone said. “Tonight will only add to his confidence and I hope it will continue to help him grow.”
Vazquez’s rise came after the Yankees lost Thursday’s opener to Twinville, 6-5. Luis Severino allowed six hits and four runs in five innings, including home runs by Jake Berger, Louis Robert Jr. and Yoan Moncada.
Severino allowed a season-high seven earned runs in a June 2 game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, and suffered two straight games with two walks and six strikeouts. A bit surprising for a pitcher that Severino considers to be his greatest weapon, it was a fastball with just one 18-swing mid-air.
“I’m not 100 percent sure what’s going on, but the bottom line is that we need to fix it. It’s unacceptable,” Severino said. “I can’t allow him to hit three homers every time he gets the ball. I have to fix it quickly.”
Vazquez had a good early run in Game 2 on Thursday, holding a 15-hitter streak in one stretch and giving the Yankees a good swing against Chicago starter Mike Clevinger.
Shortly after giving the game the lead in the fourth with a double by Willie Calhoun, confirmed in the video, Torres hit a two-run homer to stop the slide for 0-for-20 and avenge a two-man foul in the ninth. first game.
“I had a great opportunity, but I didn’t get the job done.” [in Game 1]said Torres. “I was just trying to do something good for the team.
In the fifth inning, McKinney added a solo homer. The 28-year-old, a former Yankees farm hand who was part of the Cubs’ bounty for closer Aroldis Chapman in July 2016, had nine home runs in 40 Triple-A games. He’s one of a group that could see playing time while Aaron Judge repairs his right toe injury.
“I just want to help my team win. The goal is to play as many games as possible,” McKinney said. “Obviously, Aaron Judge, he’s one of a kind. The goal is to get him healthy and back playing as soon as possible.”