Rookie Randy Vasquez emerges as Yankee’s savior in his first win

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Randy Vasquez made a strong impression in his debut on the big league mound, demonstrating his ability to compete at the highest level. In his second outing, he showcased his dominance and confirmed that the rookie starter could excel against top-level competition.

Making a triumphant return from the minors, the young right-hander delivered an impressive performance, pitching 5 2/3 solid innings. With the help of home runs from Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinney, Randy Vasquez secured his first-ever Major League victory. The Yankees celebrated a 3-0 win over the White Sox in the nightcap, effectively splitting the doubleheader.

Randy Vasquez’s first win

Stepping in for the injured Nestor Cortes, 24-year-old Randy Vasquez put on an impressive display in his second start at the major league level. He delivered a superb performance, giving up only two hits and a walk over 86 pitches. Vasquez also recorded three strikeouts during the outing.

Reflecting on his first Major League start, Randy Vasquez expressed how valuable the experience was in teaching him to maintain composure and focus on making quality pitches, regardless of the circumstances. He acknowledged that the lessons learned from that start contributed to his improved performance in the recent game against the White Sox. Randy Vasquez shared these thoughts through an interpreter.

Called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the Yankees‘ additional player for the doubleheader, which became necessary after Wednesday’s game was postponed due to air quality concerns, Randy Vasquez, a 24-year-old rookie, showcased his talent by holding the Chicago White Sox to just two hits. The shutout victory was completed by relievers Ron Marinaccio, who pitched for 2 1/3 innings, and Clay Holmes, who pitched for one inning.

Marinaccio commented on Randy Vasquez’s performance, noting that he appears to be enjoying himself on the field. He commended Randy Vasquez for his competitive spirit and fearlessness, mentioning how it was evident in his first outing against the Padres, a team filled with renowned players and idols. The rookie Yankees starter didn’t shy away from the challenge and displayed the same level of determination in his recent appearance.


Randy Vasquez ranked as the Yankees’ 12th top prospect by MLB Pipeline, made his first appearance in the Major Leagues on May 26 against the San Diego Padres. Despite giving up a home run to Juan Soto, he showcased his potential. In his recent outing, Randy Vasquez had a flawless performance, issuing only one walk and striking out three batters in an 86-pitch display.

Randy Vasquez mentioned that he relied on pitching to his strengths when discussing his approach to the mound. He had an exceptional sinker during the game, which he regarded as a particularly effective pitch. Boone acknowledged that all of Vasquez’s pitches were working well, including his cutter, breaking ball, and four-seam fastball. Vasquez showcased his skills by retiring 15 consecutive batters at one point.

Randy Vasquez earned the admiration

Billy McKinney expressed his enthusiasm about Randy Vasquez’s impressive performance, describing it as “awesome.” He admired Randy Vasquez’s ability to consistently get ahead in the count and throw strikes with all of his pitches. Having observed the starter’s hard work in Scranton, McKinney declared himself a big fan of the rookie right-hander.

Following the game, the Yankees followed their expected course of action and optioned Randy Vasquez back to Triple-A. However, manager Aaron Boone acknowledged that the young pitcher left a lasting impression with his performance.

Boone expressed his confidence in Randy Vasquez and fellow pitcher Jhony Brito, noting that their performances have demonstrated their ability to succeed at the Major League level. He mentioned that Randy Vasquez’s impressive outing in the game will boost his confidence and contribute to his ongoing development as a player.

According to right-handed reliever Ron Marinaccio, Randy Vasquez has shown fearlessness on the mound. Marinaccio pointed to Vasquez’s first outing against the Padres as evidence, where he faced a formidable lineup but didn’t back down. Marinaccio, who took over for Randy Vasquez in the sixth inning with two runners on base and two outs, pitched exceptionally well, striking out four batters over 2 1/3 innings.

Pitching was the difference between two games

Following the Yankees’ loss in the first game of the doubleheader, Randy Vasquez delivered an impressive performance in the second game. This came after starting pitcher Luis Severino allowed four runs and six hits, including home runs from Jake Burger, Luis Robert Jr., and Yoan Moncada, during his five innings on the mound.

In a disappointing turn of events, Luis Severino struggled for the second consecutive start, and even the typically dependable Michael King was unable to avoid giving up home runs. As a result, the Yankees suffered a 6-5 loss to the White Sox in the opening game of their straight doubleheader at the Stadium.

Aaron Boone commented during the break between games, acknowledging that typically, a five-run performance from the Yankees would be enough to secure a victory.

The Yankees’ 3-0 triumph in the second game would have been sufficient with just five runs. In this contest, promising rookie pitcher Randy Vasquez delivered an impressive performance, tossing 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run, earning his inaugural win at the major league level. Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinney, who stepped in for Judge, contributed to the victory with their respective home runs.

McKinney expressed his disappointment about not being able to record a hit in Yankee Stadium as a home player, reflecting on his previous two-game stint with the Yankees in 2018. He emphasized the significance of that experience to him.

By delivering strong performances, the Yankees (37-27) managed to achieve a split in the doubleheader, preventing a three-game sweep by the White Sox (28-36).

Severino, who experienced a slight drop in velocity during his last start against the Dodgers, where he surrendered seven runs and nine hits in four innings, showed improvement on Thursday.

However, the right-handed pitcher, who had performed exceptionally well in his initial two starts after returning from the injured list on May 21, did not fare well either, as he continued to struggle with locating his fastball.

Severino expressed uncertainty about the performance of his fastball, which showed a slight decrease in velocity and generated only one swing-and-miss during Thursday’s game. He acknowledged the need to address the issue, emphasizing the importance of finding a solution.

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