Reliever Vasquez starting slow

Reliever Vasquez starting slow

CINCINNATI -- Esmerling Vasquez can dazzle with his stuff, but also frustrate with his inconsistency.

It was the latter emotion that D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson felt when the right-hander came on in relief during Wednesday's 7-5 loss and allowed the Reds to pick up an insurance run when he allowed a double and hit a batter to force in a run.

Right after that he easily fanned slugger Jay Bruce to end the inning.

"When he finds his arm slot, he's got great stuff, but sometimes it takes him a while to find it," Gibson said. "He's gone through stretches where he's done very well."

But when you come into a game as a reliever, you don't often have time to ease your way into things.

"When you come into a game, it's time," Gibson said. "That's something he's going to have to figure out to stick, really."