Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Joba and Swish Lead Yanks Past Tigers

(Carlos Osorio of the AP, and Rebecca Cook of REUTERS)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
NYY 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0
8 9 0
DET 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
6 7 0

Somewhere Brian Cashman has a big smile on his face. After 22-year-old Phil Hughes dominated the Tigers last night, another Yankees youngster, 23-year-old Joba Chamberlain dominated them tonight. In seven innings, Chamberlain allowed one run on three hits, walked three, and struck out six. He threw just 88 pitches, 50 of them for strikes. It was really great to see Joba pitch so economically because that had been one of his biggest problems so far this season. He also was throwing harder than he had in previous starts. Joba averaged 91.1 MPH on his fastball, which was the same as he was averaging on Friday against Boston, but was hitting 95-96 MPH throughout the game which he wasn't doing at Fenway.

Detroit's lone run against Joba came in the bottom of the third on a sac-fly from Placido Polanco. Detroit would go on to load the bases with two out in the inning, but Joba was able to strike out Miguel Cabrera on a nasty curveball.

The Yankees and us fans have to feel very good about what we've seen from Hughes and Chamberlain over the past two nights.

Joba got all the offense he would need with a seven spot in the fourth. Nick Swisher got the scoring started with a three-run homer off Tigers' starter Rick Porcello. Johnny Damon drove in the Yankees fourth run with an RBI double, and Hideki Matsui broke the game open when he smacked a three-run double to make it a 7-1 game. Matsui was 1-for-2 with 3 walks, a homer and 3 RBI, and for someone who looked like they were ready to retire a few weeks ago Matsui has really turned it on. Coming into tonight he was hitting .400/.500/.629 with a homer and 3 RBI over the past two weeks.

Swisher added the Yankees eighth run with a second homer in the fifth. It was his second of the game, and seventh of the year. It looks like he's coming out of his slump.

Phil Coke pitched one scoreless inning out of the pen. He hasn't allowed a run in his last six outings, and has allowed just one hit in his last five innings.

Jonathan Albaladejo did not pitch well today. He allowed four runs one three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. His poor outing led to the Yanks needing to use Mariano Rivera. He came into the game with two on and two out in the ninth. On the second pitch he threw Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer to cut the Yankees lead to 8-6. But Mo was able to get Polanco to pop out to end the game.

Tonight's victory was Joe Girardi's 100th win as a Yankee. After the game he said that he hopes he can win 100 games in a season.

The Yankees now head home for tough eight-game homestand starting with four games against the Angels.

Jeter, SS5100013.278
Berroa, 3B0000000.250
Damon, LF4121110.297
Gardner, CF0000000.220
Teixeira, 1B3100201.197
Matsui, DH2113300.295
Cano, 2B5010007.371
Posada, C4110101.277
Swisher, RF5224002.307
Cabrera, M, CF-LF5110002.311
Pena, 3B-SS3010101.227

2B: Damon (2, Porcello), Matsui (5, Rapada).
HR: Swisher 2 (7, 4th inning off Porcello, 2 on, 1 out; 5th inning off Rapada, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Damon 3; Matsui 2; Cano; Posada; Swisher 8; Cabrera, M; Pena.
RBI: Swisher 4 (19), Damon (9), Matsui 3 (8).
2-out RBI: Damon; Matsui 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cano 4.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
Team LOB: 9.

SB: Posada (1, 2nd base off Porcello/Laird).

DP: (Posada-Cano).


Chamberlain (W, 1-0)7.03113603.13
Coke 1.00000104.15
Albaladejo 0.23441108.18
Rivera 0.11110013.12


PLAYER OF THE GAME: Joba Chamberlain (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (3.13 ERA)

HONORABLE MENTION: Nick Swisher (2-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI)


Yankees vs. Angels @ New Yankee Stadium
Game Time: 7:05 p.m. | TV/Radio: YES, WCBS 880
A.J. Burnett RHP (2-0, 5.47 ERA) vs. Anthony Ortego RHP (0-1, 7.20 ERA)


Anonymous said...

The ninth inning bothered me there was no need to pitch Mariano. Girardi should of just kept Coke in to pitch the ninth. Coke pitch great in the eighth and didn't throw alot of pitches. Girardi overmanages he is not Tony Larussa.

Anyway Joba was great and has a 2.85 ERA in his 16 career starts. He will be the future ace a couple years down the road.

She-Fan said...

I wanted to use Mo, because he needed the work. He hasn't pitched since he gave it up in Boston last Friday night. But using him in the middle of the inning? Weird.

anonyMOOSE said...

With regard to using Mo, I look at it this way: If you bring in someone else, and they allow Granderson to get on base, the tying run is on deck. So then, you either leave that pitcher in to potentially allow the next batter to get on base, thereby bringing the tying run to the plate, OR you have to bring in Mo with less room for error. By bringing him in to face Granderson, you give Mo a little more wiggle room. The last thing you'd want is to have it turn into a dangerous situation then bring in Mo with the tying run at the plate.

Jeff said...

Anyone else getting a little worried about Mo? He's been giving up a quite a few hits and runs this year.

Vinsanity13 said...

Did anyone read the report on

That is, according to me, dramatic for A-Rod.

There are some revelations about what's in the book:
1) Alex started roids in High School
2) he continued with the Yankees
3) He cheated, telling opposing batters the pitches that were coming (in return they would do the same for him)
4) And everything about his off the field life (which we don't care about giving all of the aboves)

THAT, my friends, can possibly destroy A-Rod, and the whole Yankee team with him.

I'm extremely worried. Please tell me we're gonna be fine!

anonyMOOSE said...

Haha don't worry man. First of all, it's likely most of it is either fabricated or only loosely based on the truth. Secondly, with all that's gone on, I think nothing surprises anyone any more. It's not going to have any impact. The only impact we'll see is A-Rod's bat helping the lineup.

Anonymous said...

its sad these "sports" writers and sports media need to dig up dirt on players they want to. release the 103 names and I'm sure we will have stories about other teams' stars who used roids. Espn is filled with yankee haters.

Greg Cohen said...


I'm not going to worry yet. What I've noticed over the past few seasons is that Mo has a bad week or two, twice during the season. It's usually brought on by blown save or something like that. I think this is one of those times.