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.
|Cabrera, M, CF-LF||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.311|
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).
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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)