Thursday, June 19, 2008

Yankees 2, Padres 1 - Joba Strikes Out Nine

Yankees 2, Padres 1 - Joba Strikes Out NineThe New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres this afternoon at the Stadium, 2-1, behind Joba Chamberlain and a strong performance by the bullpen. The suddenly surging Yankees (40-33) have won seven straight.

After breezing through the first inning (two strikeouts), Chamberlain worked into and out of trouble in the second. With the bases loaded and no outs, Joba struck out Scott Hairston. With Khalil Greene up, Adrian Gonzalez tried to score on a pitch that trickled away from catcher Jose Molina. Molina though tossed to Joba for the out at home. Chamberlain then struck out Greene.

In the fourth, the Padres broke through for a run. Tony Clark’s ground rule double plated Brian Giles. Scott Hairston then grounded to Alex Rodriquez who gunned out Gonzalez, again trying to score from third.

In the fifth, Melky Cabrera put the Yankees on the board. Cabrera drew a one-out walk, stole second and then third. He scored on a Molina sac fly to center.

Chamberlain struck out a career-high nine, leaving to a standing ovation with two outs in the sixth. He logged 100 pitches, scattering four hits. He walked four.

In the bottom of the sixth, Derek Jeter singled and stole second. After advancing to third on a Bobby Abreu groundout, A-Rod singled to left to put the Yankees on top, 2-1.

The bullpen did the job from there. Jose Veras (2-0) pitched around two walks in the seventh to earn the win. Kyle Farnsworth pitched an effective eighth (one hit, two strikeouts), before Mariano Rivera sealed it. Rivera converted his 20th save in as many chances, striking out the side to seal it.

NOTE: For those of you scoring at home, this blog is one week old. Since my first post, the Yankees have not lost. Coincidence? Yeah. But still...


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keep posting, we will win 129 games!

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