Return Of The Bronx Bombers

April 17, 2009 – 6:29 pm

NYY 6, Cleveland 5.  It was another mediocre performance from the starting pitcher and another terrible day hitting with RISP (0-for-11).  But this time the bullpen actually came through with 4+ scoreless innings and the Yankees hit five solo home runs which along with a terrible error by Cleveland pitcher Vinnie Chulk was enough to eke out a win.  Unless you’re a fan of the long ball, it was somewhat of an ugly game all around.  But it’s the first win in the new stadium, so let’s not complain.

Joba once again didn’t look all that sharp, and this time the stats backed that up.  His command was terrible (47 balls and only 46 strikes), giving up 5 walks in 4.2 innings.  After the Yankees handed him a 3-2 lead through four, he committed the cardinal sin of walking the lead-off batter, and sure enough that walk ended up scoring.  Fortunately the “good” Phil Coke showed up today to bail out Joba, and all the solo home runs were enough to keep him from getting the loss.

For this early in the season, tomorrow’s game could be an important one, as Chien-Ming Wang takes the mound.  He’s stunk it up twice now — if tomorrow is yet another repeat performance, it will probably be time to officially start the “What’s Wrong With Wang” campaign.  Let’s hope that’s not what happens.

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