And Joba Makes It 8 In Row

July 25, 2009 – 11:26 am

The Captain DeliversNYY 8, Oakland 3. Whatever it was Joba Chamberlain did over the All-Star break, someone ought to bottle it and sell it. For the second time since the break, Joba was dominating, this time actually pitching in to the 8th before running out of gas and only giving up one run on a mere two hits. The night started out a bit rocky in the first inning when Orlando Cabrera caught Joba napping and stole second and then subsequently scored on a sac fly. Seems like that’s a bad habit of Joba’s, just not keeping his head in the game. But maybe that run was enough to get his mind on track? Whatever it was, he was lights out from there on, with four of the next six innings being of the 3-up-3-down variety. The only time Oakland threatened after that was in the 5th when Joba gave up back-to-back walks and then threw a wild pitch to put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position. Again, a slip in concentration? But Joba rallied to strike out Ellis and Patterson to get out of the jam, at which point we got the infamous Joba fist-pump. Love it or hate it, it’s nice he’s back to pitching well enough that we see it!

Offensively it was another night of small ball, at least until the 8th when the Yankees broke the game open against the Oakland bullpen, as three of the first four runs came on ground ball outs that scored a run. Melky Cabrera had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-4 — hopefully that’s a sign of him breaking out of a prolonged slump. And then there was Derek Jeter naturally making his usual contribution, 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs. Somehow Jeter never seems to grab the headlines, but quietly he is day in and day out the real star of this team. And oh by the way, those three hits pushed Jeter ahead of some guy named Theodore S. Williams on the all-time hit list. Congrats, Jete!

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