6/3 – Joba vs. the Jays
No matter how you want to slice that one up, in the words of Joba Chamberlain, “It wasn’t very good.”
Chamberlain lasted only 2 1/3 innings and walked four, derailed by a 38 pitch first inning. He threw 16 in the second inning and eight in the third. What really seemed to hurt was the fact that Joba only threw a first pitch strike 50 percent of the time. As he’s said, he tends to run a lot of deep counts and that’s not particularly conducive to going deep into games as a starting pitcher.
Dan Giese made his Yankees debut, coming on in relief of Chamberlain with one out and a runner on first in the third inning. He allowed one earned run in a career-high 3 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and a walk. Derek Jeter (2-for-5) recorded his 2,415th career hit with a ninth-inning single, tying Mickey Mantle for third place on the Yankees’ all-time list.
Mike Mussina and Jesse Litsch are at it on Wednesday at the Stadium. Jorge Posada will be there, active for the first time since April 27.