Yankees-Royals: Joba Chamberlain Effective in Second Start

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IJune 8, 2008

After a long, wild game Saturday afternoon, the New York Yankees knocked off the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon by a score of 6-3 (a game this reporter attended).

Of course, the story today was Joba Chamberlain's second start this year. In his first start Tuesday night, he got rocked as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Yanks.

Chamberlain looked a bit stronger today, lasting 4.1 innings, tossing 78 pitches, striking out five, and walking one.

In the bottom of the first, the Yankees drew first blood as Bobby Abreu hammered a pitch off KC starter Zack Greinke into the upper deck in right field, giving the bombers a 2-0 lead. 

Chamberlain threw a wild pitch that scored Alex Gordon from third, making the score 2-1 in the second. In the third, Jose Guillen continued his sweet swinging as he hit a two-run homer off Chamberlain, putting KC up by a score of 3-2.

In the fifth, the Empire struck back as Johnny Damon lead off the inning with a triple. Damon eventually scored after a groundout to second by Abreu, knotting the game at three runs.

In the sixth, the Yankees untied the game with a Jason Giambi home run, his second in as many days. The Yanks would never look back from here. Alex Rodriguez added two insurance runs on a double in the bottom of the seventh, making the score 6-3.

In the ninth, Yanks' closer Mariano Rivera came in to close the door, setting down Miguel Olivo, Ross Gload, and Mike Aviles in order.

Dan Giese, who came into the game after Chamberlain's departure, earned himself his first big league win. His record now stands at an even 1-1.

Jose Veras, who pitched the eighth for the Yankees, recorded his second hold this year.

Rivera picked up his 16th save of the season. Zack Greinke of the Royals took the loss, and his record is now 5-4.

In the final game of this four game series tomorrow afternoon, the Yankees will start Mike Mussina (9-4, 4.01 ERA). The Royals will throw Luke Hochevar (3-5, 5.13 ERA).