Yankees Pester Peavy, Protect Rasner

Will ShafferCorrespondent IJune 18, 2008

In a painfully long, rain-delayed game, the New York Yankees prevailed to win again, 8-5, late Wednesday night against the San Diego Padres. It was their sixth straight victory and 11th in their last 14 contests.

It wasn't as pretty as the prior two nights; the opponent scored this time.

Darrell Rasner had only walked six batters in his prior 42 innings pitched.  Tonight he allowed five bases on balls, but only two runs and three hits, grinding out five innings to advance his record to 4-4 on the season.

The game mainly featured Alex Rodriguez, who scored two runs, hit a homer, stole a base, and played excellent defensively. His average for the season is now .337.

Johnny Damon also played very well with three hits, two RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.

Contributions came throughout the lineup, as only Jason Giambi was hitless in the contest.

The bullpen came in, gave up a few runs, but never the lead, helping the Yankees win their third straight series.

Joba Chamberlain takes the mound tomorrow afternoon with a pitch limit of around 105, going for the sweep against Josh Banks.