Joba Pitches Four Innings, Yanks Win 5-3

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst ISeptember 15, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14:  Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees delivers in the first inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Quick ‘Cap:
Mark Teixeira led the offense with three hits, including a two-run triple in the fifth inning and a double in the eighth that allowed the game-winning run to score. Brett Gardner pinch ran for Teixeira, and stole third base causing an overthrow, which allowed him to score. Alex Rodriguez came around to score an insurance run on Robinson Cano’s single.

Alfredo Aceves relieved Chamberlain, and Phil Coke helped complete the seventh inning. Phil Hughes blew another save, but the Yankees offense bailed him out once again. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 40th save of the season. Full box score here.

Thoughts:
This was a nice victory to have under their belts. The Angels are the only team threatening to snatch the best record in the American League from the Yankees. Also, the Yanks have never had much success against the Angels.

I’m glad Chamberlain’s walk total is going down. Tonight was the second time in his last four starts he hasn’t walked anyone.

Line of the Night:
Rivera: IP, zeroes, BB. He has allowed one run in his last 32 innings pitched.

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