A tough pitchers duel turned into a rout last night, with Andy Pettitte holding down the Angels for seven innings (allowing just 5 hits and 1 run), as the Yanks wore out John Lackey. They went ahead with 2 in the 7th, and salted it away with 4 more in the 8th. It was late on the East Coast by then, but quite a few Yankee fans stayed up in anticipation of a view of phenom Joba Chamberlain. We were not disappointed. Here’s what happened when he came in, in the eighth:
Joba vs. Clint Mathis
-heat down the middle, 0-1
-heat high outside corner, fouled off, 0-2
-heat up the ladder, 1-2
-slider for the swinging k.
Joba vs. Reggie Willits
-fastball low, 1-0
-fastball high, outside 2-0
-fastball down the middle, 2-1
-single up the middle on a low fastball.
Joba vs. Orlando Cabrera
-hi heat fouled off, 0-1
-slider hi outside corner, 0-2
-slider high is a wild pitch, 1-2, Willits to 2nd.
-slider low for the swinging k.
Joba vs. Vladimir Guerrero
-slider for a swinging strike, 0-1
-heat right down the middle, fouled back. 100 mph according to the stadium gun. 0-2
-slider low away for the swinging k
It was a jaw dropping performance. He was poised. His raw stuff was dominating. He used it with intelligence and considerable precision. Joba now has 14 ks in 8 innings, against just 3 hits and 2 walks. No man has come near scoring. We’ve been conditioned to think about Hughes as "The Franchise," but, however good he has been and might be, the excitement factor with Joba is something different. I can’t think of a young Yankee player who’s drawn anywhere near this kind of excitement or energy. (Shelley Duncan, I think most of us know, is more of a fluke.)
Mo gave up a couple of cheap hits and a run but closed things down for the Yanks in the 9th, who made up a game on both the M’s and Sox. They now head off to Detroit, who will apparently be without Sheff (shoulder) when that series begins tomorrow.
Elsewehere, the not-thrilling Texas offense put up a modern-record 30 runs on the O’s. Crazy in 07.