Here’s the short recap that Mike and I came up with on IM a few minutes ago: Pettitte good. Giambi good. Millar suck. Joba good. Mariano good.
That’s quite the recipe for a win. The Yanks got a solid 6.2-inning effort from their starting pitching, some timely hitting from the offense and some solid relief work to leave Baltimore with a win.
My only gripe with this game was the way Joba Chamberlain was handled. The Yanks were loathe to use Chamberlain with a lead in an extra-innings game last night, but tonight, they were happy to use him to throw 28 pitches in 1.1 stellar relief innings before Joe Girardi did the by-the-books move and called on his closer to end the game.
When Joba came in with two outs in the seventh, I was rooting for a Goose Gossage-type 2.1-inning save. Alas. It was not to be. But Joba got his work in, and a win is a win is a win. I’ll take it.
Game Notes: With his home run tonight, Giambi has now hit 188 home runs on the Yankees. He had 187 as a member of the Oakland Athletics. It’s hard to believe; I still seemingly associate Giambi with the A’s teams from the early 2000s.