Joba, Yanks roll to ninth straight win

A-Rod keeping a low profile
Scranton drops spring opener

I know it’s just Spring Training, but anytime your team wins nine straight games you can’t help but crack a smile. Joba Chamberlain outpitched Jersey’s own Rick Porcello, allowing four hits and a run in 3.1 innings. He struck out five and walked none, throwing 61 of his 41 41 of his 61 pitches for strike. Porcello allowed two runs on four hits in 2.1 IP, uncorking a wild pitch as well. Joba appears to be over his early spring struggles, putting up a 9.1 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 11 K pitching line in his last three starts.

Melky Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base from the leadoff spot, and was relieved by Brett Gardner who picked up a hit in his only at-bat. Johnny Damon went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, and on top of that he threw a runner out at the plate. You know it’s going to be a good day if Johnny D. guns someone down. Mark Teixeira and Frankie Cervelli also doubled, while Cody Ransom, Jose Molina and Angel Berroa chipped in 1-for-3 efforts. Juan Miranda put the Yanks on top for good with a two run homer off Fernando Rodney in the seventh.

Jon Albaladejo replaced Joba and allowed three hits in 1.2 innings of work, and lowered his spring ERA to 1.08. Mariano Rivera made his third appearance of the preseason, allowing his first baserunner (a hit) and striking out. He needed a whopping 12 pitches (10 strikes) to retire the side. Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras each gave up a run in an inning of work, and Zack Kroenke picked up the save with with a scoreless ninth inning in his first action since being returned by the Marlins. The 4-3 win was the Yanks ninth in a row.

Cervelli was optioned to Double-A Trenton after the game, joining the six others that were sent down this morning. Al Aceves will face the Rays tomorrow afternoon while CC Sabathia throws in a minor league game. MLB Network is carrying the game, but it’ll be blacked out in the New York area because YES wants it to be. Story of my life.

A-Rod keeping a low profile
Scranton drops spring opener
  • John

    Throwing 61 of his 41 pitches for strikes huh? Damn, he’s good. Strasburg who?

    • jim p

      Just rename it the Joba Chamberlain Award. Cy Young was nothing compared to this.

      • Mike R. – Retire 21

        CY Young was the Brett Favre of pitchers. Think about that…

      • John

        Yea, CY Young (or anyone else) never even close to throwing 149% of his pitches for strikes.

        The only person that I think can come close to this is Mo and Melvin Crousett.

  • John

    Imagine if we can carry this in the regular season and go into the WS undefeated?

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      That’s pretty much a given.

  • Rich

    There goes Damon’s one assist for the year.

  • Kevin G.

    The Yankees are winning without the captain.
    Clearly, that is a shot at Jeter.

  • BigBlueAL

    Damn Yankees on MLB network but no CC….