Yanks win first in the House that Derek Built


If anyone learns that his or her favorite team went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, that person generally expects to learn that the team in question lost.

Somehow, though, improbably enough, the Yankees did just that today and emerged with a win. Powered by an unearned run and five home runs into what is quickly becoming the right field power alley, the Yankees escaped a terrible start by Joba Chamberlain to record their first win at new Yankee Stadium. The team, by the way, is now 1-for-20 with runners in scoring position over their last two games.

Of course, as the Baseball Gods would write it, Derek Jeter was the man responsible for the win. In the 8th inning, he lifted a Jensen Lewis offering into the right field seats for the Yanks’ fifth home run — and sixth run — of the day. It would be just enough as the Yanks, in front of a less-than-full house, escaped a rough ninth inning by Mariano Rivera to win 6-5.

The story of the game in the early going was Joba Chamberlain. While Chamberlain five days ago was efficient with his pitches, today, he was woefully off his game. He needed 93 pitches to get 14 outs and threw 47 of them — more than half — out of the strike zone. His release point was, as this pitch f/x graph shows, widely inconsistent. (Here is Sunday’s for comparison’s sake.)

By the time Joe Girardi mercifully yanked Joba from the game, he was on the wrong end of a 5-3 score. He had given up six hits and five walks over 4.2 innings, and Yankee starters have now issued 10 walks in their last 10.2 innings while racking up just eight strike outs.

The bullpen though did its job this time. One day after getting shellacked in a 10-2 drubbing, the pen responded with 4.1 scoreless innings. Phil Coke, Jonathan Albaladejo, Brian Bruney and Mariano Rivera combined for three hits and five strike outs over the final frames of the game. Once again, the pen performed the better half of its Jekyll-and-Hyde act the day after a poor outing. Bruney threw BBs again, throwing eight of 11 pitches for strikes and K-ing two.

Offensively, the Yanks couldn’t get much going today, and it didn’t seem as though Rivera would have that chance to close it out. They left two on in the first, the bases loaded in the fifth, two on in the sixth and two on in the seventh. At no point did any member of the Yanks hit with a runner in scoring position. It was shaping up to be a futile offensive effort.

But the Bronx Bombers showed why they earned that nickname. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira became the first duo to hit back-to-back jacks at the new park. The much-maligned Melky Cabrera hit his first home run of the season; Robbie Cano added a blast; and Derek Jeter sealed the game with a solo shot with two outs in the 8th. Chicks — and fans looking for a W — dig the long ball.

These two teams will do it again tomorrow afternoon as the winless Fausto Carmona (0-2, 9.00) takes on the winless Chien-Ming Wang (0-2, 28.93). The Yanks’ sinkerball will need a very solid start to quell a skeptical fan base. Hopefully, more of that fanbase than the 45,101 who saw today’s game will be there but more on that later. For now, we’ll just enjoy what should be the first of many Derek Jeter-inspired victories at the new Yankee Stadium.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. dkidd says:

    the bullpen that everyone was freaking out about:

    4.1 3 0 0 0 5

  2. Drew says:

    17 LOB = No Bueno.
    17 LOB + Win = Bueno

  3. ceciguante says:

    was at the game today, great time. i’m warming up to the place, but it’s going to take time.

    i’m wondering if anyone knows if the yanks have ever hit 5 HR to RF in one game. i’d figure the team record for HR in a game can’t be much more than 5 (6 or 7, maybe?), but who knows.

    it was really tons of fun to see half the lineup launch bombs towards my long time love, the utz girl.

  4. Mike says:

    That sinker is going to have to be on even more so after seeing balls fly out of this new park on a daily basis. I really hope he turns it around. I haven’t even got to wear my new ’09 Wang jersey yet.

  5. dkidd says:

    won’t be a lot of 1-0 games this year. hope it plays hitter friendly but not arlington/coors/philly/no pitcher will ever want to sign with the yankees again hitter friendly

  6. Paulie says:

    A friend of mine said he was listening to the Michael Kay Show this afternoon and that they said Posada left the clubhouse before the media arrived. My friend said that they said he was upset about being taken out of the game and that he left because he, “Didn’t want to say something stupid.” I can not find any source, but my friend usually does not make things up. Has anyone else heard this or found a source?

    • Drew says:

      If it’s true, I don’t blame him.

      • steve (different one) says:

        why? Molina is far superior defensive catcher. tough shit Jorge, the team comes first.

        and i say this out of love, Jorge.

        • Drew says:

          Word. It’s the first save in the Stadium though. It’s Mariano. Girardi of all people knows how much it would’ve meant to Jorge. Hey, Jorge did the right thing, he left without speaking out of anger.

          • Paulie says:

            Oh big deal, if he is going to be upset over that then that is just stupid. Molina is a much better catcher (in my opinion he handles the pitching staff better as well) and it was the bottom of the ninth. I like Posada but his attitude is just annoying. It is not like this sour attitude is something new, he has had it for quite a while.

            • Drew says:

              No one disputes that Molina is one of the best defensive catchers in the game. JoPo being upset about it is not “stupid” though. He’s been catching Mo for 10+ years, Mo got the first save in the stadium, if you were his catcher, wouldn’t you want to have been calling for the cutter?
              As for his attitude, get over it, not every one is rolling around in daisies out there. Swisher does, that’s cool and it’s fun to watch. Just to be clear here, Jorge left to avoid answering questions about it because he was pissed. He handled it the right way.

    • LiveFromNewYork says:

      No but Jorge has been a sour sam lately.

    • southernyankeefan says:

      geez jorge cant even be happy when they win he needs to lighten up a little.

  7. anonymous says:

    Arod is probably depressed he missed solo home run day.

    • whozat says:

      He’d probably have had an un-clutchy run-scoring hit in the early innings, depriving Jeter of the opportunity to have a dramatic game-winning homer in teh eighth!!!!

      What a jerk.

  8. Tom Zig says:

    Hopefully we can bury Boston early in the season. They aren’t looking so hot these days. They kind of look like us from years past.

    P.s. It might just be my computer, but what happened to the comment preview box?

  9. A.D. says:

    At the game today, new place was beautiful. I think any lack of “energy” is fans just getting used to & checking out the new place.

  10. So I was in class and missed the entirety of this game.

    However, I do remember last year it wasn’t just the Yankees that had trouble with RISP. The trend is not encouraging but the season is still young.

    The important thing is we are, once again, and hopefully for good, above .500.

  11. A.D. says:

    Hopefully Wang gets in his groove tomorrow

  12. Rich says:

    *obligatory sample size disclaimer*


    RISP: .556/.636/1.222/1.859 (9 AB)

    RISP w/2 Outs 1.000/1.000/2.500 3.500 (4 AB)

    Of course, if A-Rod had these stats, the anti-A-Rod segment would be pointing out that he has sucked in low leverage situations.

    • radnom says:

      Nah. You gotta think like them. It would be more like this:

      Yeah, he can drive guys in in April against the Royals and Orioles, but where is he down the stretch when we really need him?

  13. VO says:

    If anyone was unable to watch the game, I write a pretty complete game wrap-up (if thats what you’d like to call it) it has every run scored, how it was scored, which pitcher etc. (It’s all in the link on my name)

  14. Dude, since when is Vlad Guerrerro hurt?

    If you want a team decimated by injuries, check out the Angels.

  15. Sal says:

    The pen was good. Why? No veras. No marte. No edwar

  16. Drew says:

    Yikes, Nunez with another error.

  17. Sal says:

    Bostons big problem is the fact that ortiz looks like matsui

  18. Drew says:

    YAY!! I <3 Ryan Braun.

  19. A.D. says:

    Bliech dealing

  20. p2 says:

    This blog is right about one thing: That headline sums it up. Jeter is “The Man.” What position will he move to after his SS days are over? CF? like Biggio?

    • Tony says:

      How are we still on this? He hasn’t been a problem in the field AT ALL. This thing seriously got started based on 1.5 WBC games a month and a half ago. Is he Adam Everett in the field? Of course not. Is he a liability? Sure hasn’t been one so far. The offensive advantage at the position is immense.

      The imagined problems need to stop. Jeter isn’t costing them games in the field, and he’s giving them games at bat. Coke and Marte haven’t ruined the season. CC isn’t a bust. Matsui hasn’t been declared dead. Eleven Games. 11.

  21. Tom Zig says:

    Guthrie must really hate the Yankees.

  22. p2 says:

    Bruney is looking incredible, just incredible lately … the opposite of Marte (aka la mort).

  23. 27 this year says:

    Boy did the Twins get raped in the Santana deal. They DFA’d Humber and have really nothing but Carlos Gomez to show for that trade. Wow, they should have gotten F-mart. Sucks for them, Smith had two packages that were definitely better than what he got. He overplayed his hand.

    • A.D. says:

      Yeah, if they backed off the Yankees package and just wanted one of Hughes & IPK they’d prob be better off

      • They seemed to ask for more from the Yanks than they did from anyone else. And when the Yanks finally included Hughes, who was the #1 prospect in all of baseball, they raised the price again. Right there, I smelled a rat.

        Many read that deal he finally accepted as Smith getting caught with his pants down, but I don’t. Santana was VERY popular in Minnesota, I think he was under orders to trade him out of the league, unless he got blown away by an AL team. That’s the only way what he did makes any sense.

    • pat says:

      Gomez and Pelfrey. They’d be happy campers. Un-fucking believable.

    • Expired Milk says:

      It royally pissed me of that the wanted Hughes or Wang and skittles from other teams.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      In fairness, Bill Smith was in a very tough position. New to the position of GM with zero experience, the first thing staring him in the face is “you have to trade the best pitcher in the game because we can’t afford him.” That’s tough.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      We don’t really know what Smith could have gotten, or what he turned down in favor of the Mets’ package, though. It’s all speculation.

  24. Drew says:

    Sheff, # 500. I always liked him..

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    Sheff just hit homer #500. Congrats.

  26. Jake H says:

    Yanks win was good today. Alas I won’t be able to watch the Yanks play tomorrow since every time Fox has the Yankees, the Cubs play the Cards and they show that game around here. Ya!

  27. Jake H says:

    Taylor Grote has had a good start this year. I would like to see him take off to give us another good OF prospect.

  28. Tom Zig says:

    Boston burning through relievers like it’s going out of style.

    • Everyone seems to like their staff more than I do.

      If the Yanks signed one guy who is 42 and coming off shoulder surgery (Smoltz) and another guy who has a bad shoulder who is coming off a hideous season (Penny), plus our ace had to be shut down last year due to what many suspect was shoulder issues and our #2 guy walked 5 per 9 last year, all we would hear about are the question marks on our staff.

      But when Theo does it, he’s obviously must know something everyone else doesn’t. Sorry, that staff has explosion written all over it. Even the one guy who I consider to be a sure thing (Lester) showed up on Verduci’s ‘year after’ list.

  29. Drew says:

    haha, Youkilis HBP, up and in. Wish I could have seen it.

  30. So, today’s game was exciting. Sheff’s got crazy good numbers, would expect him to be HoF bound. Boston sucks and SWB may never lose ever again. [/on topic]

    Anyone else watching hockey?

  31. Drew says:

    Luke Scott:
    Loves to Face- 4Seamer
    Hates to Face- Fastball
    (Courtesy of MLB Gameday)

  32. Tom Zig says:

    Baltimore bullpen pulling a Marte/Veras circa yesterday.

    • Except they just got out of it with 0 runs

      • Tom Zig says:

        Yeahhh I posted that before they got out of it. It was bases loaded with 0 outs and Ortiz at the plate. Albeit, Ortiz has been sucking it up, I thought this would be when Baltimore awakens him.

    • Drew says:

      Adam Jones saying that their lineup is better than any team in the AL East. Eh…

      • Tom Zig says:

        Well we are missing A-rod and Teix is a notoriously slow starter. Maybe he factored that into his statement?

        • Drew says:

          I dunno, the quote was something like, “I think our’s is the best, throw us against any one of them and we’re better.”<– Not verbatim. I couldn’t find the quote, it was on BBTN.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Not as bad as some guy on ESPN sayign the Yankees have the worst lineup in the Al. Then he whispered “Nick Swisher really?”
        I really want to kill that guy. If anyone knows this ESPN show its when Stephen A. King and some white dude argue about a range of sports topics. The white guy was an obvious Sox fan. Seriously he named CC Sabathia as Can’t Count on Sabathia becasue he gave up one run in 5 innings. ESPN is a joke!

        • southernyankeefan says:

          is this the show with Skip Bayliss. The “Can’t Count on” line sounds like his lame ass.

        • Whitey14 says:

          You wanted to kill him? Really? Maybe you should stop watching ESPN if it brings out that much murderous emotion….

  33. kSturnz says:

    rome was not built in a day. this is Alex and Tex and Robi’s house. and Jesus, too (on offense)

  34. yankeeswisdom says:

    Hey guys just got back from the A’s- Jay’s game I got free tickets to from the pitcer. It was awesome Jeff Blevin (the relief pitcher that my dad ran into in toronto) saved me seats right above the bullpen so as soon as I got there I was able to yell outhis name. He came over and said Hi and told me my dads cool (very weird) and threw me a ball from the bullpen- WHICH WAS AMAZING. We also said bye to him before we left and to make things sweeter A’s beat the Jays.

    Thanks again everyone..I took a lot of pictures if anyones interested let me know. rchowdh7@uwo.ca

  35. Drew says:

    Rowand would be a hell of a left fielder next year.

  36. handtius says:

    incorrect: “Bruney threw BBs again…”

    correct: “Bruney threw sharks with fricken laserbeams on there heads again”

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