Game 113: Getting back on the winning path


No one wants to see the Yankees lose games, but we know they won’t win ‘em all. Last night’s one-run loss was a bit disheartening, mainly because a botched double play led to two Blue Jays runs where there should have been none, or one at most. The Yankees did come back from that, but could not muster another run after Lyle Overbay sent one into the Yanks bullpen. Things will be different tonight, though. Things will be different.

For starters, the Yankees will have a more reliable arm in the mound in the form of Joba Chamberlain. His last start wasn’t quite as good as his previous three, but he battled through five innings and left with a hefty lead that the Yanks would not come close to surrendering. They could use another quality start out of him, and as long as he’s not walking the farm he should be fine.

The Blue Jays will send Scott Richmond to the mound. After the Yankees crushed him last time out to the tune of five runs in 1.2 innings he continued pitching well, but was scratched for his start in the July series, which led to him hitting the 15-day DL. He’s had one start since coming back, a three-inning, six-run (three earned) debacle against the A’s. That, combined with the Yanks’ last outing against him, makes you think the Yanks will have a field day with Richmond tonight. But allow me to quote someone knowledgeable on the matter.

“You can’t predict baseball. You just can’t.” -John Sterling

And he’ll remind you of that at least a dozen times during the game tonight, if you can endure him.

In case anyone is interested, I’ll be at the game tonight with Ben, sitting with a decent sized group. We were forced into Section 235, LF bleachers. If anyone wants to get a beer at the Cold Beer stand by third base in the second deck, email me (it’s to the right). The BlackBerry is on.


1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Eric Hinske, RF
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

And on the mound, number sixty-two, Joba Chamberlain.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Here’s hoping Joba’s a bit better than he was last time

  2. Charlie says:

    this is from lohud

    “The club has no plans of ever putting Joba in the ‘pen. They do have a plan for him, of course. Ironically, it’s a plan with specifics so top secret that Joba doesn’t even know them all. Girardi informs him of the next step after each of his starts.”

    I’m glad to see Joba won’t go back to the pen, but unless they’re gonna shut him down in september i don’t see how they maneuver around his innings limit come october

  3. Salty Buggah says:

    I would pay to watch Kangaroo court if I could. It seems like it would be fun to watch.

  4. Dela G says:


  5. Drew says:

    I get more hyped for Joba’s starts than anyone else. I don’t know why.

  6. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Joba 8-0 after All Star Break, let’s stay perfect Joba!

  7. Dela G says:

    Lets hope this randy ruz kid doesn’t do anything tonight

  8. Maybe it’s the fact that most guys enter their “contract years” around the same time they reach their baseball prime.

  9. Drew says:

    Haha damn, sweet catch.

  10. Ugly 0-2 pitch, Joba.

  11. mike HC says:

    It seems like Damon has been better in LF of late.

  12. Dela G says:

    nice 0-1 pitch there

  13. Doug says:

    I just noticed the YES gun is working today. No more 96 mph curveballs.

  14. Mike Axisa says:

    Wow, I figured he was going to throw a 3-2 slider. He always does.

  15. Drew says:

    It’s good to hear the crowd into each play these days.

  16. Damn, I thought Robbie would get that.

  17. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Pedroia would have had that!!! ergh

  18. I like it when Joba’s fast.

  19. Drew says:


  20. Doug says:

    woooo it’s the SLIDAH~

  21. Salty Buggah says:

    nice Joba but I would like some more efficiency

  22. Accent Shallow says:

    Nice slider to get Overbay. How about picking up the pace a bit?

    Sometimes he seems like a non-shitty Steve Trachsel.

  23. VO says:

    I love the way Joba either strikes someone out and walks straight off the mound like it’s nothing. Or the times where he goes all fist-pumping on us. It really does show the true emotion in it.

  24. BigBlueAL says:

    Has Girardi confirmed that Gaudin will start on Sunday?? Or is it just speculation from some of the writers??

  25. Dela G says:

    that was a filthy slider

  26. Mike Axisa says:

    The Yanks annihilated Richmond earlier this year. I expect more of the same.

  27. Jeter startin’ it off right.

  28. JSquared says:

    Jeter’s too good.

  29. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Wasn’t impressed with Jobber that inning.

  30. I like where this is going.

  31. JSquared says:

    Overbay is too white to get up any higher.

  32. Salty Buggah says:

    keep it going guys, we need to hit with RISP today.

  33. Mike Axisa says:

    This qualifies as a good start.

  34. They are ripping him right now.

  35. JSquared says:

    Teixeira… The Baseball Superman?

  36. Accent Shallow says:

    Aaron Hill is a horrendous defender.

  37. Dela G says:

    i heart you damon

  38. Salty Buggah says:

    keep it going

  39. No double play this time A-Rod

  40. VO says:

    I am liking these Yankees.

  41. JSquared says:

    Ball 3?

  42. pat says:

    Arod decides this isn’t clutch enough of a situation.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      we are not tied or down so yea…I kinda wish he would pad his stats in addition to being clutch

  43. Salty Buggah says:

    boo borderline call! Cmon Hideki, no DP or K, we need more runs

  44. Come on Yankees, let’s get more than one run here! *is really greedy*

  45. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    That’s the only run we need with Joba on the mound.

  46. Dela G says:

    that K to alex was BS

  47. Mike Axisa says:

    New favorite way to kill time: pushing pedestrians in front of subway cars in GTA4.

  48. Dela G says:


    godzilla looked silly on that first strike

  49. Were Hideki’s eyes even open on that pitch?

  50. Salty Buggah says:

    now that I dont like, that runner on 3rd better not be stranded!!!

  51. JSquared says:

    Good hit. Bad green light from 3rd base coach.

  52. That was an awful call.

  53. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh WTF Tex, you can run over Jorge but not frickin’ Barajas?

  54. BigBlueAL says:

    Bobby Meacham is back coaching 3rd????

  55. Drew says:

    cmon teix u gotta take him down. wtf was thompson thinking sending him?

  56. VO says:

    A little too aggressive there. I don’t think Teix made that call on his own at all.

  57. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Oh Robbie Thompson.

  58. mike HC says:

    Why not try to harder to dislodge the ball?

  59. Dela G says:

    hahahahaha Tex

    way to get out by a mile

    who waived him home? a blind man?

  60. Randy A. says:

    Bobby Meachem 2.0 at 3rd base this year.

  61. pat says:

    BWAHAHAHAHA the Tigers put up a 3 spot on tazawa in the first inning. This kid’s confidence is gonna be shot to shit.

  62. That question about Ruth is unfair. Baseball wasn’t nearly as popular then as it is now, right? Ruth was so big because he essentially defined the sport and made it into what it became. Unless baseball completely dies out, unlikely, no one will be able to do that again.

    • Ivan says:

      Ruth was the first athlete you could label “put fannies in the seats”

      Remember baseball was just escaping the dead ball era and Ruth made the Homrun one of the most exciting things in baseball.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

        He also revived baseball after the Black Sox scandal by having a season where he hit almost twice as many HR’s as any other player ever had previously in one season.

        The dude was unreal.

  63. JSquared says:

    There were a lot of bad decisions by Thompson earlier in the year, thought he would know better, we can string 4 hits together with 2 outs against red sox… he doesn’t think we can do it against the Blue Jays?

  64. That pitch should’ve been fuckin’ crushed. Thank you, Vernon.

  65. Mike Axisa says:

    Please stop calling Randy Ruiz a kid, Michael Kay. He played in AA for the Yanks. Four years ago.

    And that wasn’t his first big league at-bat, Paulie. He’s been up with the Twins. A few times.

  66. Accent Shallow says:

    Sure, hit 96 to Randy F. Ruiz, Joba.

  67. JSquared says:

    Ok, take a seat now Rook.

    Sincerely, Joba’s Fastball.

  68. Dela G says:

    vernon wells sucks


  69. Nice inning, Joba.

  70. Bob Stone says:

    Go Tigers! They’re up 3-0 on the BoSox and Tazawa in the first inning.

  71. Drew says:

    Love it

  72. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  73. CanoFTW says:

    Oh Mo – away on a business trip and I’m forced to listen to the game on Gameday audio… I hope I don’t break my laptop listening to Sterling and Waldman.

  74. ShuutoHeat says:

    Did Vernon Wells say “BITCH!” real loud when he hit that pop up?

  75. The Artist says:

    Joba only goes 5 innings each of his starts from here on out. That’s why they’re keeping it secret, so teams don’t wait him out and get his pitch count up.

    If he throws 5 tonight and makes another 6 starts in the remaining 7 weeks of the season (skipping him here and there) that will put him at 150 IP for the season.

  76. Accent Shallow says:

    I have mute on — was that girl someone I should recognize, or just a random fan?

  77. Ivan says:

    Iight big spot, WS on the line, final out, Pujols at the plate, who would you trust in that spot, Joba or Hughes?

  78. Doug says:

    lol cameraman must have really had a thing for that girl in the blue shirt.

  79. CanoFTW says:

    Omg as soon as I write that – Sterling calls the Cano hit a double… only to correct himself bc he can’t see the area of the field from where he’s sitting.

  80. Mike Axisa says:

    Robbie Cano’s so lazy, he tried to double twice in that at-bat thinking they’d give him four bases and a homer.

  81. JSquared says:

    Cano… The Man.

  82. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  83. JSquared says:


  84. Doug says:

    Robbie fires the “laser!”

  85. How did the HP umpire not notice that immediately?

  86. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Meh… Bard’s balk was funnier.

  87. Nice pitch, Richmond. His breaking ball is pwning people right now.

  88. ShuutoHeat says:

    Here comes the Melkman for his delivery!
    Happy bday Leche!

  89. Salty Buggah says:

    ah cmon guys we HAVE to drive in that run this time with 0 outs (now 1)

  90. Drew says:

    Melkdog gettin the job done.

  91. JSquared says:

    RBI on your birthday. I’ll Take it.

  92. pat says:

    Melky only plays small ball when Cano is on base.

  93. The Artist says:

    Happy Birthday Melky!

    Cano and A-Rod are going to chip in and order him another porn star.

  94. Drew says:

    Jeter is just ridic at the plate right now.

  95. ShuutoHeat says:

    That’s G!

  96. Doug says:

    Melky: “here you go Robinson Cano it is a sacrifice fly for you”
    Robbie: “thank you Melky you are my best friend”

  97. Mary Carey says:

    Happy birthday Leche!

  98. JSquared says:

    Derek Jeter… Too Good.

    Tazawa gonna have 50+ pitches after the 2nd inning, how is that pitching depth there boston?

  99. Is that dude from the ESPN trivia game right there in the front row? What was it? Stump the Schwab or whatever?

  100. The Artist says:

    Damn, this guy is throwing batting practice.

  101. Drew says:

    Dammit! Make them walls higher!! ha

  102. Tough break, should be 4-0

  103. Drew says:

    Vernon Wells thought it was a touchdown.

  104. Dela G says:

    jeter is money

  105. Salty Buggah says:

    bring em in MVP!

  106. Dela G says:

    nice job damon

  107. ShuutoHeat says:

    This whole friggin line up is G!

  108. Mike Axisa says:

    Crush them Alex. No mercy.

  109. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    GRAND SLAM!!!!

  110. A.D. says:

    ARod needs to crush this

  111. This is more clutch than in the first!

  112. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    A-Rod you know what to do!!!!

  113. ShuutoHeat says:


  114. Drew says:

    Haha the poor pitching coach, he’s like “Fuck!!”

  115. Salty Buggah says:

    A-rod hates stat-padding

  116. The Artist says:

    Tazawa off to a flying start.

    3H 3 R 2BB in 1.2 IP.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      He doesn’t even have that great stuff either.

      • The Artist says:

        and they broke an unwritten rule between MLB and Japan in signing him. The Japanese teams were pissed they signed such a young guy, who was supposed to play with a Japanese team and was in a contract dispute.

  117. Drew says:

    Well that was anti-climactic.

  118. Ivan says:

    This team is good.

  119. JSquared says:

    Can only ask for so much.

  120. Doug says:


  121. Mike Axisa says:

    Apparently A-rod has decided to not hit those stat padding homers early in the game this year, and instead will save them all for the big spots.

  122. Dela G says:

    damn it alex

  123. Salty Buggah says:

    Positive: We are still crushing the shit out of Richmond, let’s just keep pitching well and keep mashing

  124. I do not want to hear about food. Stop talking about food.

  125. Drew says:

    Dang Miggy-Cabs might have a broken hand.

  126. Salty Buggah says:

    Fuckin computer! I’ve been recording a DVD from my Camera and the software said it would take UPTO an hour. It had been 3 hours and it was only done 41%. But the motherfuckin froze and just turned off on me. All that time goes to waste!

  127. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    DP here Joba!

  128. Drew says:

    Brawl in boston.

  129. IM convo:

    youklis is gonna get suspended bigtime

    what’d he do?
    I’m watching the Yankees

    he got hit, charged the mound threw his helmet at porcello on his way then tackled porcello


  130. Accent Shallow says:

    Joba, stop throwing balls to horseshit hitters.

  131. beware of Michael Kay says:

    and the unspooling of the red sox has begun. amen

  132. pat says:

    Sweet, Douchebag Youk tackles a 21 year old. What a fucking cockbag.

  133. Did I just hear that Youk tackled Porcello?! WTF?!

  134. Jordan says:

    HAHAHAHA Youk charged Porcello. Wow. Red Sox really are dirtbags.

  135. ShuutoHeat says:

    Youkilis is such a prick.
    You’re literally ALL over the plate, expect to get hit.
    Thanks for trying to ruin a youngster’s career.

    • beware of Michael Kay says:

      true dat

      although – porcello could have had a better response

      and now this from a guy on MLB Network: “I don’t think Youk was throwing his helmet at Procello to hurt him. It was more of a tactical thing.” … from the Tim McCarver school of broadcasting..

      • ShuutoHeat says:

        You mean next time someone can throw their frigging bat at the pitcher due to tactical reasons… it’s okay? What has this world come to?

        Fuck Youkilis and his fucking smug ass diva personality. Fuck his retarded stance, someone should pick up a garbage pitcher and have him just drill that fuck in the back of the head.

  136. Salty Buggah says:

    Wow, this was unexpected. Someone from the NY media called out ESPN for their coverage of Big Papi.

  137. Dela G says:

    porcello effin beat youk a bit i think


  138. Jordan says:

    Best part is, Youkilis will probably get away with it, just like Ramirez. I loathe the Red Sox and their bitch brand of baseball.

  139. JSquared says:

    Kind of wish it was someone like Verlander… Throw 100 MPH at Jewkilis, and he wouldn’t charge Verlander.

  140. Drew says:

    If Youkilis ever tackles Joba I will personally hunt him down and show him how it really is. Although, I’m pretty sure Jober would stomp his squirrel beard into the ground.

  141. Dela G says:

    porcello just got tossed

    he shouldn’t have

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      Wow. You gotta love it.

      Let’s see…
      1. Man gets attacked.
      2. Man gets thrown on the ground.
      3. Man is expected to fight back passively, by staring hard at the crazy nut and hoping his head will explode.
      4. Man is hurt.

    • Jordan says:

      Unbelievable. I hope Rodney throws at Youkilis’ head.

  142. Mike Axisa says:

    C’mon Joba, stop screwing around.

  143. Salty Buggah says:

    That Youkilis! What a team player for getting their starting pitcher ejected early for the longman!

  144. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Can somebody give me a play by play of the Youk thing?

    • Dela G says:

      youk got hit by a pitch on the back between the letters

      he then charged the mound at an unsuspecting porcello

      threw his helmet

      then porcello and youk were in a suplex grip until youk sorta threw him down

      brawl began

  145. Bugsy says:

    faaaack, joba. throw strikes, please. we’re allergic to terrible ball to strike ratio.

  146. pat says:

    Porcello tossed youk to the ground like a bitch, ended up on top of him.

    • Dela G says:

      it was quite funny to watch

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      As long as Porcello laid out Youk I’m okay with it, the kid is only 20 so that just shows 30 y/o Youk is a bitch.

    • unclestevie says:

      i knew that Youk was a wussy by the way he looked like he was gonna cry when Joba threw at him…..he knew that time he would take an ass whipping… he tried to pick on a skinny 20 year old rookie

  147. Drew says:

    hahaha just saw the highlight, Porcello threw down Youk

  148. Drew says:

    Dammit Joba.

  149. Mike Axisa says:

    Jesus fucking Christ Joba.

  150. JSquared says:

    Ofcourse, another Lucky Overbay hit… Great.

  151. Accent Shallow says:

    This is what happens when you don’t retire crappy hitters like Inglett and Scutaro.

  152. nyrfan says:

    joba deserves that

  153. Salty Buggah says:

    OK what the fuck Joba!

  154. VO says:

    I have a feeling we are going to get our first look at Gaudin tonight.

  155. beware of Michael Kay says:

    is it just me or is the red sox bitch-ness proven by their “rivalries” with so many teams that involve brawls. Yankees, Rays, now Detroit – and there was a thing with the O’s a while ago.

  156. Dela G says:

    damn it joba

    one swing

    3 fucking runs

  157. Riddering says:

    That sucked.

    /too broken for eloquence

  158. Stop walking the Joe Ingletts of the world and this shit won’t happen Joba.

    Unrelated: is this opera in the Lexus ad the same opera from The Shawshank Redemption?

  159. charlespoet says:

    So when did the Yankees trade the Joba we saw after the break? This is the old version of Joba who no longer has a rhythm to his pitching, is missing location, and wasting too many pitches. Wow, might be time to reconsider the rotation. Could be his innings limit affecting him.

  160. BigBlueAL says:

    Boston just tied the game.

  161. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Bad game by Joba.

    I said it in the first inning. Allow me to have my Little Bill moment here. I said he looked like he was doing bad.

  162. Jordan says:

    And of course the Red Sox come back and tie it.

  163. VO says:

    So wait, Youk didn’t get tossed?

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      You kidding? If the Sox make the playoffs this game will be the turning point and Youk will get a medal by Gammons.

  164. Drew says:

    So anyone that didn’t see.

    Porcello hits Youk in the back, Porcello looks up like he didn’t mean to do it. Then while Porcello is still looking up, Youk sprints to the mound. All of a sudden Porcello looks at Youk sprinting at him and puts his arms out to the side and backs up as if to say, “what the hell is happening!!??” He then gets a helmet tossed at him, Youk tries to tackle Porcello and Porcello spins and throws Youk to the ground.

  165. Salty Buggah says:

    OK, offense time to score like 3 more runs now.

  166. JSquared says:

    Jason Bay…. can only hit high Fastballs over the Green Monster… otherwise, useless.

  167. Dela G says:


    tie game in boston 3-3

  168. The Artist says:

    Love O’Niell giving Leiter the shit all night.

  169. Jorge has looked terrible on breaking balls lately.

  170. JSquared says:

    Why are we helping this bum Richmond?

  171. pat says:

    Aight yo we need to refocus. Fuck Boston lets go Yanks.

  172. charlespoet says:

    This is the one thing that is frustrating. They have a pitcher on the ropes and they let up. This game should be 7-3 right now. Come on boys, no hiccups.

  173. Salty Buggah says:

    It sucks Porcello got tossed as the Tigers will probably lose with a sucky pitcher in there.

  174. BigBlueAL says:

    Nice job letting Toronto right back into the game.

  175. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    This night just went from everything bright and sunny to WTF this sucks.