May 19, 2010

Joba, Mo blow away another

For the third straight game, the Yankees held a lead heading into the eighth inning. Sunday, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera combined to blow the game. Monday, Chan Ho Park blew the lead, but the Yankees offense had his back. Tuesday, Chamberlain and Rivera blew the lead once again, and the Yankees comeback fell just short, as the Red Sox held on for a 7-6 victory.

Best of all: CC Sabathia pitched seven strong innings. He allowed one earned on four hits and three walks while striking out five. He left with a 5-1 lead going into the eighth. Joba owes CC a dinner.

**Note: This game isn’t technically official. Joe Girard protested a fifth-inning play. More here from

Worst of all: Obviously, the bullpen. Chamberlain and Rivera are supposed to be automatic. They usually are, but both have looked absolutely lost in their past two outings. Chamberlain isn’t throwing any strikes, and even Rivera is missing spots by more than an inch.

Line of the Night: Robinson Cano: 2-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 2B.

Up Next: The Yankees stay at home with a tired bullpen facing the best team in baseball, the Rays, for two games.

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