July 11, 2010

Joba spoils Javy’s gem, Lopez slams Yanks

The inconsistent Joba Chamberlain was ineffective once again last night, allowing a grand slam to Jose Lopez after seven shutout innings from Javier Vazquez. The granny made it 4-1 and that’s how it ended, as Felix Hernandez went the distance in 126 pitches.

Best of All: Vazquez had a no-hitter through 5-2/3 IP and wound up allowing five base runners while striking out seven. He’s really been a different pitcher since June 1. An incredible turnaround after I almost called for his head.

Nick Swisher stayed hot with a solo shot in the third. Let’s see if he can continue his pace after the All-Star break.

Worst of All: Ten hits, one run. Yuck.

Chamberlain. He really, really, really needs to get things together. However, Joe Girardi said he’s sticking with him as the setup man. After all, what other choice does he have? This is why the Yankees need to pursue a legitimate reliever at the deadline.

Coming Up: The last game before the break is at 4 p.m. today. CC Sabathia toes the rubber.

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