It would seem that Nebraska is a great place to clear your mind. Who knew?
Joba Chamberlain said that getting away for four days helped him become more focused today on the mound. He was aggressive in the strike zone, more emotional and stuck to the game plan he had with Jorge Posada.
You saw the results. One run over 6.2 innings, 3 hits and 8 Ks. It was the deepest he has gone in a game since June 1 and most strikeouts he has had since May 5.
The fifth inning was telling. After Roberto Clemente Swisher played a single into a triple, Joba hit Placido Polanco. No problem. He got the the dangerous Miguel Cabrera to pop up before fanning Marcus Thames on a 97-mph fastball. In all, Chamberlain retired the last seven batters he faced.
Here is Joba talking about it:
Today is the big game for the Yankees on several fronts. They’re now a game out of first, they swept a good team and maybe the kid with the big arm has remembered just how good he can be when he sets his mind to it.
“People think it’s easy,” Phil Hughes said. “It’s not. We’re 23, we’re still learning. But I bet Joba remembers this game.”