Joba Chamberlain pitched well in his first relief outing since losing the fifth-starter competition. Chamberlain closed today’s 2-1 Yankees win with a scoreless ninth inning.
Maybe he’s now battling for the closer’s role.
“There’s somebody in front of me I think you might have heard of,” he said. “I’m going with the intent that I’m probably going to lose that one.”
Chamberlain threw all fastballs and sliders, with his four-seamer sitting at 93-94 mph. He allowed a lead-off single on a 2-2 slider, but his very next pitch was a double play. He struck out Scott Sizemore to end the game, throwing a 94-mph fastball to setup a last-pitch slider.
“You don’t want to give up the lead for sure and lose the game,” Chamberlain said. “It was a good position to be in for my first one.”
Here’s the Chamberlain audio.
That is, of course, an Associated Press photo.