When Joba Chamberlain came out of the bullpen last night with the bases loaded and the A’s clean-up hitter coming to the plate, the result was vintage Chamberlain as he struck out Kevin Kouzmanoff on a slider.
“Boone pitched great and Javy pitched well, it was just one of those things that you have to do to get us out of that inning,” Chamberlain said. “Know your plan before you go out there.”
No Yankees reliever has been used more often or for more innings than Chamberlain, whose velocity seems to be rising as he pitches more and more out of the pen. He hit 96 mph several times last night, and his slider has remained a powerful weapon.
“The work in between is the biggest difference,” he said. “Just knowing what you have to do to stay where you need to be and not do too much, where you still have you legs and everything left with you at the end.”
Associated Press photo of Chamberlain with his father.