Game #78: Chamberlain as good as advertised

PNC Park | 7:05 | Duke vs. Joba Chamberlain | Box
If we need some new lexicon to describe something that is as good as you had heard, I vote we say it was “Joba.” Mr. Joba Chamberlain was great in 6-2/3 innings. Six hits, one walk, no runs and seven whiffs. Plus, one win.
The Yankees scored twice in the first thanks in part to a Jack Wilson error. They tacked on two more runs before unloading for four tallies in the sixth off of T.J. Beam. Zach Duke was the victim of the poor offense and poor defense. He went five and gave up three earned runs before giving way to Beam.
Bobby Abreu struck the big blow with a three run tater in the sixth. Wilson had three hits, but committed two errors. The Pirates whiffed eleven times and had just one XBH – a double by Ryan Doumit who will hopefully stay healthy and continue hitting.
Don’t understand at all why Nyjer Morgan would get the start instead of Jason Michaels.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Joba Chamberlain came to New York under great fanfare last year. He proved he wasn’t just another overhyped Big Apple bust by posting a miniscule 0.38 ERA in 24 innings. He continues to make the transition from reliever to starter. This will be his fifth start. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, he has been getting stronger each time out. He has yielded just two runs in his last 11-2/3 innings of work. In that time he has struck out 11. If there is good news it is that he has also walked seven.
He has yet to pitch against the Pirates. Only Jason Michaels (0-1) has faced Chamberlain.
Zach Duke is coming off his most effective outing of the year and is riding a 7-1/3 innings scoreless streak. That unfortunately came against Roy Halladay and Duke received a no decision for his efforts. His ERA is now lower than 4.00.
He has never faced the Yankees. The current batch of Yanks is 6-17 against Duke. Bobby Abreu is 3-7. Andy Pettite is 2-2. He won’t be pitching. So, that’s good news.

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