Yankees 3, Astros 2: Sure, now they win

Scott Halleran

Joba almost ruined everything

The Yankees won a game that didn't matter against a team that hasn't mattered for most of the season. Glad they could manage to win now.

Just when you thought you had lost interest in baseball with only three more games to go, the Yankees play one of the more uneventful games of the season and somehow managed to come out on top. The offense struck in the fourth inning when Robinson Cano singled and Alfonso Soriano walked. Mark Reynolds hit an RBI single and advanced on a error to put runners at second and third. David Adams doubled to make the score 3–0.

The Yankees only came close again in the sixth inning, when a Soriano double off the right field wall was almost overturned into a home run. There was also Brendan Ryan's near home run in the seventh. J.R. Murphy was the only other Yankee to get a hit.

Adam Warren got a chance to start tonight, pitching five innings and allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out four. He allowed one person to touch third base and that was the only danger he faced.

David Phelps made his return to the mound in the sixth by walking two and giving up one hit while striking out a batter in 1.2 innings. Joe Girardi decided that the game was not yet out of reach for Houston, so he put in Joba Chamberlain with two on and two out in the seventh inning. Obviously, he gave up a double to Brett Wallace and then another single and a walk to load the bases. Joba Chamberlain, everyone. Somehow, he made it out of the inning without an earned run to his name.

Preston Claiborne pitched the eighth with a walk and a strikeout and David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth to close out an utterly meaningless game.

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