Joba Chamberlain let up a home run to Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning of Monday night’s 3-1 loss to Detroit, snapping his streak of nine consecutive appearances without allowing a run.
Chamberlain entered the game having pitched 8 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and allowing two hits with six strikeouts during that span.
The streak began after a dreadful spell of outings against Seattle, Tampa Bay and Kansas City last month. In six innings of relief during that span he allowed 12 hits and eight runs, prompting manager Joe Girardi to move Dave Robertson in as the setup man.
The switch has seemed to ignite Chamberlain considering his August numbers. He is even receiving pressure from Kerry Wood, who has allowed just one earned run in 8 1/3 innings psince joining the Yankees.
Robertson still owns the setup role, touting a streak of his own. He has not allowed a run in 16 straight appearances.
Robertson’s numbers have been staggering the last three months. He has held the opposition scoreless in 24 of his last 26 appearances.
Since the beginning of June, Robertson has given up five runs, all occurring in two appearances – a June 22 one-run outing against Arizona and a July 2 four-run implosion against Toronto.
Five runs. Two games. That’s it.
Joba’s been good, but Robertson holds the crown.