Behind the pitching of Jamie Moyer, who won his 265 career win, and his first in the new Yankee Stadium, the Phils’ bat struck long enough to defeat the World Champions Yankees, 6-3.
The Phils’ bat erupted for four runs in the second inning to take the lead. The Phils scored their first run, taking a 1-0 lead as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and then stole second. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Brian Schneider, sending Dobbs to second, and an infield single to Wilson Valdez, moving both Dobbs and Schneider up a base, and with still one man out, Shane Victorino hits a three-run triple, scoring Dobbs, Schneider and Valdez, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Yankees got a run back in their half of the second as, with one man out, Robinson Cano hits a solo home run, his fourteen home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in the third as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The next batter, Jayson Werth, made it a 6-1 Phils’ lead as he hits his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Phils’ their first back-to-back home run display of the season. The Phils threathen to add to their lead in the fourth as they loaded the bases, via a walk to Victorino, who then stole second base, a Chase Utley single, sending Vitctorino to third, and an intentional walk to Werth, with two men out, but they were turned back as Ibanez grounded out, 4-3. That would be the last time that the Phils’ offense would do anything that night, as Yankees’ relief pitching would shut them down for the rest of the night. Meanwhile, the Yanks would cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-2 as, with one man out in the fifth, Jorge Posada hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. After that, Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer would only give up a walk to Alex Rodriguez in the seventh, who is then wiped out at second as Cano hits into an inning ending 5-4-3 double play, and one more hit, an infield single to Kevin Russo in the eighth. The Yankess then tried to get back into the game in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Rodriguez his an RBI double, knocking in Mark Teixeira, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on defensive indifference, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with runners on the corners as Russo followed Rodriguez with a single, moving A-Rod to third, and still with two men out, Brad Lidge finally ended the game by striking out Posada swinging.
Jamie Moyer gets the win, the 265th of his career, tying him for 38th place on the all-time wins list with Jim McCormick, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out five, as he recovers from the shelling that he had received in Boston the previous Friday night. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.76 ERA. Brad Lidge pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, as he strikes out three. A.J. Burnett took the lost as he pitches only three and a third innings, giving up six runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out only three. His record is now 6-5 with a 4.33 ERA. Boone Logan and Chad Gaudin combine for five and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only a walk (Logan), while striking out six Phils (three each).
The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Wilson Valdez each getting a hit. Victorino’s hit was a triple, knocking in three runs. Howard and Werth’s hits were solo home runs. Utley, Dobbs and Valdez’s hits were singles, with Dobbs’ hit knocking in a run, while Valdez’s was an infield single. While the Phils’ offense appears to be breaking out of its slump, it is still not putting together the sustain attack that it was putting on the field in April and early May. Hopefully it will not be too much longer before that feared attack finally returns to make the rest of the NL squirm.
The Phils (33-30, 3rd NL East) will conclude their three games series with the Yankees (41-24, 1st-T AL East) with a night game at the new Yankee Stadium. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.80), who last pitched on June 11 in a relief appearance against the Red Sox, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 12-2 lost to the BoSox. He will be trying for his first win since his six innings performance against the Marlins on May 28, in the Phils’ 3-2 win over the fish. He will be trying to build on his good relief appearance, after having pitched two straight no-decisions, one good, one bad. The Yankees with counter will Andy Pettittee (8-1, 2.46), who is coming off a win against the Astros on June 11, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Yanks’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to repeat his world series performance against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to win the series, while hoping for a measure of revenge against Pettitte for the two world series’ defeats.