Behind the surprisingly strong pitching of Kyle Kendrick, the Phils leave new Yankee Stadium on a high note as they defeat the World Champions Yankees, 7-1, giving them a 3-3 spilt on the road, after having been crushed in two straight games during the weekend by the BoSox.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then reached second base on a force out attempt as Ramiro Pena committed a fielding error on a Placido Polanco grounder, while Placido would stop at second base. The Phils would increase their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked and then went to third on Wilson Valdez’s ground out, 6-3, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Yanks got a run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Robinson Cano hits an RBI single, knocking in Mark Teixeira, who had earlier walked, and then went to second base on Alex Rodriguez’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Rodriguez up to second. The Phils then put the game away in the ninth by playing like the team they were back in April and May before meeting the Red Sox. The Phils first increased their lead as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Valdez hits an RBI single, shooting it through the hole just vacated by shortstop Derek Jeter when the Yanks expected the Phils to sacrifice Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, to third, scoring Ruiz, and giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Victorino, after Valdez had stolen second base, and a walk to Chase Utley, moving both Valdez and Victorino up a base, and still with nobody out, Polanco hits a sacrifice fly for the first out of the inning, scoring Valdez, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead, and sending Victorino to third. The next batter, Howard, with runners on the corners, and now with one man out, would make it a 6-1 Phils’ lead by hitting a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino. Two batters later, the Phils would make it a 7-1 lead as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Utley, who had earlier stole second base, while sending Jayson Werth, who had just walked, over to third. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero would combine for a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches a surprising seven strong innings against the Bronx Bombers, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, striking out three. His record is now 4-2 with an ERA of 4.48. Jose Contreras receives his fifth hold of the year as he pitches one and one-third scoreless innings, as he strikes out one. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two men that he would face. Andy Pettitte took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 8-2 with an ERA of 2.47. David Robertson pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Joba Chamberlain pitches to three batters, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. Damaso Marte pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on no hits and two walks. Chan Ho Park pitches a third of an inning, as he gives up two hits.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits apiece. Victorino’s two hits were a two-run home run and a single, knocking in two runs, while Ruiz’s two hits were both doubles, as he scored two runs. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez had the other six Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Howard, Werth, Francisco and Valdez’s hits being singles, with Polanco and Valdez knocking in a run each, Polanco’s via a sac fly, while Howard knocked in two, with one via a sac fly, while Ibanez’s hit was a double, scoring a run. It would appear that the Phils’ offense is almost back. The question now is can they maintain the momentum from their last four games? Only time will tell.
The Phils (34-30, 3rd NL East) will start a nine-game home stand beginning with a three-game weekend series with the Twins (38-28, 1st AL Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-5, 7.28), who is coming off a lost against the Red Sox on June 12, where he got bombed by the BoSox for nine runs on thirteen hits and a walk, while striking out four, in four innings of work, in the Phils’ 10-2 lost. Blanton will be trying to recover from his pounding at the hands of the BoSox, like Moyer did on Wednesday night. The Twins will counter with Nick Blackburn (6-3, 4.96), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 12, where he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Twins’ 3-2 lost. He will be gunning for his seventh win of the season. The Phils will be trying for this third win in a row, while trying to even up their record in interleague play.
Behind the complete game pitching of Cliff Lee and an offensive attack powered by Chase Utley’s two solo home runs, the Phils defeated the Yankees, 6-1, taking a 1 games to 0 lead in the best of seven World Series.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the third as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run to right, his first home run of the series. The Phils increased their lead to 2-0 in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Utley hits to right field his second solo home run of the night, and of the series. The Phils would then make it 4-0 in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, who then stole second, a walk to Shane Victorino, and then a walk to Jayson Werth, after Ryan Howard hits a fly ball which would move Rollins up to third base, while Victorino would move up to second base on Werth’s walk, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run seeing eye ball single into right field, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, while sending Werth up to second base. The Phils then made it 5-0 in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Rollins’ single up the third base line, while Rollins would move up to second. Two batters later, with runners once again on the corners as Rollins moved up to third on an Utley fly out, the Phils would make it 6-0 as Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, before Victorino is thrown out at home, 9-2, to end the inning. As the Phils build up their lead, Cliff Lee was handling the Yankees with ease, giving up only four hits by the ninth inning, with only one man reaching second base, Derek Jeter with a two-out double in the third, while striking out eight batters. The Yankees would finally score a run in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, via singles to Jeter and Johnny Damon, and with nobody out, Mark Teixeira hits a grounder to Utley, who threw to Rollins for a force out, for the first out of the inning, wiping out Damon at second base. But Rollins, who actually had time to make an accurate throw to first for a double play, instead threw the ball wildly past Howard and into the dugout, allowing Jeter to score, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, and allowing Teixeira to go to second base. But that would be it as Lee would then proceed to strike out both Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada swinging to end the ball game.
Cliff Lee pitched a complete game, giving up an unearned run on six hits, while striking out ten batters. His series record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA. CC Sabathia took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out six. His series record is now 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA. Phil Hughes pitched to two batters, walking both, giving up two runs. Damaso Marte pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. David Robertson pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brian Bruney pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Phil Coke pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits a piece, with both of Utley’s hits being solo home runs, while both of Howard’s hits were doubles, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz had the other five Phils’ hit, with Victorino’s hit being an RBI single, Ibanez’s hit being a two-run single, and Ruiz’s hit being a double. The Phils had a total of four singles and five extra-base hits (2B (3), HR (2)). The Phils did rather well with RISP last night being 4 for 9.
The Phillies (1-0) continues the 2009 World Series with the Yankees (0-1) in the new Yankees Stadium with a ballgame tonight. The game is to start at 7:57 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (0-0, 0.00), who last pitched on October 16 in game two of the NLCS against the Dodgers, where he received a no-decision as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to keep the Yankees off-balance and give the Phils a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The Yankees will counter with A.J. Burnett (0-0, 5.84), who is coming off a no-decision against the Angels in game five of the ALCS on October 22, where he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out three, in the Yankees’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to even up the series at a game apiece. The Phils will be trying to leave New York with a two game to none lead, but will be happy to leave with a split before coming back home to Philadelphia with home field advantage.