With the Yankees down 0-1 in the World Series heading into their last game in the Bronx before moving to Philadelphia for the next three contests, A.J. Burnett saw Pedro Martinez on the other side and realized the tough battle ahead. “I knew it was going to be crazy,” said Burnett. “I knew he was going to be on his game. I focus on myself, but you can’t help but watch his game. It’s the funnest I’ve had on the field.” Burnett certainly brought his A game while enjoying himself on the mound at Yankee Stadium, giving up just one run in seven innings with nine strike outs as the New York Yankees went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1.
Martinez performed well for Philadelphia, striking out eight and surrendering three runs in his six-plus innings pitched. Two of the three runs came from Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui solo-home runs. The Yankees bats were silent until Teixeira’s awaited bomb to center field in the fourth. “I think the home run got the crowd back in it,” Teixeira said. “It kind of put a little bit of a crack in their armor.” Cole Hamels (PA) and Andy Pettitte (NY) are the next scheduled pitching duel for game three this Saturday. The series now moves to Citizens Bank Park and if necessary will move back to New York for Games 6 and 7.
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