Hideki Matsui really lived up to the name Godzilla with three hits and six RBI’s last night at Yankee Stadium, as the New York Yankees went on to win Game 6 and the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies for their 27th championship. Matsui will be joining the list of free agents this offseason, and certainly has proved to the organization that he is worth every penny they are giving him. “It’s awesome,” Matsui said through a translator. “Unbelievable. I’m surprised myself.”
Veteran Andy Pettitte notched the win from five innings pitched, letting up three runs and four hits. Mariano Rivera seemed collected as usual while putting the series to a close. The trusted right-hander allowed just one hit through the final five outs.
The Yankees were in control all game after Matsui’s two-run homer in the second. They were up 7-1 in the 6th when Ryan Howard knocked a longball to left, bringing in Chase Utley to pull within four. “You don’t look at it as a failure,” said Howard. “We had a great season. We just got beat by the better team.”
Alex Rodriguez, after a dramatic year full of injury and steroid allegations was thrilled at the thought of finally collecting a ring next April. “My teammates, coaches and the organization stood by me and now we stand here as world champions,” said Rodriguez. “We’re going to enjoy it, and we’re going to party!” Already looking forward to 2010? Look right here with us at Ace for Yankees and Phillies tickets next season!
The New York Yankees rallied for three runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth, but finally after a Derek Jeter double-play grounder and Mark Teixeira strikeout Philadelphia fans were able to take a deep breath and realize that there will in fact be a Game 6. Chase Utley was the leading contributor for the Phillies victory with two home runs and four RBI’s. Cliff Lee from the mound let up five runs in seven innings, but none the less completed the job.
“We definitely have the momentum,” said Phillies reliever Ryan Madson of the tough final inning. “I didn’t care if they scored one or two, as long as they didn’t score three.”
The Yankees will now meet the Phillies in New York this Wednesday at 7:57 PM. Get ready for a classic Pedro Martinez Andy Pettitte showdown. Pedro will be ready on five days rest while Pettitte will battle on three. Yankees manager Joe Girardi is still uncertain about whether he should give Pettitte the ball. “Physically I’ve got to see how he is,” said Girardi. “He threw a side Monday and felt good. But I’ll check with him Tuesday.”
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Alex Rodriguez knocked in Johnny Damon for the go-ahead run after a heads up double steal in the top of the 9th inning, as the New York Yankees rallied to win 7-4 over the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday at Citizens Bank Park. Now holding a 3-1 advantage in the 2009 World Series, the Yankees are just one win away from claiming their 27th championship.
“There’s no question – I’ve never had a bigger hit,” said Rodriguez.”The one time I got hit in yesterday’s game, my first at-bat, kind of woke me up a little bit and just reminded me, ‘Hey, this is the World Series, let’s get it going a little bit.’” It couldn’t be a better time for A-Rod to find his rhythm heading into tonight’s game against the left-handed Cliff Lee, who dominated the Yanks with 10 K’s during Philadelphia’s 6-1 Game 1 victory in New York.
AJ Burnett will get the call to start on the mound for the Yankees. Burnett is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA so far this postseason. Game time is set for 7:57 PM. If necessary Game 6 and 7 will take place in New York Wednesday and Thursday night.
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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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The 2009 MLB World Series will officially begin tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium (7:57 PM). The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies are no strangers to postseason competition. The Phillies will be contending their World Series title as the Yanks attempt to redeem themselves after a poor 2008 regular season showing. Despite their previous drought last year, New York has proven most successful over the years with 26 total championships and 40 World Series appearances (not to mention their 103-59 2009 regular season record).
The first two games in the Bronx are expected to be nothing short of thrilling. The opening matchup will feature club aces and former teammates Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia. CC won the AL Cy Young in 2007 but Lee claimed the award last season.
Phillies veteran Pedro Martinez will get the nod to take the hill for game 2 (Yankees pitcher TBD). The Former Boston Red Sox right-hander and the Yankees have certainly developed quite a relationship over the years. New York fans should be riled up for this one especially.
“I think he’s still got quite a bit left,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel of Pedro. “I was watching those playoff games that he pitched in. His velocity was sitting 87 to 91 mph, and he was even better than that at Dodger Stadium. That was a couple years ago when he pitched those games against the Yankees. He knows how to pitch.” Martinez is 11-11 with a 3.20 ERA in 32 career starts against the Yankees.
Series Schedule Below:
Game 1 Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7:57 p.m. at Yankee StadiumGame 2 Thursday, Oct. 29, 7:57 p.m. at Yankee StadiumGame 3 Saturday, Oct. 31, 7:57 p.m. at Citizens Bank ParkGame 4 Sunday, Nov. 1, 8:20 p.m. at Citizens Bank ParkGame 5 Monday, Nov. 2, 7:57 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park*
Game 6 Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:57 p.m. at Yankee Stadium*
Game 7 Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:57 p.m. at Yankee Stadium*
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