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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Cliff Lee shut down the New York Yankees power line up, collecting 10 K’s while giving up just one unearned run as the Philadelphia Phillies handled CC Sabathia and the Yankees bullpen 6-1 to open the 2009 World Series. Third basemen Alex Rodriguez after going on a tear all post-season struck out three times in his World Series debut. “I did keep it simple today. He kept it even more simple,” said Rodriguez of Lee. “He threw the ball well. When a guy comes out like that, you tip your cap and move on. He made some pretty good pitches.”
Sabathia made his best effort for a pitching duel, giving up two runs courtesy of Chase Utley’s two homers in his seven innings of work. After CC’s exit the Yanks bullpen just couldn’t hold it together. Phil Hughes and Brian Bruney gave an extra four runs to the Phillies in the eighth and ninth innings to “close out” Game 1.
Game 2 is scheduled for Yankee stadium tonight at 7:57 PM and will feature starting pitchers Pedro Martinez and A.J. Burnett. Martinez in last week’s NLCS series against the Los Angeles Dodgers threw for seven scoreless innings. Burnett during the 2009 regular season held a 13-9 record with a 4.04 ERA.
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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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Jayson Werth knocked one of his two game home runs in the bottom of the first inning to bring in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. From there the Philadelphia Phillies were World Series bound for their second appearance in two seasons, eventually closing this year’s NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 last night at Citizens Bank Park.
Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz also homered for Philadelphia, but it was Werth who got the lineup going with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs. “Big games call for big times,” said Werth. “Hopefully, we can keep it going. We’ve got four more games to win.”
Cole Hamels on the mound to start let in three runs in five innings pitched with three strike outs. Following his exit the bullpen really held LA’s hitting to a minimum, allowing just three hits and one run for the rest of the game. The Phillies will now wait for the Yankees Angels series to wrap up (Game 5 tonight at 7:57 PM) before the 2009 World Series can officially start up.
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Jimmy Rollins knocked a frozen rope two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning for the Philadelphia Phillies to win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The Phillies are now just one win away from returning to the World Series for a run at their second straight title.
The Dodgers will definitely look to make adjustments for Game 5 tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton is excited to move on from the previous contest after blowing the win in relief. “He put some good wood on it and it went to the wall,” said Broxton. “It was a good game, just let it get away in the ninth.”
Philadelphia has won 10 of their last 11 post-season home games (10 of 12 LCS games). They will now turn to Cole Hamels to produce a good start for them on the mound against Dodgers right-hander Vincente Padilla.
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After the Los Angeles Dodgers evened the NLCS score at 1-1, the Philadelphia Phillies made sure they would produce enough offensively in order to avoida similar scenario next time around. Cliff Lee held LA scoreless through eight innings pitched as all but two players from Philadelphia’s line up came up with a hit. After pulling ahead in the first with four runs, the Phillies kept piling on the insurance to eventually win 11-0 last night at Citizens Bank Park.
Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino led the heavy offense with homers in the first and eighth innings to bring in five runs combined. The next two games will be in Philadelphia before the series moves back to Los Angeles if necessary.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre expected different results yesterday but still believes his team to be in good position. “You never want to get your rear end kicked,” said Torre. “But you don’t toss and turn and wonder if you made the right move. It’s still only one game and we’re in position to tie the series tomorrow.”
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The Philadelphia Phillies scored the majority of their runs through the power of Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez last night at Dodger Stadium. Ibanez started the run production in the fifth inning with a three run jack which was later repeated by Ibanez in the eighth, as the Phillies went on to take Game 1 of the NLCS away from the LA Dodgers 8-6.
Cole Hamels threw five innings for Philadelphia, allowing eight hits and four runs but none the less did his job. “It doesn’t look good on paper, but there were a lot of times where the counts were in my favor and I kept them off-balance,” said Hamels. “Unfortunately, some of the results weren’t there, but in the key situations, I was able to get what I needed.”
Game 2 tonight will feature Pedro Martinez on the mound for the Phillies against LA’s Vinente Padilla. In thirteen playoff appearances, Pedro has earned a 6-2 record with a 3.40 ERA.
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Ryan Howard hit a two run double with two down followed by a Jayson Werth single for the Philadelphia Phillies to come back in the 9th inning with three more runs, advancing them past the Colorado Rockies to the National League Championship Series. There they will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers with the first two games scheduled at Dodger Stadium in LA. “No one got rattled and no one was worried,” said Werth. “Going back to ’07, we got swept by the Rockies and I think everybody learned a lesson. Everybody knew what we had to do.”
Rockies closer Huston Street was not so happy with his end of the road performance. “We stood toe to toe with the defending world champions,” Street said. “I take full responsibility for there not being a Game 5 and not keeping us alive.” The first NLCS game will take place this Thursday. LA will be out for revenge knowing the Phillies handled them in last year’s series. Philadelphia is now in a good spot to try and earn back to back World Series rings, which was last done nine years ago when the New York Yankees won in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
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Yorvit Torrealba knocked a two run homer in the second inning and from there the Colorado Rockies held on to win 5-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of their National League Division Series. “It’s huge,” said Torrealba. “Going back to Denver, that was our goal, if we can win at least one game here – and we did.”
Aaron Cook allowed three runs and seven hits in five-plus innings for Colorado. The sinker specialist earned 12 of 15 outs from strikeouts or grounders. “His sinker was downhill and he was really working both sides of the plate,” Torrealba added.
The Phillies came back from an early 4-0 Rockies lead to even the score heading into the eighth inning, when Jason Werth homered to right center for the go-ahead run. The series is all tied up as they make their way to Coors Field in Colorado. Game 2 is scheduled for October 10th at 9:37 PM.
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