Burnett Silences Phillies Bats In 3-1 Win
The Phillies scored a run in the second inning and didn’t score again as A.J. Burnett outpitched Pedro Martinez in a 3-1 Yankee win that tied the 2009 World Series at game each.
Burnett won his first postseason game in four starts by striking out nine including four strikeouts by Ryan Howard. Mariano Rivera pitched the final two innings to record the save.
Joe Girardi may be overusing Rivera since he seldom pitches two innings while posting a save. However after the Yankee bullpen meltdown on Wednesday night it is understandable why he would have Rivera on the mound. A few years ago it was not uncommon for a closer to pitch the last two innings but now closers seldom pitch more than an inning.
Pedro Martinez pitched well but took the loss while striking out eight. The home runs hit against him by Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui were very good pitches. Matsui’s home run in particular was very low yet Matsui managed to lift it over the right field fence.
Martinez seemed to be amused by the Yankee crowd as he left the field after being lifted for a reliever by Charlie Manuel. He could have won most games pitching that well but the Phillie offense took the night off and scored their only run on a Matt Stairs single.
The first five Phillie hitters were 2-17 and struck out six times. The first four Yankee hitters were 2-15 but one of the two hits was the Mark Teixeira home run.
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez both struck out three times and Rodriguez is the worst hitter in the World Series at 0-8 and Pedro Feliz is the next worst at 0-7.
World Series Leaders
Hits – Derek Jeter 4
Home Runs – Chase Utley 2
Runs Batted In – Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley 2
Walks – Jimmy Rollins 3
Strikeouts – Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Howard 6
On Base Percentage – Hideki Matsui .571
Slugging Percentage – Chase Utley 1.143
Batting Average – Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui .500
On Base Percentage – Chase Utley 1.587
Wins – Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett 1
Losses – C.C. Sabathia, Pedro Martinez 1
ERA – Cliff Lee 0.00 in 9 innings
Saves – Mariano Rivera 1
Walks – C.C. Sabathia 3
Strikeouts – Cliff Lee 10
Lowest BA By Opponent: C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett .167
As usual the Yankees won when they had to. Now they have to be favored in Game 3 with Andy Pettitte on the mound with a 2-0 record in the postseason and a 2.37 ERA.
An erratic Cole Hamels will be his mound opponent with a 1-1 record and has posted a 6.75 ERA. Hamels has allowed six home runs in 14 innings of the postseason.
The winner of Game 3 will have four chances to win two more games while the loser will have to win three of four to win the World Series. Hamels may be given the quick hook by Charlie Manuel if he falls behind early in the game to give the Phillies a fighting chance to win the game.