“Lights Out” Rivera Seals 7-4 Yankees Win
Brad Lidge may be known as “Lights Out” Lidge but last night Mariano “Lights Out” Rivera was the one who turned the lights out in Citizens Bank Park last night with his eight pitch ninth inning in the 7-4 win by the Yankees over the current world champion Phillies.
The Yankees took a two run lead in the first inning but the Phillies countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame making the score 2-1 on a Chase Utley double. Pedro Feliz singled in the fourth inning to tie the score at 2-2.
Yankees Take 4-2 Lead
The next inning the Yankees scored two more runs on singles by Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon giving the Yankees a 4-2 lead.
Utley homered in the seventh to close the gap to 4-3. Then Pedro Feliz homered in the eighth to tie the score at 4-4.
Lidge One Out From Keeping Score Tied
Lidge entered the game and seemed on the verge of keeping the score tied with two outs when Johnny Damon singled and later stole second and third base on same play when the Phillies had nobody covering third base.
It was odd that Feliz would be covering second base when Carlos Ruiz threw to second base in an attempt to throw out Damon at second base. For some inexplicable reason neither Jimmy Rollins or Chase Utley were covering second for the throw and Rollins should have been between Damon and third base.
None of that really mattered though since Mark Teixeira was hit by Lidge and Alex Rodriguez doubled to left field to score Damon who still would have scored if he was still on second base and gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Lidge unraveled after Damon stole second and third base.
Jorge Posada then hit a two run double that scored Teixeira and Rodriguez but was thrown out at second ending the inning with the Yankees ahead 7-4.
The Phillies would have been facing Phil Coke in the bottom of the ninth inning but when the Yankees took the lead Rivera was brought in to seal the win.
Chamberlain blew the save in the eighth inning but notched a win with the three runs scored by the Yankees in the top of the ninth inning.
Game Notes: C.C. Sabathia pitched well for being on three days rest and would have won the game if not for the Feliz homer given up by Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning.
Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez were 1-11 and combined to personally leave nine runners on base….Mariano Rivera has only given up four runs in 34 World Series innings for a 1.04 ERA. Another Yankees pitcher Babe Ruth allowed only three runs in 31 innings for a 0.87 ERA.
Brad Lidge has given up five runs in six innings with a 6.75 ERA during three World Series. Lidge has a 0-1 record with a 27.00 ERA in the 2009 World Series….Yankees are outhitting the Phillies .235-.220 but the Phillies have outhomered the Yankees 7-5 and outslugged them .447-.394.
The Yankees are leading in earned run average with a 4.00 ERA-4.63 for the Phillies. Both teams are averaging a strikeout per inning with the Phillies striking out 41 in 35 innings while the Yankees have struck out 36 in 36 innings. The Phillies pitchers have hit five batters while the Yankee pitchers have hit no Phillies.
Both teams have committed two errors in their first four games and have two double plays. They also have three stolen bases each with no runners having been thrown out by either team.
Derek Jeter hitting .412 and Jorge Posada hitting .308 are the only Yankee regulars hitting over .300 in the World Series….Jayson Werth is the only Phillies player hitting over .300 with a .308 average.
Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have combined for 13 strikeouts in 28 World Series at bats….Ryan Howard with 10 strikeouts in 19 at bats and Raul Ibanez have combined for 19 strikeouts in 33 at bats.
Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano are a combined 7-56 in the World Series. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez are a combined 6-33 with no homers and three runs batted in.
Summary: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel may have made a huge mistake by not pitching Cliff Lee on three days rest. Even if he wins today the Phillies will still have to win two more games to become world champions.
Lee, Pedro Martinez and whoever starts Game 7 will all pitch in a must win situation plus Lee would have to pitch on two days rest if he starts Game 7 now. If he had pitched on Sunday he would have had three days rest for both starts but now he may not even start a seventh game if it is necessary.
Lee may never had pitched with three days rest in his career but with the Yankees ahead in the World Series he should have pitched yesterday. I haven’t heard anything about Lee wanting to pitch yesterday. He has all winter to rest his arm.
It reminds me of the time Jason Schmidt refused to pitch on three days rest when the Giants were in the playoffs and he watched from the bench as the Giants were eliminated the game before the one he was going to start.
You would think a pitcher would put their team first instead of worrying about whether they can pitch on three days rest.