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Yanks only need Burnett, Rivera to best Phils

Oct 29, 2009, 11:50 PM EST

So, now we know just how the Yankees have decided to address that middle-relief problem; they’re going to bypass it completely.
A.J. Burnett struck out nine over seven innings and Mariano Rivera pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings Thursday as the Yankees won 3-1 to send the World Series to Philadelphia deadlocked at one game apiece.
The game was tied at 1 until the bottom of the sixth, when Hideki Matsui took a Pedro Martinez curveball and golfed it over the short porch in right field for a solo homer. Martinez finished the inning from there, and common sense suggested that his night was over after 99 pitches.
Charlie Manuel had other ideas, though. Martinez went back out to start the seventh against Jerry Hairston Jr. Hairston, who started over the benched Nick Swisher because he was 10-for-27 against Martinez, managed to dunk one over Ryan Howard’s head into short right. He was immediately removed for Brett Gardner. Melky Cabrera followed by showing bunt on the first pitch. Martinez responded by throwing a high fastball — a pitch that’s very difficult to bunt — on the second pitch, only to see Melky line it into right for another clean single, putting runners on the corners.
That knocked out Pedro. Jorge Posada singled off Chan Ho Park to make it a 3-1 game, and a couple of oddities followed to keep it at that score. After failing in his first two bunt attempts, Derek Jeter tried one more time and fouled the pitch off, resulting in a strikeout. Johnny Damon then hit a little liner towards Ryan Howard, who was credited with a catch and a double play, even though he short-hopped the ball in truth.
Martinez clearly deserved better for what was a pretty stellar outing. He struck out eight, and while Mark Teixeira’s homer in the fourth was legit, Matsui’s was a Yankee Stadium shot. Pedro shouldn’t have been sent back out for the seventh, yet he was unfortunate that things turned out as badly as they did then. Hairston got only a small piece for the ball he hit for a single, and he simply guessed wrong during Melky’s at-bat.
In his first World Series start, Burnett was the big star for the Yankees. He struck out nine, and one of his two walks was intentional. Rivera gave up two hits and a walk in his two innings, but the Phillies couldn’t come up with the hits when they needed them.
The Yankees got their win even though Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for the second straight game. Damon was also dreadful, and given that he’s unexceptional against lefties anyway, it’d make more sense to sit him than Nick Swisher if the Yankees want Hairston in the lineup again for Game 3 versus Cole Hamels.

  1. downsouth - Oct 30, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Rebounds with a Cliff Lee-esque performance.

  2. comeonman - Oct 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    LQQK’s like the World Series Trophy for 2009 will not be given
    out after one game after all. Lace them up PHILLY, HERE COME THE YANKEES.EVERYTHING WILL BE SETTLED IN THE BRONX THIS YEAR, THIS IS NOT TAMPA BAY FELLAS.

  3. comeonman - Oct 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    “We can hit Rivera,” Manuel said. “We can hit any closer. We’ve proved that.”
    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2009/10/30/2009-10-30_mariano_rivera.html#ixzz0VQaHiciH
    I LOVE CHARLIE, HE IS LIKE YOUR CRAzY GRANDPA…… BUT MO IS NOT
    ANY CLOSER………..
    WHAT WAS CHARLIE’S BENCH COACH MIXING IN THOSE TWO CUPS DURING THE GAME, A LITTLE BRANDY FO THE CHILLY WEATHER FELLAS……..

  4. awineguy - Oct 30, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Not sure Girardi will adopt the 6 out save every night but it was just too important to avoid going down 2-0 so last night made sense.
    Chamberlin was throwing at one point but even McCarver alluded to the strategy early in the game when he referred to Burnett’s job as “Get through seven innings with the lead and give the ball to Rivera”.
    On a side note it’s interesting that when the umps screw up and it hurts the Yankees we get:
    “Ryan Howard was credited with a catch and a double play, even though he short-hopped the ball in truth”
    If this had been Philadelphia at the plate the conspiracy rants would be full blown.

  5. Yankee Fan, but . . . - Oct 30, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    There were mutual double play blown calls — Texiera didn’t catch the ball in the 4-6-3 double play in the top of the eighth (the one where everyone’s asking why the Phillies didn’t start the runners with a 3-2 count and 1 out) until after Utley touched the bag. I haven’t heard any conspiracy theories other than the umps blew two calls and they happened to even out. Fair is fair.
    Also to be fair to the umpires, these were both very close situations and they’re human beings. Without the benefit of freeze-frames and slow motion replay these were definitely difficult things to see.

  6. frankievegas - Oct 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    like I said about the previous articles this guy wrote,
    he doesn’t know what end of the bat to hold, what a joke.
    Bench Damon instead of swisher, get the F out of here.
    Maybe the Phillies should bench Howard….he is not getting it done either, you probably never stepped in a batters box against anything but some women in a co-ed softball league. why don’t you write an article about something you know like planting flowers.

  7. frankievegas - Oct 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    the blown call in the 4-6-3 double play wasn’t by the first base umpire. he just righted the call, if you watch it Venti-watever his name is, who was on first and sliding into 2nd could not touch 2nd base with his slide and by the rules that is interferance, even if you reach out your left hand and are able to touch 2nd with your finger nail that is legal, his slide was way off the base and the 2nd base umpire should have called interferance and the double play complete.

  8. The Marriage Doctor - Jan 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Hey mate, what theme is your blog using? It’s incredible

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