Yanks take 2-1 lead with win on The Streets of Philadelphia

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Yankees 8 8 1
Phillies 5 6 0

WP: Pettitte
LP: Hamels

Alex RodriguezImage by Keith Allison via Flickr

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Alex Rodriguez broke out of his World Series slump by going 1-2 with 2 RBI's, a run scored and a home run. He was also plunked twice by Phillies pitching.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Andy Pettitte's RBI single to tie the game. How many times do you see an America League Pitcher get a hit in a key situation?

TURNING POINT OF THE GAME: A-Rod's 2-run homer in the fourth inning that (after the umpires checked the replay) brought the Yankees within one run. It got the Yankees on the board, back into the game, and sparked the rest of the lineup.

  • Joba Chamberlain and Damaso Marte are really the only people you trust coming out of the bullpen besides Mariano right now. The two relievers threw two perfect innings against the meat of the Phillies line up.
  • The Yankees took back home-field advantage with the win tonight. So if both teams hold serve at home, the Yanks will win in 7. I'm sure the Yankees would like to get it finished earlier than that, and quite frankly, I'm not sure if my nerves could handle a Game 7.
  • Winning this 3rd game was important for a few reasons.
  1. Obviously, it gives the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the series.
  2. With CC on the mound in Game 4 against Joe Blanton, you feel confident about winning that game to go up 3-1.
  3. With Cliff Lee going in Game 5, you don't necessarily feel confident about winning that game to wrap up the series.
  • All-time, the Yankees are 2-0 in games that start on October 31st and end on November 1st. For the record, they are 1-0 in games on November 1st/2nd.
  • Big day tomorrow for New York vs. Philly in sports. At 1 PM, the Giants face the Eagles in a battle for first place in the NFC East and then Game 4 starts at 7:57 PM.
  • Make sure you push your clocks back so you don't miss that start time. In a few minutes here, it will go from 1:59 to 1:00 AM.
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