Saturday, May 23, 2009

Phillies End Yankees Streak

Phillies Phinish Yankees Streak

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
1 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0
7 14 1
NY Yankees
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
3 8 0

WP - Myers (4-2) LP - Burnett (2-2)

Home Run Derby has begun in the Bronx. The Philadelphia Phillies slugged four home runs last night and beat the Yankees 7-3 in the first of a three game interleague series. The Yankees hit three home runs of their own, but the Phillies jumped on starter and loser A.J. Burnett early and often and then abused Chien-Ming Wang as well. The loss snapped the Yankees’ season-high nine game winning streak.

Jimmy Rollins
set the tone literally from the very first pitch, hitting a solo home run to right for a 1-0 lead. Burnett had command issues all night and it manifested itself immediately when he hit Chase Utley following Rollins’ home run. Raul Ibanez followed with a single, but Burnett struck out Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth before Mark Teixeira robbed Shane Victorino of an RBI single to end the inning.

The Yankees had a chance to tie things right up against Brett Myers in their half of the first. With Johnny Damon on first base, Alex Rodriguez roped a 2-out double into the left field corner. Third base coach Rob Thomson waved Damon home, but the Phillies made a perfect relay throw, and Damon was dead at the plate on Rollins’ strike to home.

Carlos Ruiz
hit his first home run of the year, with a man aboard, to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning and Werth blasted a long 2-run shot of his own in the 5th to break the game open.

A-Rod finally got the Yankees on the board in the 6th inning with his sixth home run of the year, but Ibanez greeted Wang with his 16th home run of the season in the 7th. Ibanez didn’t hit his 16th last year until August.

Derek Jeter and Teixeira added solo home runs for the Yankees in the 8th (Teixeira’s was one of the highest and deepest in the new park), but it was way too little too late.

Game Notes

Brett Myers
retaliated for Chase Utley by throwing behind Derek Jeter in the bottom of the 1st. Both teams were warned and there were no further incidents.

Chien-Ming Wang wasn’t consistent with his sinker last night, according to pitching coach Dave Eiland. But Eiland was happy with the improvement Wang showed. You could tell, however, that the Yankees would have preferred it if Wang had kept pitching in Scranton until he was fully ready to return to the majors.

Derek Jeter
has reached base safely in 45 consecutive interleague games, tying the major league record jointly held by Craig Biggio and Barry Bonds.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, last night’s game marked the third time this season that seven or more home runs were hit in a single game at the new Stadium. It happened only one time (2005) in the old Stadium when it occurred on four separate occasions.

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