Monday, May 25, 2009

Phillies Take Series in 11

Phillies Overcome Yankees Rally, 5-4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
4 11 1
NY Yankees
0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
3 13 0

WP - Condrey (4-0) LP - Tomko (0-1)

The Yankees had another dramatic 9th inning rally, but the Philadelphia Phillies got the last laugh and beat the Yankees 5-4 in 11 innings. It looked like the Yankees would pull off another dramatic win when Melky Cabrera singled home the tying run off closer Brad Lidge in the 9th and then put the first two men aboard in the 10th.

But after singles by Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira bounced into a rally killing double play. Chris Condrey intentionally walked Alex Rodriguez and retired Ramiro Pena, who had entered the game in the 9th as a pinch-runner for Robinson Cano, on a fly out to keep the game tied.

Brett Tomko retired the first two Phillies in the 11th, but walked Chase Utley. The second baseman stole second base and came home on catcher Carlos Ruiz’ double to give the Phillies the lead back. Condrey retired the Yankees in order in the 11th to improve to 4-0.

The game had been a pitcher’s duel between aces Cole Hamels and CC Sabathia. The Phillies struck first in the 3rd inning on 2-out RBI hits by Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. Damon got a run back in the bottom half of the 3rd with an RBI double, but was thrown at home plate, for the second straight game, trying to score on aTeixeira single.

Raul Ibanez
doubled home Victorino for a 3-1 lead in the 6th, but Sabathia stranded him on the base paths. Teixeira answered with a broken bat home run to left in the bottom of the inning to set up the late inning drama.

Cano led off the 9th with a single up the middle and was replaced by Pena, who stole second base and came home on Cabrera’s single. The Melkman stole second base as well, but was stranded when pinch-hitter Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner both grounded out.

Game Notes

After his awful start in Baltimore (4.1 IP 6 ER) on opening day, CC Sabathia is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA.

Derek Jeter continued his interleague dominance, going 6-15 in the series.

The Yankees had a chance to move into first place in the AL East after Toronto lost their 6th straight. Instead Boston moved into sole possession of first after salvaging the finale of their 3-game series with the Mets.

The Yankees begin a 3-game series with the AL West leading Texas Rangers this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. Phil Hughes (2-2, 7.06) faces left-hander Matt Harrison (4-3, 4.71). The Rangers have the best record in the AL and the second best in all of baseball.

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