Yankees Chased over Cliff in Game 1 of World Series

It was the the Cliff Lee and Chase Utley Show last night.  They certainly quieted the pundits who were so giddy over the Yankees chances in the World Series.  That includes ex-Cub Mark Grace who was predicting the Yanks would take the Series in 6 games. 

While the Yankees came in the Series with all the momentum, it is the Philadelphia Phillies who now gain the upper hand.  Former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee was masterful beyond compare.  Allowing no walks, he kept the Yanks scoreless until the ninth inning when Jeter scored on a measly groundout. 

Chase Utley was the total offense for most of the game (up until the eight inning).  Thanks to his two solo dingers.  Philly had a 2-0 lead which is all they really needed with Lee on the hill.

Props goes to C.C. Sabathia.  Despite the ‘L’, he pitched a fair game, allowing just 2 runs in seven frames, good enough for a win in most any other game. 

Two observations:  Ryan Howard’s line looks pretty good (2 for 5, 2 doubles, rbi) but I thought he looked pretty miserable at the plate for his two strikeouts.  Also, the Yanks were obvious pretty anemic with the bat last night but one exception was Derek Jeter.  He was 3 for 4 and scored their only run. 

 

Tonight, Pedro Martinez for the Phils and A.J. Burnett for the Yanks. 

I checked out PJ’s stats and they’re quite interesting.  Not the most durable fellow but it’s amazing how times he’s led the league in certain categories. 

Obviously, ERA, five times.  Hits per 9 IP, five times, Win/Loss Pct, four times, Strikeouts per 9 IP, four times. walks and hits per 9 IP, six times, and shutouts, 3 times. 

Innings pitched, Games Started, and Complete Games… eh, not so much.

Go Phillies.

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