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Live blog: Series finale, Yankees vs. Phillies

May 18: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6 Record:

May 18: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6


Record: 25-14
Recap: It was a cold, wet and overall unpleasant evening in the Bronx and for the second straight night the Yankees were unable to maintain a late five-run lead. Joba Chamberlain gave up four runs in the eighth and Mariano Rivera gave up two in the ninth. The Yankees managed to rally for one run against Jonathan Papelbon, but could not get the tying run home from third with one out.
Key stat: Juan Miranda hit his first home run of the season for the Yankees Credit: David Pokress

FINAL: Phillies (34-30) defeat Yankees (41-25)  7-1. Take three game series 2-1.

Bottom ninth: And J.C. Romero finishes it off in easy fashion for the Phils, getting Nick Swisher to pop out to end the game. Kendrick gets the win (4-2). Pettitte gets the loss (8-2).

Top ninth: This one is dead and gone for the Yankees. In the top of the ninth, the man responsible for the three-run haymaker the Phillies threw, was one -- Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain was absolutely awful in zero innings pitched for the Yankees. Chamberlain would end the inning with three runs charged to him as the Philadelphia lead ballooned to five runs. Damaso Marte and Chan Ho Park came on in relief for the Yankees, only to give up another run on a Raul Ibanez double down the line. Contreras is back out for the Phils'... Phillies 7, Yankees 1

Bottom eighth: Where was that defense, Jose Contreras, when you were a Yankee? That’s what the majority of the stadium thought with a collective gasp as Contreras made a spectacular behind the back one-hop grab on a Curtis Granderson ground-ball to the mound for the first out of the inning. And on 16 pitches, Contreras – who no matter how old you think is, is as fine a physical specimen as almost any pitcher in the major leagues – put out the top three batters in the Yankee order. The hobbled DH A-Rod will start the final inning for the Bombers. Joba Chamberlain is coming on to pitch the top of the ninth… Phillies 3, Yankees 1

Bottom seventh: Defense on the corners saved the Phillies in the bottom half of the eighth. Gardner hit a hot liner than Ryan Howard snagged for out No. 1. Then – after a Fransisco Cervelli drive just eeked left of the left field foul pole, Cervelli grounded out to Polanco on the third base line. Pena didn’t improve his porous night as he grounded out to Utley to end the inning. The Yankees will go into the home-stretch of the last game of the series with the top of their order batting in the eighth. As opposed to the ninth last night. Pettitte is out of the game for the eighth as David Robertson has entered the game. Phillies 3, Yankees 1

 

Top seventh: At the end of the inning, still no one up in the Phillies pen, Kendrick appears to be the guy for now… Andy Pettitte got himself into trouble as he faced Chase Utley with runners at the corners and one out. As righty David Robertson warmed in the bullpen, Pettitte – with a 3-1 count and nearing 100 pitches -- took his time in the biggest at bat of the game thus far. With a 3-2 count, and after meeting with Cervelli on the mound, Pettitte walked Utley, perhaps intentionally. Facing the hero of the night for the Phillies in Polanco, Pettitte meet with Cervelli again with the count at 1-1. After a slider for strike two, Pettitte threw his 103rd pitch of the night in the dirt. With pitch 104 came a grounder straight to Teixera who threw to Cervelli to get the lead out at home. At the 105 pitch mark, Pettitte stayed in the game down 3-1 with the bases loaded to face Howard. Pitch 108 elicited a swing… and a miss from Howard, along with eliciting a fist pump from Cervelli and the loudest roar of the night from the Yankee Stadium crowd. Phillies 3, Yankees 1

Top Sixth: After his put-out to end the prior frame, Placido Polanco pokes a single just shallow of Nick Swisher to advance to first to start the inning. On his 71st pitch Pettitte struck out Howard on a breaking ball away. After getting ahead of Jayson Werth 1-2, Werth singled on a 3-2 pitch. Pettitte then struck out Ibanez after consulting with Cervelli. Four pitches later, and Pettitte keeps the Yanks in the game striking out Fransisco looking. Phillies 3, Yankees 0

Bottom fifth: Kendrick keeps coasting. After a Cervelli single challenged the Phillie starter with two outs, Ramiro Pena didn’t improve his standing with Yankee fans on the night as he popped out to Polanco in foul territory to end the inning. Phillies 3, Yankees 0

Top fifth: And on one pitch Pettitte amasses two earned runs… and the Phillies increase their lead to 3-0. A Shane Victorino homer to right field gives the Phillies a 3-0 lead. Oh, and by the way... there are plenty of Phillie fans here, as the crowd erupted into one of its biggest ovations of the night following the homer. Phillies 3, Yankees 0

Bottom 4th: Kendrick keeps chugging along. Yankees just can't get to him. Not much to say here. Phillies 1, Yankees 0

Top 4th: Shane Victorino singled to start the inning for the Phillies as the first Phillie to reach base against Pettitte. Ramiro Pena then had his hand in two consecutive plays. On the first, Pena looked like a mature veteran, calling off Fransisco Cervelli and Andy Pettitte to make a catch on an  infield fly. The second, well... should remind Yankee fans of a little English goalkeeping. Pena let a routine grounder slip under his glove as Victorino advanced to second. With runners on first and second, Ryan Howard did his best Clint Dempsey impression as the first baseman singled through the left side to drive in the sppedy Victorino. Swisher didn't attempt to throw him out at home. Pettitte retired the next two Phillie hitters to end the inning below 50 pitches thrown and without any earned runs. Phillies 1, Yankees 0

Bottom 3rd: On a 1-2 count, Kendrick gets Pena to chase a fastball high for the first out of the inning. One pitch later, Jeter hits a shot to right center -- a shot Victorino and Werth almost collided on -- but Werth called off Victorino for the second out of the inning. Granderson grounded out for the third out of the inning. That half-inning might have been faster than Pettitte's last. Kendrick has thrown 39 pitches through 3. It's a sprint thus far. Phillies 0, Yankees 0

Top 3rd: More quick work from Pettitte as he retires the Phillies side in four minutes. Fransisco, Ruiz and Valdez all made contact, but Pettitte is getting them to commit on pitches as he is routinely getting ahead of hitters. Still hitless ball from the veteran. Phillies 0, Yankees 0

Bottom 2nd: Singles from Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher went to waste for the Yankees as Brett Gardner popped out and Fransisco Cervelli grounded out to short to strand Cano and Swisher. The trend of quick games continues at the Stadium for this series, as 25 quick minutes have shot by over the course of two full innings.... Note: Patrick Ewing is in attendance at today's game, and on a baby picture guessing game on the Videoboard, the Yankees had Ewing as one of the options for a baby photo that was ultimately C.C. Sabathia. Phillies 0, Yankees 0

Top 2nd: After two, Andy Pettitte is having his way with the same lineup that gave A.J. Burnett fits last night. Pettitte picked up another strikeout to move ahead of Guidry for sole posession of the No. 2 spot on the all time Yankee strikeout list. He is only behind Whitey Ford... but its an extreme longshot that Andy will catch Whitey, who amassed 1.956 in his career. Phillies 0, Yankees 0

Bottom1st: Kendrick sttrikes out both Jeter and Granderson and gets Mark Teixera to fly out deep to keep the game knotted after one  Phillies 0, Yankees 0

Top 1st: And with his strikeout of Chase Utley Andy Pettitte ties Ron Guidry for second place on the Yankees all-time strikeout list with 1,178. Pettitte puts out the first three Phillie batters for a perfect first. Phillies 0, Yankees 0

 

Alright, the game is set to start in about five minutes. Cloudy skies, but it appears that nothing serious will harm the game tonight. As Andy Pettitte trouts out to the mound for tonights game, here are the vitals:

Philadelphia Phillies (33-30) vs. New York Yankees (41-24)

Series tied 1-1

Pitching for the Phillies: Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.80 ERA)

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte (8-1, 2.46)

Phillies lineup:

Victorino CF

Utley 2B

Polanco 3B

Werth RF

Ibanez LF

Fransisco DH

Ruiz C

Valdez SS

Kendrick P

 

Yankees lineup

Jeter SS

Granderson CF

Teixera 1B

Rodriguez DH

Cano 2B

Swisher RF

Gardner LF

Cervelli C

Pena 3B

Pettite P

 

Bottom seventh: Defense on the corners saved the Phillies in the bottom half of the eighth. Gardner hit a hot liner than Ryan Howard snagged for out No. 1. Then – after a Fransisco Cervelli drive just eeked left of the left field foul pole, Cervelli grounded out to Polanco on the third base line. Pena didn’t improve his porous night as he grounded out to Utley to end the inning. The Yankees will go into the home-stretch of the last game of the series with the top of their order batting in the eighth. As opposed to the ninth last night. Pettitte is out of the game for the eighth as David Robertson has entered the game. Phillies 3, Yankees 1

 

 

 

 

Top eighth: Pettitte end his night with the following line:

Innings pitched: 7

Hits: 6

Runs 3 (2 earned, 1 home run)

K’s: 7

Walks: 3 (1 intentional)

Pitches: 108 (68 for strikes)

Robertson picks right where he left off as the righty puts out three straight Phils. Here comes the top of the lineup for the Yankees – to face their old teammate in Phillies reliever Jose Contreras. Phillies 3, Yankees 1

 

 

 

Bottom eighth: Where was that defense Jose Contreras when you were a Yankee? That’s what the majority of the stadium thought with a collective gasp as Contreras made a spectacular behind the back one-hop grab on a Curtis Granderson ground-ball to the mound for the first out of the inning. And on 16 pitches, Contreras – who no matter how old you think is, is as fine a physical specimen as almost any pitcher in the major leagues – put out the top three batters in the Yankee order. The hobbled DH A-Rod will start the final inning for the Bombers. Joba Chamberlain is coming on to pitch the top of the ninth… Phillies 3, Yankees 1

 

 

Top eighth: Pettitte end his night with the following line:

Innings pitched: 7

Hits: 6

Runs 3 (2 earned, 1 home run)

K’s: 7

Walks: 3 (1 intentional)

Pitches: 108 (68 for strikes)

Robertson picks right where he left off as the righty puts out three straight Phils. Here comes the top of the lineup for the Yankees – to face their old teammate in Phillies reliever Jose Contreras. Phillies 3, Yankees 1

Bottom seventh: Defense on the corners saved the Phillies in the bottom half of the eighth. Gardner hit a hot liner than Ryan Howard snagged for out No. 1. Then – after a Fransisco Cervelli drive just eeked left of the left field foul pole, Cervelli grounded out to Polanco on the third base line. Pena didn’t improve his porous night as he grounded out to Utley to end the inning. The Yankees will go into the home-stretch of the last game of the series with the top of their order batting in the eighth. As opposed to the ninth last night. Pettitte is out of the game for the eighth as David Robertson has entered the game. Phillies 3, Yankees 1

 

 

 

Top eighth: Pettitte end his night with the following line:

Innings pitched: 7

Hits: 6

Runs 3 (2 earned, 1 home run)

K’s: 7

Walks: 3 (1 intentional)

Pitches: 108 (68 for strikes)

Robertson picks right where he left off as the righty puts out three straight Phils. Here comes the top of the lineup for the Yankees – to face their old teammate in Phillies reliever Jose Contreras.

 

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