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Live blog: Yankees vs. Phillies, Game 2

FINAL: Phillies defeat the Yankees, 6-3, on strength of Moyer's eight innings of three-hit work.

WP: Jamie Moyer, (7-6)

LP: A.J. Burnett, (6-5)

Bottom 9th: Full count on Jeter to start the inning, and the Yankee captain went down looking on a close call on the upper right corner for the first out of the inning. Swisher then went down swinging. Lidge then walked Teixera to get to the DH A-Rod. After Teixera took second on defensive indifference, Rodriguez doubled off of the left field wall to drive in Teixera and draw within three runs. The recently injured Rodriguez gingerly legged out a double to second. With A-Rod at second, Cano singled into left field, but Rodriguez stopped at third -- perhaps because of the hip flexor. With runners at the corners -- and as the game-tying run at the plate with the forecasted rain just beginning to come down -- Jorge Posada struck out to end the game.

Top 9th: 6 and 2/3 inning's of hitless ball for the Yankees since Burnett left the game. Chad Gaudin and Boone Logan were flawless for the Yankees. But combined both got only one run of support in that time. Now the Yankees will have to do it against Brad Lidge who has entered the game to close it out for the Phillies. Top of the order for the Yanks. It'll be interesting, shades of last October and November. Phillies 6, Yankees 2

Bottom 8th: 107 pitches later, and Jamie Moyer has bridged the Phillies into the ninth with a four run lead. Russo reached base on an infield hit to third that he easily beat out. But Brett Gardner popped out to centerfield to end the inning for the Yanks. Through eight innings they have attained just three hits against Moyer. Both teams will enter the ninth with the top of the lineup going for each. Phillies 6, Yankees 2

Top 8th: Phillies couldnt connect against Gaudin, as the Yankees have relinquished just one baserunner (to Chase Utley on an intentional walk) and no hits since Burnett left the game. Moyer has returned to the mound for the Phillies for the last half of the eighth. Phillies 6, Yankees 2

Bottom 7th: Time is running out for the Yankees, as Robinson Cano grounded out in a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Time might have run out onfather-time in the 47 year-old Moyer as well, as lefty J.C. Romero and righty Chad Durbin were warming for the Phillies. Also of note: A-Rod appeared to not challenge that right hip flexor in the least bit after reaching base on a walk. He ran lightly to second on a double-play groundout by Cano. Rodriguez broke away from the base-path just halfway to second. Phillies 6, Yankees 2

Top 7th: So much for Boone Logan's 2 2/3 inning's of hitless ball -- which included 3 K's. Chad Gaudin started the 7th for the Yanks. He picked right where Logan left off, blanking Howard, Werth and Ibanez. And still, not a soul up in the Phillies bullpen. The 47 year-old Moyer should be out to pitch the bottom of the 7th. Phillies 6, Yankees 2

Bottom sixth: Catch of the night goes to Jayson Werth. Made a lazer from Derek Jeter that was tailing away from him (fast) look easy to catch as he slid to put out Jeter. Moyer is still going strong -- and the Phillies have yet to have anyone warmup in the visitng bullpen. No Yankee reached base in the inning as Moyer still through six innings is below Burnett's pitch count through 3 1/3:

Burnett (3 1/3 innings): 87 pitches

Moyer: (6 innings): 85 pitches... Phillies 6, Yankees 2

Top sixth: Through 33 pitches Boone Logan has looked anything but a pitcher who was called up from Triple-A just one day ago. Not one Phillie -- including Utley who just struck out looking to end the inning -- has been able to get to him. Chad Gaudin is warming in the bullpen, but it looks like he won't be making an appearance for at least some time. Phillies 6, Yankees 2

Bottom fifth: If Logan can keep pitching the way he has through six batters, the Yankees may be able to claw back into this game. They drew one run closer thanks to a Jorge Posada solo shot. The home run was Posada's ninth of the year and came on a 3-2 pitch. But it was more of the same from Moyer, as he bounced back to get the next two outs on three pitches. Phillies 6, Yankees 2

Top fifth: Exact opposite from Logan when compared to Burnett tonight through his five outs of work. Five up, five down aside from the intentional walk to Werth in the 4th. He even sprinted to cover first for the first out of this inning. Logan flawless thus far. Phillies 6, Yankees 1

Bottom 4th: Smooth sailing for Moyer. Three straight outs to get out of the inning, ending with another deep flyout for A-Rod... The same defnitiely A.J. Burnett's night. Here are the eye-opening stats. The most surprising though is that Burnett threw just eight strikes in 87 pitches: 

Innings pitched: 3 1/3

Hits: 6

Runs: 6 (all earned)

Walks: 4

Etc: 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batter, 2 home runs given up... Phillies 6, Yankees 1

Top 4th: And the Phillies keep running on Burnett and Posada. Maybe they took the first pitch from Belmont winning trainer Bill Mott as a little inspiration. A.J. Burnett on the other hand definitely did not. Burnett was removed from the game in favor of Boone Logan with 1 out and Ryan Howard at bat. Burnett was pulled after he looked about as far from Drosselmeyer to Yankee fans as possible, as he failed to cover first base in time on a ground ball that was scooped up on the first base line by Mark Teixera. Teixera looked to throw to Burnett, but Utley beat him to first. The lack of effort elicited chorus boos from fans as Utley was credited with a single. Logan, however, got the Yankees out of the inning unharmed. He looked real good, striking out Howard looking, as Utley stole second to give the Phillies runners on second and third. He then intentionally walked Werth to load the bases with two outs. Logan again got ahead 0-2 and forced Ibanez to ground out to Cano to end the inning. Phillies 6, Yankees 1

Bottom 3rd: Jamie Moyer did his best Johan Backlund impression to get the first out of the inning, knocking down a Kevin Russo shot which was hit right back at Moyer. Russo was just beat by the throw to the bag for the first out of the inning. Moyer was down for a few seconds, but appears unharmed. The cagey-vet got Jeter to groundout to end the inning. Phillies 6, Yankees 1

Top 3rd: The Phillies are just all over Burnett tonight. The Phils two biggest guys -- Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth -- provided the biggest back to back-to-back at bats for the team all year, as they both went yard against Burnett. Howard and Werth's home runs were the first back-to-back shots for the defending national league champs all year. Through three innings Burnett is still in the game, but left hander Boone Logan is warming for the Yanks. He is already at 74 pitches through three innings. Phillies 6, Yankees 1

Bottom 2nd: The Yanks got one back on a solo-shot to deep right center field for Robinson Cano. Also of note, A-Rod had a routine fly-out to center in his first at bat since missing five games with tendinitis in his right hip flexor (which for those who were wondering, is practically your groin) Through two, both teams are on the board Phillies 4, Yankees 1

Top 2nd: Shane Victorino got the hit of the series thus far for the Phils on a one out bases-clearing triple driving in three runs. The Phillies finished the inning with four runs off of a RBI single for Greg Dobbs driving in Raul Ibanez. Ibanez stole second barely beating a Jorge Posada throw. The Phillies also ran the bases freely against Burnett in the inning, evidenced by both Dobbs and Ibanez attempting to steal second. Here is a note for you: coming into the game between the two of them both Ibanez and Dobbs had a combined 1 stolen base on the year. Stampede on the basepaths for the Phils gives them a big lead early in this one...Phillies 4, Yankees 0

Bottom 1st: Shane Victorino had to get on his horse to track down a deep shot from Nick Swisher. But the Yankees right  fielder hit it to one of the deepest parts of the park -- right-center -- and Victorino made the catch. Three up, three down as Moyer strikes out Teixera looking. Phillies 0, Yankees 0

Top 1st: Burnett continually got ahead of hitters. But one wild pitch to Utley, and then one to Howard enabled Utley to go to 1st on a HBP, then to second. All trouble was averted though thanks to Howard's groundout to Cano in shallow right field. Phillies 0, Yankees 0

Game will be starting any minute, but here are some observations from the Stadium as A.J. Burnett warms up on the mound:

-Crowd is starting to fill in, probably about two thirds full now.

-Belmont Stakes winning trainer Bill Mott of Drosselmeyer threw out the first pitch.

-First pitch at 7:08. Temperature is 72 degrees. Oh yeah, and forget some of those pregame forecasts there isn't an intimidating cloud in the sky.

 

Hey everyone, just checking in to kick start tonight's live blog here from Yankee Stadium in game two of this World Series rematch. Game should be getting started in less than ten minutes, but until then here are the vitals:

Starting for the Yankees (41-23, 1st place AL East): A.J. Burnett (6-4, 3.86 ERA)

Starting for the Phillies (32-30, 3rd place NL East), : Jamie Moyer (6-6, 5.03 ERA)

Yankees lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Kevin Russo 3B
Brett Gardner LF

AJ Burnett P

Phillies lineup: 

Victorino CF

Polanco3B

Utley 2B

Howard 1B

Werth RF

Ibanez LF

Dobbs DH

Schneider C

Valdez SS

Moyer P

 

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