Without showing an ounce of stress due to the high profile situation, Cliff Lee put on a pitching clinic against the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series.
Going the distance, Lee threw a complete game while allowing just 6 hits, 3 of which went to Derek Jeter. It wa san amazing performance as he kept New York’s power hitters at bay while striking them each out numerour times. For the night, Lee struck out 10 total batters with the Yankee power-trio of Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Posada striking out 7 times.
Not to be outdone was Chase Utley who extended his post-season hit streak to 26 consecutive games. Utley provided all of the fire-power that the Phillies would need as he connected for 2 solo home runs early in the game.
The Phillies never looked back, and now they have a 1-0 lead in this best of 7 games series.
Tonight we get to see what AJ Burnett and Pedro Martinez can do. This will be the highest profile game of Burnett’s career so far; it will be interesting to see how he defends the Yankees’ home filed advantage. Meanwhile, Pedro has been in similar circumstances before and he usually shined brightly.
Plain and simple, the Yankees must pull out all stops and win tonight if they want a chance to get back into this. And if the Phillies win tonight, this could be their last road trip of the year!!
I’m ready for Game #2!!!