As if it were scripted by Hollywood, the biggest star in baseball who has been bashed for his inability to take over in important games, Alex Rodriguez, got the biggest hit of his life securing a victory in Game 4.
With heroic pitching taking a backseat for the second straight night, it was offense that took center stage for Game 4. Each starting pitcher got hit hard early but managed to settle in as the game went on. While neither was on their ‘A-Game’, both Sabathia and Blanton settled down after allowing early inning runs. The bullpens did their part until Joba Chamberlain gave up the Yankees led by allowing the Phillies to tie up the game at 4-4.
And then it was his turn… In the top of the ninth of a tied game, Alex Rodriguez was at the plate for the most meaningful at-bat of his career. And he delivered an RBI double that allowed Johnny Damon to score the tie-breaking run. Phillies closer Brad Lidge gave up 2 more runs to the Yankees and the team trailed by three runs heading into the bottom of the ninth as Mariano Rivera waited.
And the rest is history – 3 up and 3 down as the Yankees take a 3-1 series lead and have full control as they look to win the 2009 World Series.
Game 5 will feature Cliff Lee and AJ Burnett. Both looked awesome in their previous starts, and I’m pretty certain they’ll do fine again. If the Phillies have a chance to win tonight, they better not give the ball to Brad Lidge!!!