All good things must come to an end. And what an end. As I predicted, the first game was all about the long ball. With the top two teams in homers in the MLB, in the launching pad known as the new Yankee stadium.
Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies set the tone for the game, smacking AJ Burnett’s first pitch of the evening over the right-field scoreboard. Carlos Ruiz kept it going in the third with a two-run shot. Jayson Werth became the first player to hit a home run into the upper deck of the new stadium in the fifth. All of a sudden, its 5-0 Phillies and they never looked back, winning 7-3.
The Yankees offense was stifled for most of the game. Despite 8 hits, the Bombers could only managed three runs, all home runs – Alex Rodriguez in the sixth, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira in the eighth.
Burnett threw 95 pitches through six innings and took the loss. He generated seven K’s in his outing, but when it counted, he couldn’t keep the Philly lineup from hitting he long ball.
As expected, Chien-Ming Wang made his first appearance since going on the DL to overcome confidence and an “injury” that led him to an 0-3 start with a 34.50 ERA. The Wanger pitched 3 innings and faced 15 batters Friday night, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 2. He lowered his ERA to 25.00.
Rodriguez and Teixeira both went 2-4 tonight, with a homer and a strikeout apiece. Its amazing what this combination has provided for the Yankee offense over the last 10 games.
Brett Meyers was decent for the Phillies tonight and improved his record to 4-2. Despite allowing three homers, Meyers preserved the win and struck out 5. The Phillies looked like the defending world champs tonight.
On a positive note, the Mets disposed of the Red Sox 5-3 in Boston, and the Atlanta Braves shut out Toronto 1-0, so the Yankees still sit 1.5 games back from Toronto for the division lead.
The Yankees can bounce back tomorrow, a 4:10 start which will be broadcast on FOX.