In Another Heart Pounder, The Phillies Take a Hard Fought Loss against the Yankees in Game 4...
Nov 2, 2009
Last night was a hard one to watch. During the beginning of the postseason, the only subject the sports nation could talk about was the lack of Phillies pitching and that sooner or later, it would catch up with them. Last night, it did. Going backwards, the Phillies, who played a very tight game all night, came back and tied it in the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot from Pedro Feliz. Then came Brad Lidge. While Lidge had what can only be called a terrible regular season, he has been dominant during the postseason with three saves and a win under his belt. However, the nightmare came back and with two outs, the Yankees made a ninth inning game winning rally.
Lidge was looking good with a pop up and strikeout to Derek Jeter, and it was looking as if the Phillies would take the game into the bottom of the ninth with the game all knotted up. Then Johnny Damon became the Phillies worst nightmare with a single. While pitching to Mark Teixeira, Damon stole second and with a defensive shift on for Tex, there was no one covering third giving Damon the double steal gift wrapped. After Lidge hit Teixeira with a pitch, A-Rod, who has been the man of the hour all Series long for the Bronx Bombers, doubled to left giving the Yankees the lead. A-Rod would later say, "There's no question -- I've never had a bigger hit." Jorge Posada would later come to the plate, scoring Tex and Rodriguez to seal the deal against the Phillies, giving them a 3-1 series lead with only one more win needed to clinch.
The Yankees got off to a hot start in the top of the first with Mark Teixeira scoring Jeter and Posada scoring Damon, giving them a quick 2-0 lead against Phillies starter Joe Blanton. However in the bottom of the first with CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yanks yet again, the game didn't remain scoreless for long as Chase Utley, who has had Sabathia's number all series long, doubled in a run to make it a 2-1 game. Then in the bottom of the fourth, Pedro Feliz came through for the Phils with a single, driving in Ryan Howard to tie the game up. Of course the Yankees got upset with this and followed that up with two more runs to make it a 4-2 ball game. Chase Utley wasn't done beating up CC Sabathia though. In the bottom of the seventh, Utley hit a solo shot off the big man, his third against Sabathia in the World Series to cut the deficit to one. Then came Pedro Feliz's homer in the bottom of the eighth to tie it up, but it all went downhill from there.
Tonight the Phillies will be playing in a must win game. If they can't pull through, the Yankees will be the new World Champions of baseball. The Phils will send ace Cliff Lee to the mound on full rest, who shut the Yankees down in game one, pitching a complete game. He'll go up against AJ Burnett who pitched against Pedro Martinez in game two. While the Phillies have a good chance of winning this one, they're going to have to play their asses off to make a comeback and bring the series back to New York. They don't call em' the Fightin Phils for nothing. Coverage of Game 5 begins at 7:30 Eastern and first pitch at 7:57 on FOX. Bring the rain Phillies, bring the rain!