Friday, October 30, 2009

World Series Game 1: Cliff Lee Conquers The Empire

Philadelphia Phillies 6 - New York Yankees 1, Game 1
Phillies lead series, 1-0

Cliff Lee's House

Cliff Lee (1-0) - 9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Cliff Lee pitched a masterpiece in Game 1. In the process, he became the first pitcher in World Series history to pitch a complete game with 10 strikeouts, 0 walks and 0 earned runs. In fact, only once before has a pitcher had 10 K and 0 BB in a World Series game, and get this-- it happened in the very first World Series game (1903 - Deacon Phillippe of the Pittsburgh Pirates). However, Phillippe allowed 2 ER in that 1903 game-- and the man he outdueled-- Cy Young.

Chase Utley provided Lee with all the runs he needed by belting 2 solo home runs off of C.C. Sabathia (0-1).

This was a huge win for the Phillies as they take home field advantage away from the Yankees.

The Usual Suspects

The Yankees bullpen surrenders 4 runs in the 8th and 9th innings. Joe Girardi's bridge to Mariano Rivera may be a nightmare in the making. The talk of the playoffs was all about the Phillies erratic pen, but it's the Yankees that may have a cause for concern.

Photos courtesy of the AP

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