The Phillies capped a 10 game road trip with a series win at Yankee Stadium. They went 8-2, starting the trip with a 4-game sweep of Washington. They won Friday night 7-3, lost 5-4 on Saturday, and won 4-3 on Sunday.
Friday’s game featured a slug fest as the Phillies used 4 home runs to out muscle the AJ Burnett and the Yankees’ high powered offense. The Yankees posted 3 solo shots of their own but weren’t nearly enough to beat Philadelphia. Brett Myers got the start, going 8 innings and giving up 3 runs with 5 strike outs. He pitched well but is still giving up too many homers.
The offense Jimmy Rollins’ 2-hit day including his first pitch lead off homer. Raul “the Animal” Ibanez added another homer to his ridiculous season. Carlos Ruiz also hit his first homer of the season.
On Saturday, the Yankees magic struck again as they earned their league leading 17th come-from-behind win. Up 4-2 in the bottom of the 9th, Brad Lidge surrendered a walk to Johnny Damon and watched Alex Rodriguez go yard as the Yankees tied it up. A couple batters later and Melky Cabrera is driving in Robinson Cano for the win.
A couple of positive notes included John Mayberry Jr’s first career hit being a 3-run homer, Ibanez tacking on another homer, and JA Happ doing great in his debut.
On Sunday, Lidge struck again as he gave up a no outs RBI single to allow the Yankees to tie it up at 3. The Phillies would get a 2-out RBI double from Ruiz to go ahead and win.
Series MVP: Ruiz (6-8 with 3 RBI’s, a homer, and a game winning double)
Next series vs. Florida:
Monday: Volstad (3-3, 3.64), Moyer (3-4, 7.62)
Tuesday: Miller, A (1-1, 4.94), Blanton (2-3, 7.11)