Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cliff Lee rains on Yankee parade

The day started off pretty well for the Yanks with a mid-day pep rally in Times Square. Despite the rain, I was sorry I missed it cause it looked like people were having fun. Plus, Reggie Jackson, Jeff Nelson and Mick "the Quick" Rivers all showed up to wish the current Yankees well.
But once Game 1 of the World Series started, things quickly went downhill for the Yanks. Cliff Lee cruised during a dominant, complete game performance. Derek Jeter had a typical Jeter playoff game with three hits, but the rest of the line-up got nothing off the lefty.

Though it wasn't as easy for him this time around, CC Sabathia pitched well, allowing only the two home runs to Chase Utley in 7 innings. But the Yankee bats were just no match for Lee.
And then the Yankee bullpen imploded. The continued struggles of Phil Hughes are the most discouraging part of what was a bad overall performance by the pen. He came into the game in the 8th inning to keep it close and promptly walked the first two batters, who eventually scored. Damaso Marte relieved him to get two outs, but Dave Robertson, who had been pitching well in the playoffs, came in and gave up a hit and a run. Brian Bruney and Phil Coke combined to give up a couple of runs in the 9th inning.

A disappointing loss, for sure, but the Yanks have a good shot to rebound in Game 2 tomorrow night. They just have to avoid their bullpen, no small feat with AJ Burnett on the mound.
Thanks to artolog via Wikipedia for the photo.

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