College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Even thought the ‘Hunt for October” has turned into dealing with ‘November Rain’ the World Series has had something for everyone to enjoy and last night was no exception. There was great pitching, like New York starter CC Sabathia working out of a bases loaded no-out situation or Philadelphia reliever Ryan Madson performance in the eighth. In one inning of work, Madson gave up a walk and a hit, but proceeded to strike out two to get out of a sticky situation. There was clutch hitting. For Philly Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz provided the pop. Down 4-2 Utley hit his third home run of the series (all three off Sabathia) to get the Phillies within one and Felix tagged one of Joba Chamberlain to tie the game going into the ninth. There was drama. Brad Lidge took the mound int he ninth to shut things down and give the Phillies the chance to win in the bottom half of the inning. Wiht two outs he gave up a single to Johnny Damon. On a wild pitch Damon (clutch base running) took second and with no on covering third he beat Felix in a foot race to swipe third. Philadelphia had the shift on for Mark Teixeira and Felix was playing in the shortstop spot. Teixeira got plunked and then Alex Rodriguez drove in the Damon to seal the win for the Yanks. So New York is up 3-1 with game five going tonight in Philadelphia.
So Philly is in a win or it’s done situation and luckily for them they have the ace of their staff on the mound. Cliff Lee has been near perfect over the post-season. He’s won all three of his starts, has struck out 30 and has a teeny-weeny 0.54 ERA. Yankees counter with AJ Burnett. Burnett was pretty good in game two of the series. In seven innings of work he struck out nine and only gave up one earned run.