With the well-documented funk the Phillies are in, there was a decent amount of excitement coming into this first game of a three game series versus the New York Yankees up in new Yankee Stadium. The popular thought was that if the Phils could play well against a team like the Yanks, it would break them out of their month-long lull. With Halladay throwing tonight for the Phils against C.C. Sabathia, who’s number the Phillies have had 2 out of his previous 3 outings during the past two postseasons, it wasn’t that far fetched. Well, an 8-3 drubbing at the hands of Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and company pounded the brakes on those hopes.
Roy Halladay lasted just six innings after giving up 6 runs off of eight hits and two walks. Four of those runs came off of three homeruns (2 solo from Granderson and Teixeira, and a two-run shot from Swisher). It was the 9th time in Roy Halladay’s career he’s given up three homeruns in a game, twice of which came last year versus the Yankees while he was with the Toronto Bluejays.
The Phillies looked as if they were going to make it a game in the top of the 4th after loading the bases with no outs. Two straight singles by Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez and a ground out by Ben Francisco cut the Yankees lead to 5-3. However, Juan Castro and Carlos Ruiz grounded out consecutively to end the inning and the threat.
The Phillies were able to load the bases again in the top of the 5th with 2 outs, but Ibanez grounded out to Robinson Cano for the third out to end the inning.
It was a discouraging start to what could have been a rejuvenating series for the Phightins’. Now, the team will have to rely on Kyle Kendrick and Jamie Moyer to keep the Yankees hitters in the ballpark. At the same time, the Phillies batters will have to deal with AJ Burnett tomorrow and Andy Pettitte on Thursday. Burnett goes into tomorrow’s game with a 6-4 record and a 3.86 ERA. Pettitte has been even more impressive at 8-1 with a 2.46 ERA.
Not exactly slump busters.