UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: And we go the fifth on a misty, windy night at the Stadium. It’s 1-0 Phillies on Utley’s third-inning homer. Sabathia starts this inning having thrown 71 pitches.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Just what Sabathia needed there. Ten pitch inning and he’s right back in the dugout. Can the Yankees lay off Lee’s breaking ball? For a wet night, Lee has been spinning it well.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: That’s a double play. The second base umpire, Brian Gorman, signaled that Rollins caught the ball right away and Matsui was off the bag and then got tagged by Howard. Matsui needed to see that and go back to first. The umpires got it right, much to the chagrin of the Yankees fans who are booing.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: By the way, hate on Rollins all you want – and he’s certainly done his share to deserve it from Yankees (and Mets) fans – but that was a good play all. It’s no different than a feint by an infielder (or outfielder) to try and trick a baserunner into stopping on a ball in the gap. The umpire pointed right at him and indicated it was a catch, so Matsui – and the first base coach – should have known better and just gotten back on the bag.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Chad here. I think I said it today during the chat. I spent seven years covering baseball in Scranton and never saw a better hitter than Chase Utley. That was an awful pitch by Sabathia, and you can’t do that against that kind of hitter.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Sabathia isn’t pitching bad by any means – he’s battling and has struck out five – but the Yankees offense has done nothing with Lee. The worst part for them is that they haven’t even worked his pitch count – he’s at 69 pitches and that means the Phillies weak bullpen is still a long way off.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Crowd of 50,257 on hand at misty Yankee Stadium tonight. It’s the largest crowd here all season.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Is Cliff Lee hard-core? His catch on Damon’s pop-up was about the most nonchalant thing I’ve ever seen in a World Series game.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: That’s seven innings, two runs from CC in a World Series game. So far, this one is on the offense.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Here comes Hughes out of the pen.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: And there goes Hughes off to the dugout, to a small smattering of boos from the crowd. First and second, none out for Damaso Marte. Robertson is warming in the pen behind him.
UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Big hook from Marte there to get through one of the lefties in Utley. Now it’s Howard.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Give credit where it’s due: Great job by Marte. Getting two outs from those two hitters anytime is a challenge. Robertson coming on now to try and finish the inning.
UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: No such luck for Robertson. Ibanez goes to right field and it’s 4-0. Everyone talked about how the middle relievers on both teams were suspect and would be key in this series; the way things are going with the Yankees hitters tonight, they may not see any Philly relievers at all.
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: Not a good night for the Yankees bullpen. Hughes was rough, Robertson was rough, Bruney – who is now being replaced after giving up a run – never had it at all. Other than Marte, the relievers have been brutal. CC gave up two runs in seven innings; the pen has given up three in 1 1/3. Not good.