UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: It’s 1-0 Phillies as we go to the third inning. Pedro has thrown 43 pitches and Burnett is at 37.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Suddenly it’s a bit hairy for Burnett – first and second, facing Howard and he’s up at 56 pitches already.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Another power curve from Burnett to get Howard swinging and it’s still 1-0 Phillies. Nice tidbit by Josh over on Twitter – on the AB to Victorino, A.J. had 13 throws: Seven pitches and six pickoff attempts. Remember that John Flaherty said he expects the Phillies to do anything they can on the bases to distract Burnett.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Clearly afraid of Jose Molina, Pedro walks him to get to Derek Jeter.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Apparently Pedro is no fool. Fastball right down the middle and Jeter can’t pull the trigger. Then Damon flies to right.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Great play by Molina to catch Werth, who made pretty much the most awkward looking attempt to get back to first I’ve ever seen. Apparently he doesn’t like sliding much. Then Burnett strikes out Ibanez with some heat.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: That was Teixeira’s first World Series home run, his second home run of the postseason and it came on a 1-0 change-up that ended up rolling around the Yankees bullpen. 1-1.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Tough call on strike three to Hairston, but on a close pitch it’s sort of tough to imagine any ump giving Hairston the benefit of the doubt. It’s not right, but it’s the way it is. Anyway, Pedro is at 75 pitches through four. Burnett is at 73.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: That’s a solid inning from Burnett, who is showing an ability to avoid getting too worked up. Ruiz’s double was crushed to the left-center field wall, but Burnett dug in and struck out Rollins in a tight, diving curveball then got Victorino to pop up to A-Rod. His fastball has been on point and the curveball has serious bite. He’s at 86 pitches through five.
UPDATE, 10 p.m.: Another tight curve, this one to Howard. Seven strikeouts for Burnett.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: OK, that “Who’s your daddy?” chant was better. It sort of loses a little luster though when the guy then gets Tex to wave at a 71 mph bender for his seventh strikeout.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Matsui comes through with the second World Series home run of his career. Big homer by Teixeira and a big homer by Matsui. It helps to have those two swinging the bat well.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain getting loose. So is Chan Ho Park. Seriously.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: That was pitch No. 101 to get Ibanez on another breaking ball. This is a serious outing by Burnett. Eight strikeouts is the real deal.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: That was an almost identical pitch on strike three to Stairs. Nine strikeouts.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: Great job by A.J. tonight and he kept himself under control emotionally all night. Rivera – yes, Rivera – up warming in the bullpen. Six outs? Don’t forget the Series has an off day tomorrow.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Joe Girardi is clearly a genius – first Hairston singles, then pinch-runner Gardner goes first to third on a hit-and-run with Melky (!) smacking a liner to right. Now, Charlie Manuel is on his way to the mound to call for Chan-Ho Park as Jorge Posada comes up to pinch-hit. Pedro took a long, slow walk to the dugout and seemed to enjoy the boos he got – he stopped at the top step and grinned at the fans behind the dugout.