Chase Utley became the second left-handed hitter in World Series history to hit two home runs off a left-handed pitcher in a single game. The first was Babe Ruth, and that’s pretty much the only thing about tonight’s game that harkened back to some of the great moments in Yankees history. The moment tonight most closely resembled was Josh Beckett’s World Series shutout in 2003.
“We definitely don’t like the situation we’re in,” Johnny Damon said. “We can’t lose three more, but we’re shooting to win four.”
Given the way the Yankees had been playing at home, and the way CC Sabathia had been pitching in the postseason, it was hard to expect a game like this. Not even with Cliff Lee on the mound. The Yankees seemed to be surging and the new Yankee Stadium was a place for them to rally, not crumble.
On this night, though, Lee could do no wrong. The casual catch of a popup. The behind-the-back grab on a comebacker. The 10 strikeouts. Lee was the best player in this game, and that’s what cost the Yankees. Their bullpen didn’t help matters, and neither did Utley, but Lee pitched a heck of a game. That’s what put the Yankees in a hole.
“A guy makes his pitches sometimes,” Joe Girardi said. “You’re going to have a hard time scoring runs, and somtimes you’re able to scratch a few across. As far as being frustrated, our guys will grind it out. I’m not concerned about that.”