One night after doom and gloom in the opener, the Yankees came back to level the World Series with a tight Game 2 victory over the Phillies. Chad Jennings has the details.
In my column, I focused on A.J. Burnett, who was not only pitching his first World Series game but was doing it on a night when a win was an absolute must. Whatever you want to say about Burnett’s inconsistency during the season, you have to give it up for him last night: He was an ace.
Hideki Matsui has had big hits against Pedro Martinez before (Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS comes to mind) and he did it again, hitting the go-ahead homer in the sixth inning of Game 2. Rick Carpiniello takes a look at the growing history between Matsui and Martinez.
Of course, Matsui wouldn’t have had the chance to give the Yankees the lead if not for Mark Teixeira, who homered to tie the game two innings earlier. Josh Thomson wrote about the uneven postseason Teixeira has had, though he has shown an ability to get big hits in important situations.
Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez has already struck out more in the first two games of the World Series than he had in both previous rounds combined, but no one is panicking about where A-Rod’s power has gone. The notebook also has news on a lineup change, an honor for Derek Jeter, some thoughts from Bud Selig on replay and more.
From the Philly side, Martin Frank from the News-Journal writes about the Phillies struggling slugger – Ryan Howard, like A-Rod, had a rough night at the plate and struck out three times against Burnett.