UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: It’s 3-0 Phillies as Pettitte’s pitch count reaches 60. That was a smoother inning for him, at least.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: This could be the first instant replay reversal in World Series history. That ball looked to hit the camera – not the wall – and should be ruled a two-run homer. Umps are going in to take a look. It shouldn’t take very long.
UPDATE, 10:34 p.m.: It’s a home run. 3-2 Phillies. It’s the right call.
UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: That’s Rodriguez’s sixth home run this postseaon, tying a Yankees record. Bernie Williams also hit six in 1996. It’s also the Yankees 17th home run of the playoffs, which breaks a franchise record. The Yankees hit 16 home runs in 1996, 2001 and 2003.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: That ball sailed on A-Rod, which doesn’t help Pettitte any. With his pitch count up already, giving away outs is extra costly.
UPDATE, 10:51 p.m.: One of the few curveballs Hamels has thrown tonight and Swisher rips it down the third-base line. Now you see why Hamels has stayed away from that pitch quite a bit this year — remember, Flaherty said he could see it being far less effective.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Crowd of 46,061 on hand tonight. They’re all very loud, too.
UPDATE, 10:53 p.m.: Looked like another curveball from Hamels, and now it’s Pettitte (!) looping it to center field to tie the game. That’s his first career postseason RBI.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: That’s a nice break for the Yankees on a dumb play by Victorino. With Pettitte running, he could have fielded that ball on a hop and thrown him out on the force at second. By sliding, he missed the ball and gave Pettitte time to jog.
UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: And now the inning is snowballing. Damon crushes a liner to right-center and Jeter nearly passes Pettitte as both come home to make it 5-3 Yankees. Action in the Phillies bullpen as Hamels is unraveling quickly.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: That’s it for Hamels. The walk chases last year’s World Series MVP from the game and brings in J.A. Happ. By the way, it’s pronounced “Jay” Happ, not Jay-A.
UPDATE, 11:08 p.m.: Big inning for Pettitte, who starts at 72 pitches and needs to keep the Phillies crowd from getting back into it. Heart of the Phillies order coming up.
UPDATE, 11:15 p.m.: Just what Pettitte and the Yankees needed: 11 pitches and the Phillies are gone 1-2-3. Now they’re doing some sort of skit on the field where a bunch of people in costumes are dancing with the Phanatic. It’s creepy, yet oddly scintillating.
UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.: The skit ended with a guy wearing a Yankees jersey walking up and all the people in costumes (and the Phanatic) running away. No one in the crowd seemed to know how to react to that. Truthfully, I don’t either. Wouldn’t it have been better if they attacked the Yankee guy or something? I’ve never really gotten theater …
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: Apparently the night off in Game 2 was just what Swisher needed. He crushed that ball for his first homer of the postseason. He’s 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBI.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Say what you want about Alex, but Werth is having a monster postseason too: That’s his second home run of the night and seventh of the playoffs.