The Yankees bats came alive at just the right time, chasing Cole Hamels and giving the Yankees a 8-5 win over the Phillies. They now lead the World Series, 2-1, with CC Sabathia going in Game 4. Back with more from the clubhouse shortly.
UPDATE, 1:30 a.m.: Lots of laughing from the Yankees about Derek Jeter nearly catching Andy Pettitte on the bases when Johnny Damon doubled in the fifth. “I could have caught him,” Jeter said, laughing. “But it would have been embarrassing.”
Pettitte said he was tired for much of the night. “I’m not going to lie to you,” he said. “I was gassed.”
Mariano Rivera was asked if he thought he might get a night off with a big lead in the ninth. “I never think like that,” Rivera said, “especially in the playoffs. You don’t want to be taken by surprise. You have to be ready and tonight I was.”
UPDATE, 1:43 a.m.: Pettitte was struggling tonight. It won’t go down as one of his finest postseason starts, but nights like tonight are the reason you always feel pretty good with Pettitte on the mound.
“I’ve had a lot of rain delays this year already, and I feel like I’ve been pitching in a lot of rain, but it affected me a little bit today,” he said. “You know, I was heated up and ready to go and felt like I was in a real, real good place mentally, and right as I was about to walk out the door to go to the bullpen, they shut me down. For me that was — I really feel the way that I’ve been feeling this post-season out there and the way I felt out there in the first inning that I wasn’t quite as locked in and didn’t feel quite like I had been feeling.”
He never had that feeling.
“It never really felt like it fell really good in place,” he said. “I felt like I started getting a few balls where I wanted to get them. But it was a battle tonight. I wasn’t able to get ahead. I wasn’t able to get my breaking ball over. You know, fortunately enough, they had some lefties in the lineup that I was able to cut some balls, get them away from them in some big situations and able to get some outs when I needed to get some. But it was a grind tonight for me, where I’ve been feeling like I’ve been able to put the ball right where I want to all post-season so far.”