The Yankees had a lead in the first inning, and they brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth. In between, things went wrong.
In their first opportunity to clinch, the Yankees made things interesting but didn’t quite finish off the Phillies. A.J. Burnett and Phil Coke each took responsibility for the loss, and in the moment, it’s hard to see this as anything but a letdown. But taking two out of three in Philadelphia has put the Yankees in a good position as they head back to Yankee Stadium.
“We’re going home,” Derek Jeter said. “We came here and played well. We won two out of three here and now we’ve got to come back and, I don’t know what today is but two days from now — Wednesday? — come out and hope we play a good game.”
It’s funny how many guys said they weren’t sure what day this was or what day Game 6 would be. They knew the next game would be two days from now, but the days have officially blurred together, and that’s what happens in the playoffs. There are little moments that stick with you, but the games and the days ultimately blur, and in that blur, the Yankees are still in a good spot. There is reason to be disappointed right now, but on the whole, being ahead 3-2 with Yankee Stadium 48 hours away isn’t a bad spot.
“We got down early so it was a battle for us to come back,” Nick Swisher said. “You have to give them credit. They swung the bats extremely well against a guy who pitched extremely well against them last time. You have to tip your hat. You can’t win them all. We’re going back to New York, and that brings a smile to everybody’s face.”