Update, 7:37: Rare to see Roy Halladay missing his spots. But here we are in the last of the second, and after a Nick Swisher single, a four-pitch walk to Jorge Posada and a stand-up triple by Brett Gardner, it’s 2-0.
Update, 7:52: These aren’t the Orioles, yet Sabathia looks great. He has six Ks through three, and there have been no hits.
Update, 7:56: Is this Yankees killer Roy Halladay, the guy with the 18-6 lifetime record against them? Granderson just went to the second deck to make it 3-0, Robby Cano doubled with a shot that went one hop to the wall in right-center and Nick Swisher homered to the right-center seats, and it’s 5-0 in the third.
Update, 8:14: Spoke too soon on Sabathia. Where are the Orioles when you need them? Two runs are in, the bases are still loaded and there’s still no one out in the fourth.
Update, 8:16: Bad mistake by Sabathia. He brain-locked and didn’t cover first on what could have been a 3-6-1 double play. Now 5-3, second and third, one out.
Update, 8:39: Good job by Sabathia to get out of trouble in fourth and now again in the fifth and his bases-loaded two-out jam.
Update, 8:43: Mark Teixeira was helped by the short porch in this latest at-bat, dunking one by the right-field foul pole for his 10th homer and a 6-3 lead, and now we’re through five.
Update, 9:12: Despite the two shaky innings, this turned out to be a positive night for Sabathia, He’s probably done now that he’s above 100 pitches through seven. But he only gave up three runs and five hits, and he has a 6-3 lead. Antonio Bastardo will take over the pitching for the Phillies. Halladay had his second-worst start of the year, charged with six runs and eight hits over six. The three homers allowed were a season worst.
Update, 9:27: The struggles continue for the Phillies. It’s 8-3 after Francisco Cervelli’s two-run single in the seventh off David Herndon. If the score holds up, this will be 15 wins in the last 20 games for the Yankees and 15 losses in the last 21 games for Philadelphia.
Update, 9:55: Chan Ho Park had a 1-2-3 ninth against his old team. Yankees win Game 1 of the World Series rematch – 8-3. A combined five-hitter for Sabathia, David Robertson and Park. Almost a repeat of Game 6 of the World Series when the Yankees won 7-3.