Jun 15, 2010

Bronx Bombed: Phils lose rematch 8-3.

(New York, NY) Nick Swisher drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the third to lead a Yankees assault on Roy Halladay  as the Bronx Bombers hammered the Phillies 8-3 at Yankees Stadium.

Swisher finished 2-5 with a double and the two-run home run. He was one of three Yankees to go deep on Halladay as the Phillies ace only lasted six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits.

Brett Gardener got the Yanks on the board first in the bottom of the second with a one-out triple to center field that scored Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada.

Curtis Granderson lead off the third with a solo homer to give the Yankees an early 3-0 lead. Next, Mark Teixeira field out to right and after a Robinson Cano double Nick Swisher launched his 11th home run of the season deep to right field to put the Yankees up 5-0.

The Phillies rebounded in the top of the fourth as Chase Utley and Placido Polanco  had back-to-back singles to start the inning. After Ryan Howard was hit-by-a-pitch Jayson Werth scored Utley on single to left field.
Raul Ibanez scored Polanco on 3-2 single to right field and the Phillies capped off their three run fourth as Ben Francisco grounded into a fielders choice that scored Ryan Howard.

The Yankees countered the Phillies attempt as Mark Teixeira lined a one out solo home run that just grazed over the right field fence in the bottom of the fifth to give the Yankees a 6-3 lead. This was the third and last home run Halladay as he sat the next two batters to end his evening.

Halladay  was pulled before the seventh inning after allowing the six runs. Despite the loss Halladay (8-5) did K five Yankees and pitched out of multiple jams.

"I didn't hit my locations, my velocity wasn't there" stated Halladay. "It wasn't my best outing and I know I need to pitch better".

The Yankees finished off their night with a Francisco Cervelli single in the bottom of the seventh that scored Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada.

C.C. Sabathia clinched his seventh win of the season for the Yankees. Sabathia lasted seven innings and struck out seven Phillies while his ERA dropped to just over 4.00 for the season.

C.C.now leads the all time match up against Halladay 2-1 and this win is the Yankees ninth straight at home.
The most upsetting sight of the evening for the Phillies was the fact that Yankees manager Joe Girardi brought in ex-Phille Chan Ho Park to start the ninth.

After Ross Gload grounded out to first, Park struck Brian Schneider swinging and fooled Shane Victorio on a 2-2 change up to fly out to center to end the game. Victorino went 0-5 with two strikeouts.

Game Notes: The Phillies will send Kyle Kendrick (3-2) to the mound in game two and the Yankees will hope to counter with A.J. Burnett (6-4)... Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sat out his fourth game in a row with right hip issues... This is the first time Roy Halladay has allowed three home runs since Aug. 4th 2009.

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