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Burnett Lights Up The Phils In Game 2 – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 30th, 2009 by Sooze

Burnett Lights Up The Phils In Game 2
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Jayson Werth should really do something about that squirrel hanging out on his chin. Just a thought.

The New York Yankees’ bats finally woke up for Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night with a 3-1 win over the reigning world champion Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phils worked with a 1-0 lead for an inning thanks to a Matt Stairs RBI double in the top of the second, but it looked as though this game would turn out to be a pitcher’s duel after all with A.J. Burnett striking out batters left and right. The right-hander fanned nine over seven solid innings with a couple walks and four hits.

But leading off the fourth, Mark Teixeira — in a pretty terrible postseason slump coming into the game (8-for-44, .182)  — nailed a solo shot off Pedro Martinez, tying it up at a run a piece. Hideki Matsui then put New York ahead with two outs in the sixth, reaching way down below his knees to drive a curveball into the right field seats.

Pedro pitched well among chants of “Who’s your daddy,” fooling the Yanks lineup with 70mph breaking balls in his first Series start since Game 3 for the Boston Red Sox five years ago. The future Hall of Famer served up three runs on six hits over six-plus innings, fanning eight and walking two.

Mariano Rivera got six outs for his 38th postseason save, which marks his 10th in World Series play. Impressive as hell.

We can hardly wait for the lefty-on-lefty match up of Game 3, when Andy Pettitte (2-0, 2.37 ERA) takes on Cole Hamels (1-1, 6.75 ERA) this Saturday at 7:30pm ET on FOX. The Bronx Bombers are a -117 favorite, even with the Phillies’ home field advantage at Citizen’s Bank Park.

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