The defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies have jumped to a 1-0 advantage in this year's Fall Classic by overpowering the New York Yankees 6-1 on a crisp fall evening at Yankee Stadium.
Chase Utley tagged Yankee left-hander CC Sabathia
for a pair of solo home runs and Cliff Lee
outpitched the Yankee ace for the win. Lee toyed with the powerful
Yankees lineup, striking out 10 and allowing just six hits. He
struck out Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez three times.
Utley connected in the third and sixth innings. He also walked
in the first inning when he set a postseason record by reaching
base in 26 straight games, breaking the record held by Baltimore's
Boog Powell from 1966 to 1971. Utley had half of the four hits
allowed by Sabathia, who struck out six in his seven innings before
heading to the showers.
Raul Ibanez delivered a two-run single
in the eighth inning. The Phils added two insurance runs in the
Lee's most overpowering inning was the fourth when he struck out
Mark Teixeira, Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. The
Yankees' only threat came in the sixth.
Lee blanked the Yanks until the ninth inning when New York
scored an unearned run on a throwing error by Jimmy Rollins.
The Game 1 winner has gone on to win the last six World Series.
Game 2 is Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. Pedro Martinez, who
was a long-time Yankee nemesis when he pitched for Boston, goes for
the Phillies against A.J. Burnett.