Using a good breaking ball, A.J. Burnett fanned nine, allowing a run over seven innings, as the Yankees pitched their way past Pedro Martinez and the Phillies en route to a 3-1 victory.
Beerleaguer: A good rule of thumb against the Phillies' offense is that if you start a pitcher possessing a good breaking ball, keep pounding them with it, which was A.J. Burnett's approach tonight. The hard-throwing right-hander walks a fine line between the type of pitcher the Phils can handle and one they struggle against, and the difference comes down to blending the right amount of wild with an out pitch. This was Burnett's formula tonight. ... The Phils had a couple of chances, but couldn't connect, starting with Ryan Howard's second strikeout of the game to end a third-inning threat with Burnett rattled and a runner in scoring position. Tough night by the NLCS MVP, punching out four times. ... Chase Utley continued to have good at bats, but rolled into a missed-call killer double play in the eighth to help Mariano Rivera out of a long inning. Utley was safe by a half step. Rivera would stay on to finish the ninth. ... Charlie Manuel made a mistake by trying to squeeze more than six innings from Pedro Martinez, who struck out eight, but was no Cliff Lee. Down one, the seventh would have been a fine time to go left/right match-ups using his well-stocked 'pen, which is a minimum of eight, fresh relievers deep.
The Phillies and Yankees head back to Philadelphia with the series even 1-1. If recent postseason history holds, the Phils have them right where they want them.