After Pedro Feliz's homer tied it in the eighth, the Yankees rallied with three, two-out runs off Brad Lidge in the ninth, prevailing 7-4 to move one win away from dethroning the Phillies.
Beerleaguer: Sickening. And fitting. With Mark Teixeira waiting on deck, you could smell it coming with every pitch Johnny Damon swatted away until he got the one he wanted. And judging by the hush that fell over the crowd, everyone knew when Damon reached the Phillies were in trouble. They'd seen this inning before, against lesser teams than the Yankees. They'd spent months bracing for the moment it would burn them in the postseason. Damon made sure they'd experience their worst nightmare with his heads-up base-running, and the second Lidge plunked Teixeira, there was nowhere to hide but the exits. This wasn't a save situation, but it was. He could have preserved the tie, kept Mariano Rivera out of the game and given the Phillies a very real chance to seize it in the home half against Phil Coke. And you know they would have done it.
With their backs to the wall, there's only one inning that matters now: the ninth inning of Game 7. Gotta get there. Only one problem: who's going to pitch it?