Faced with their first series deficit in two postseasons, the Phillies send righthander Joe Blanton to the mound in Game 4 against lefthander CC Sabathia, who will be working on short rest.
Preview: Following last night's 8-5 loss, an unfamiliar, uneasy feeling is creeping in among the Philadelphia faithful. The Yankees used three homers to rip home-field advantage right back from Cole Hamels and the Phillies, while a number of sluggers, including Ryan Howard, continued to look out of sorts against a Yankees lefthander. Afterward, Hamels didn't win much sympathy. “I can’t wait for it to end,” he said. Unfortunately for his teammates, and hundreds of thousands of fans, the Phillies moved one step closer to making his wish come true.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are hoping to continue their postseason success against the ALCS MVP, who took the loss, walked three and surrendered a pair of Chase Utley homers in Game 1. However, the Phillies received their largest boost that game from Cliff Lee, who took a shutout into the ninth inning. Otherwise, Sabathia pitched well enough to give the Yankees ample opportunity to secure victory. Blanton, the winner in last season's World Series Game 4, will be asked to pitch the game of his life, as another loss would push the Phillies to the brink of elimination, with three more games, including two at Yankee Stadium, for the Bombers to play with.