After going 25 years without a winning a championship, Philadelphia sports fans finally learned what it felt like to win last year when the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. As Brad Lidge struck out the final batter to clinch the series, all of the doubt and anxiety that was engrained in the collective psyche of Philly fans disappeared. And, what years of tears--and in some cases therapy--could not rid us of was suddenly washed away and replaced by an unfamiliar and exhilarating confidence.
This confidence seems to be shared by the Phillies who have been unstoppable so far in the 2009 postseason. And, if anyone thought that was going to change as they took the field against the Yankees tonight, they were sorely mistaken.
A calm Cliff Lee pitched a complete game shutting down the Yankees offense by striking out 10 and allowing no earned runs. His dominating pitching performance was complemented by solid defense. He effortlessly caught a pop fly to retire Johnny Damon and later threw out Robinson Cano after a beautiful behind the back catch. The Yankees only run of the game came in the 9th inning on an error by Jimmy Rollins.
On the offensive side, Chase Utley started the scoring with two solo home runs off CC Sabathia in the third and sixth innings. Both homers came with 2 strikes. Late in the game, the Phils padded the score as walks issued by the Yankees bullpen set up 4 RBIs by Ibanez, Victorino and Howard.
The Phillies won Game 1 of the World Series by a final score of 6-1.
Game 2 will see Pedro Martinez start for the Phillies against the Yankees' A.J. Burnett. Game 2 will be played in New York at 7:57pm EST, and will be broadcast on FOX.