Alright, so A.J. Burnett brought it tonight. I’m guessing that means he gives up six runs in three innings next time out. The jackass righty won his first playoff game in four times out tonight, putting the clamps on Philly to lead the Yankees to a 3-1 win and a series split through two. Burnett struck out nine and gave up just one run in seven innings in the most important start of his career. Man, this 32-year-old has potential.
The Phillies scored the game’s first run in the second on a two-out RBI single by Matty Stairs — a ball that went under the glove of Alex Rodriguez, who also went 0-for-4 with three Ks for the second night in a row. Keep bringing the playoff magic, big boy.
New York struck back with solo homers from real playoff hero Mark Texeira in the fourth and Hideki Matsui in the sixth, and added some insurance when Jorge The Rat drove home Brett Gardner with a single in the seventh. Pedro Martinez was charged with all three runs in six-plus innings of work, which certainly left Don Zimmer laughing, wherever he is these days.
Oh well, I picked the Yankees to win three times this series, so they might as well have taken this one. To my liking, it was a relatively contested game and hopefully a sign of more to come over the next week. Go Phillies!
Game 3 goes Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, with Little Andy (2-0, 2.37 this postseason and 119-1 in his playoff career, or so it seems — you know, because he’s so great) matching up with last year’s World Series MVP Cole Hamels (1-1, 6.75).