Jimmy Rollins and Derek Jeter met again for the first time since sharing shortstop duties for Team USA this spring; Rollins greeted Jeter and company with a home run on the first pitch of the ballgame tonight. In all, the Phillies walked away with 4 home runs in the game and 6 of their 7 runs scored on those blasts. Jeter and 2 other Yankees also homered in the game, but all were solo shots. Looks like the Phillies are loving this new Yankee Stadium.
Brett Myers especially was feeling the love tonight; he pitched a one run ballgame up until the 8th inning when 2 more homers gave the Yankees a bit of life. Myers baffled the Yanks who walked somberly away from the plate while glancing back in awe and surprise at the Phillies pitcher. Myers allowed those 3 solo home runs, 8 hits, had 7 strikeouts and did not walk anyone. All this in a full 8 innings of work gave him the 7-3 win.
AJ Burnett of the Yankees, on the other hand, had a rough night trying to stave off the Phils big bats. Annoyed at the first pitch home run to Rollins, Burnett proceeded to plunk Chase Utley with a pitch immediately afterwards. Myers, sticking up for his teammate, threw behind Jeter in the Yanks next at-bat and warnings from the umpire ensued. The warnings had no effect on the game from that point and these 2 teams just went at it like scheduled.
Carlos Ruiz had a big night for the Phillies with 3 hits, 2 RBI on a home run and he even stole a base. Ruiz gave us all a scare though in his last at-bat when he showed some discomfort after a swing, but he continued playing and appears to be ok. After the oblique injury he suffered earlier this year, it was a tense moment seeing him cringe. For now though, all is well.
JA Happ will get his first start of the season tomorrow in the 4:10pm start in New York. After that, Cole Hamels will take the ball on Sunday afternoon and I will be there to cheer on…well….everybody I guess! I will get see my dream World Series match-up as well as a much heralded new stadium. Cannot wait to go! I was able to find an affordable ticket after much effort, but am not sure about the view I will have. Fingers crossed! I will be back with photos :O)
Photos by Jenn
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