NEW YORK, May 22—The start of inter-league play is always a time of consternation as ball clubs wonder of the team they are facing might be the teams they could see in the World Series. Some predictions suggest that is just what happened at Philadelphis made the trip to New York.
In this one the Phillies would out hit the Yankees ending the Bronx Bombers nine game winning streak and starting their own with their second consecutive win. The Phillies have one seven of their last 10 and lead the NL East by two games over the Mets.
The Philadelphia Phillies had the unenviable challenge of going up against the New York Yankees in their first inter-league series, however they were thrilled to have the opportunity to test out their home run hitting prowess in the Yankees new home.
In the first inning Jimmy Rollins gave A.J. Burnett a great National League welcome, hitting the first pitch of the game over the right field wall, his third four-bagger on the year.
Chase Utley was then hit by a pitch and Raul Ibanez singled putting runners on the corners, to make things interesting, but the next three Phillies were retired to end the threat, Phillies 1-0.
In the bottom half of the inning Derek Jeter got aboard on a single to start things off for the Yankees. Jeter was thrown out on a fielder’s choice to second, Johnny Damon safe at first.
Then after Mark Teixeira struck out swinging, Rodriquez hit a hard double to left. The Yankees looking to even things up send Damon home but the relay throw from Rollins to home plate was perfect getting Damon and the Yankees were retired.
Matt Stairs hit a little infield blooper that Burnett could not get to and the runner was safe at first. Jeter was out at second. Carlos Ruiz followed taking an up and in fastball over the left center field wall for his first homer on the season. The Cather Ruiz, not known for his hitting, is only batting .236 on they year.
Burnett walked Rollins before he struck out Chase Utley swinging and got Raul Ibanez to fly out to end the inning, Phillies 3-0. Ruiz was three for four with a run and two RBI in the game.
Brett Myers continued to get some good help from his defense as the Yankees were scoreless after four with just three hits.
In the top of the fifth the Yankees walked Ibanez with one out. Ibanez moved to second on a fielder’s choice grounder by Ryan Howard. Then Jayson Werth hit an up and in fast ball over the left field wall reaching the second deck, Phillies 5-0.
It was Werth’s eighth homer on the season Shane Victorino then got an opportunistic tripe before Stairs struck out to end the inning. This is the first time this year Burnett had given up three homers in a game.
The Yankees showed they were not just going to lay down in the fight. In the bottom of the sixth Alex Rodriguez hit a two-out slider away left center to a make the score 5-1. It was A-Rod’s sixth homer on the year.
However, in the top of the seventh Ibanez answered with his own solo homer to right off of Chien-Ming Wang, just back of the DL in relief, Phillies 6-1. The crushing shot to deep center was hit league leading sixteenth on the year.
In the eighth the Phillies got things started with a single by a broken bat single Pedro Feliz. An out later Rollins singled to left, moving Feliz to second. Utley then singled to right and Nick Swisher left the ball on the ground as he tried to grab it on the charge, allowing Feliz to score from second; Phillies 7-1.
In the bottom of the eight Derek Jeter got his sixth homer on the year, a solo shot. Teixeira followed immediately with his own solo shot into the third deck, before the Yanks got a couple of ground outs to end the inning, Phillies 7-3.
The Yankees would not be able to get anything the rest of the way, however.
The Phillies finished with seven runs on 14 hits and an error. The Yankees got three runs on eight hits. Myers (4-2) got the wins and A.J. Burnett (2-2) took the loss.