Cliff Lee Striking and Phillies Fightin'

Shinrai AquinoContributor IOctober 28, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28:  Cliff Lee #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies rubs the baseball in his hands against the New York Yankees in Game One of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on October 28, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Cliff Lee has been tremendous in the first half of World Series Game 1 against the Yankees. He struck out two in the first as well as in the second inning. As if those were not good enough, Lee struck out Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Jorge Posada in the fourth inning. It was the second strikeout for Teixeira and A-Rod.

CC Sabathia, a former Cleveland Indian teammate and a close friend of Cliff Lee, scuffled in the first inning. He's thrown 24 pitches in that inning alone. And in the third inning, CC pitched eight times to Chase Utley before giving up a home run in the right field near the foul pole.

Utley's home run was the first homer of the 2009 World Series and the first home run in the new Yankee Stadium in a post-season game.

As for CC, it was the first home run he gave up on a left-handed hitter at home. The next time he faced Chase Utley, another home run was given up in the right field. It was a back to back home run for Chase Utley.

Cliff Lee is just so striking and the Fightin' Phillies lead by 2-0 against the Bronx Bombers in the first six innings.