Roy Halladay’s return back to the AL East was not a pleasant one. The Phillies’ ace was lit up by the Yankees, and the defending world champions beat the defending NL champions, 8-3.
The game was highly anticipated as is featured a World Series rematch, and a battle of two of baseball’s best pitchers, CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay.
Sabathia pitched seven innings, while surrendering three runs and just five hits, and earning his seventh win of the year. Halladay, who threw a perfect game back on May 29th, pitched his worst outing of the season. Halladay surrendered six earned runs, including three home runs, before being yanked after six innings.
The Yankees started the barrage on Halladay early. Brett Gardner hit a two run triple to centerfield, and gave his team their lead for the night.
After that, the Yanks played long ball. In the third, Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer to right, and gave his team a 3-0 lead. Later in the inning, Nick Swisher knocked in two more runs, with his 11th homer of the season.
The Phillies would score three runs in the fourth inning, to put the first chink in the armor of Sabathia, but he would settle in after that.
In the fifth inning, Mark Teixeira hit a “Tex message” to right field, and the Yankees would extend their lead to 6-3.
In the seventh, the Yankees would knock in two more runs, as catcher Francisco Cervelli hit a two run single. That would make the score 8-3, and things would hold up after that.
David Robertson and Chan Ho Park would each work a scoreless inning in relief, and that would finish off the Phillies.
The Yankees currently stand one half game in front of the Rays for the top spot of the division, but the Rays currently lead in their game.
Game 2 of the series is set for 7:05 ET. from Yankee Stadium, as A.J. Burnett (6-4, 3.86) will take on 47-year old Jamie Moyer (6-6, 5.03).
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