In game 1 of the 2009 World Series, Phillies starter de-fanged the formidable Yankees lineup and at times looked bored doing it. Lee gave up six hits and one unearned run in his 121-pitch complete game and Chase Utley had two solo homeruns to put the Phillies up for good. Philadelphia would get a few more insurance runs in the 8th and 9th innings to win Game One by a final of 6-1.
Which brings us to Game 2- certainly more of a pitchers duel than the debut game. This pitted Pedro Martinez against AJ Burnett. Both starters worked hard and Burnett gave up an early RBI single to DH Matt Stairs in the top of the 2nd after a ground-rule double by Raul Ibanez landed just fair before one-hopping into the seats. However, the 1-0 lead only lasted until the bottom of the 4th when Martinez gave up a solo home run to Mark Teixera to lead off the inning. The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the 6th with another solo home run off of Martinez- this time by Hideki Matsui- and got an insurance run off of a Jorge Posada RBI-triple in the 7th. Mariano Rivera came on for a two-inning save situation, giving up two hits and getting the save in the Yankees 3-1 win.
Pedro Martinez threw 107 pitches in 6 innings worth of work while AJ Burnett threw 108 over 7 innings and got the win.
This sends the series to Philadelphia tied 1-1. Interestingly, the Morris County Daily Record is reporting that an Amtrak spokesman announced that both teams will be taking the train between New York and Philly. With their transportation choice in mind, Game 3's starting time has been announced as 7:57 PM Eastern time on Saturday......December 5th [just kidding!].
In the NBA, the Celtics handily won their home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats last night by a final of 92-59. Kevin Garnett had 10 points, Ray Allen had 18, Rajon Rondo had 10 and Shelden Williams had 12. This was Garnett's first home start since injuring his right knee late last season. Ray Allen was the only Boston starter still in the game by the time the 4th quarter began.
The Bruins hosted the New Jersey Devils last night. Backup goaltender Yann Danis gave NJ starter Martin Brodeur the night off and stopped 31 of 32 shots faced. Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal for the Bruins in a 2-1 loss and Tim Thomas stopped 29 of 31 shots face. The Devils are 6-0 on the road this season while the Bruins are 1-1-1 in their last 3 games and 5-5-1 overall. They face the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at the Garden.
#14 Ranked Viginia Tech fell to North Carolina at home on Thursday night. After the Tarheels tied the game at 17-17 late in the 4th quarter, Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams fumbled the ball on Tech's own 24 yard line with the Tarheels recovering. North Carolina bled the clock and kicker Casey Barth split the uprights on what was essentially a point-after attempt with 2 seconds remaining in the game to give North Carolina the 20-17 win. North Carolina is 5-3 overall with a 1-3 record within the ACC while Virginia Tech is also 5-3 with a 3-2 record within the ACC.
[Boston College is also 5-3 with a 3-2 record against the ACC]