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Yankees/Phillies Game 6

Posted by on Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

2009 World Series – The 6th game – Perhaps the finest game in the chase for the tropy and the ring between these National and American League teams.  The games have been competitive for the fans and the 2008 World Series Champions Philadelphia Phillies have played the Yankees as the champs they are.  It has been no nonsence play.

It is the battle of the senior pitchers of the game.  Phillies 38 year old Pedro Martinez vs. Yankees 37 year old Andy Pettitte.  The pitchers first started games against each other on May 31, 1998.  They remain among the best in the game.  Pedro and Andy.

Designated hitter Hideki Matsui anxious to get his first World Series ring with Major League Baseball has dominated his game and contributed during the 2009 playoffs with 4 home runs and 13 RBIs.  Matsui is in the final year of his contract.  A long career in Japan continued by record consecutive games in left field for the Yankees have rendered his knees. During playoff he has performed a perfect DH off the bench.  With Hideki Matsui, the Yankees have a 7- 2 lead at the top of the 6 inning.

Andy Pettitte out pitched Pedro Martinez who left the game after pitching 4 innings.  Martinez charged with 4 runs, 3 hits, 1 HR, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts and hit a batter.  He threw 77 pitches, 46 for strikes.

Andy Pettitte was replaced by relief pitcher Job Chamberlain at the top of the 6th inning.  Pitching 5-2/3 innings, 3 runs, 4 hits, 1HR, 5 walks and 3 strikeouts and one wild pitch.  Pettitte threw 94 pitches, 50 for strikes.

Play continues with relievers from both teams pitching for the defeat of each other.  The 7th inning stretch finds the Yankees ahead 7 – 3.

World Series victory is near at hand for the Yankees as the bull pen holds the 4 game lead for the all time saves leader with 14 career postseaon saves – Mariano Rivera.  The future Hall of Fame closer enters the game in the 8th inning.  The rest is history, sweetened by celebration of champagne.