Cliff Lee pitched with no discernible pattern all night, constantly changing speeds and zones to baffle the Yanks. He also got two solo homers from Chase Utley off C.C., who was good but a bit off his game early, as the Phillies beat the Yanks 6-1 in Game 1 of the World Series. The Yanks did not help their cause by lunging at a lot of junk, exactly what it was thrown to induce. They failed to stay back, wait for that to drift out of the strike zone, and if necessary steer pitches the other way. This is something they will need to address the rest of the series, for most of the Phillies starters feature change-ups and junk pitches.
That said, this was just one game. Lee was great, out-dueled Sabathia, and went the distance. He fanned 10, including Teixeira twice and A-Rod thrice. Losing home field advantage also hurts. But winning Game 2 will help right things, and the Yanks have been a good road team all year. Stay positive, people. No one said this would be easy. Of course, I am also sure none of us, myself included, thought yesterday would look so hard.
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