In the first game of a rematch of the 2009 World Series, the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3. The game featured two of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues today: CC Sabathia, who earned the win for the Yanks and Roy Halladay, who picked up the loss. With the win, the Bronx Bombers move to 41-23 on the season. Also, with the Tampa Bay/Atlanta game starting about two hours late because of rain, the New York Yankees pull a half-game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays for not only the best record in the division, but the Major Leagues…

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Initial Reaction:

Yankee fans collectively sighed a breath of relief when Roy Halladay left division-rival Toronto for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was allegedly the Roy Halladay who went 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.112 WHIP in his career against the Yankees. He was nowhere to be found tonight. He pitched six innings and allowed eight hits and six earned runs while only striking out five and walking two.

That certainly isn’t the Roy Halladay that I’ve been accustomed to loathing as a Yankee fan. Unfortunately for him and Phillies’ fans, this game was much more important to the Phillies than the Yankees. The Yankees have won 15-5 in their last 20 games while the Phillies are 6-14 in their last twenty contests. Bad news for the Phils? The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets aren’t going anywhere. As of now, the top spot in the National League is up for grabs…

CC Sabathia wasn’t perfect tonight, but he got the job done. He started out on fire, allowing one baserunner in the first three innings before he got roughed up in the fourth (see below). He pulled it together to finish with seven innings pitched, five hits, three earned runs, and seven strikeouts. CC also retired seven in a row to end his outing. In the battle of aces, CC Sabathia proved to be victorious tonight.

Positives From The Game:

First Blood: Brett Gardner ripped a two-run triple off of Doc Halladay in the bottom of the 2nd. Scoring runs early against a pitcher as good as Halladay is imperative. Brett ended the game 2-3 with 2 RBIs and a walk.

Turning it Up: In the bottom of the third, the Yankees flexed their muscles. Curtis Granderson led off with a home run into the second deck. Later in the inning, Nick Swisher hit a two-run bomb to right-center to open up the lead to 5-0.

A Jam: CC Sabathia really worked out of a jam in the fourth and fifth innings. Both times he really could have completely lost control of the game, but he stranded five runners in those two innings alone. The game ended up being a five-run win for the Yanks. You do the math.

Yankee Stadium Special: Mark Teixeira’s fifth inning home run went further high than it did far. My argument against Philly fans being pissed it went out in the short porch? 1. The fence is that short for the Philly batters too, and 2. It still counts as a home run, and that improves Mark’s home run total to 10 on the season.

The Bullpen: A game where there is little to say about the bullpen is a good game. That could be said tonight for Dave Robertson in the eighth and Chan Ho Park, a former Phillie, in the ninth. The two allowed a combined one baserunner in two innings.

Negatives From The Game:

Keep it Close: The top of the fourth could have gone completely differently if it weren’t for a combined three or four inches. The first two batters got singles off of CC that went off of his glove. The Phillies ended up getting three runs in the inning, but they left two ducks on the pond.

Interesting Facts:

12: CC Sabathia started off the game with first-pitch strikes to the first 12 Phillie batters. In that span, he struck out six.

Double That: Roy Halladay came into tonight with three home runs allowed tonight. Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, and Mark Teixeira helped double that number in six innings.

61: Coming into this game, CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay were tied for the most wins since 2007 with 61. With the win tonight, CC Sabathia took the lead.

What’s Next?:

The Yanks and Phils will go at it again tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. This game can be viewed on ESPN. Let’s hope the Yankees can continue their hot streak and keep their lead in the AL East.

Projected Starters:

Jamie Moyer (6-6, 5.03 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (6-4, 3.80 ERA)