2009 World Series
The 2009 World Series was the 105th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series. The best-of-seven playoff was contested between the Philadelphia Phillies, champions of the National League and the defending World Series champions, and the New York Yankees, champions of the American League. The two franchises had previously met in the 1950 World Series in which the Yankees swept the Phillies, four games to none.
The Phillies' Ryan Howard got the first hit of the 2009 World Series by doubling in the first inning of Game 1. Howard was stranded in the first and the game was scoreless after two innings. The Phillies scored first with a two-out solo home run by Chase Utley in the top of the third inning. Through the first five innings, Philadelphia starting pitcher Cliff Lee allowed no runs and three hits, striking out seven Yankees batters. In the top of the sixth, Chase Utley homered again with one out and nobody on to give the Phillies a 2–0 lead and in doing so became the first left-handed hitter to hit two home runs off a left-handed pitcher in the World Series since Babe Ruth. The starting pitchers Lee and CC Sabathia continued until the top of the eighth when Sabathia was replaced by Phil Hughes. Hughes walked the first two batters and was replaced by Damaso Marte, who got two quick outs and was then relieved himself by David Robertson, who walked Jayson Werth and gave up a two-run single to Raul Ibanez. The Phillies added two more runs in the ninth with an RBI single by Shane Victorino and an RBI double by Ryan Howard. Lee finished with a complete game allowing one unearned run on six hits and striking out ten batters, not walking any of the hitters he faced.
Game 2 was marked the first post-season appearance of Pedro Martinez against the Yankees since the 2004 ALCS when he was with the Boston Red Sox and a part of the two teams' long standing rivalry. The Phillies scored first for the second game in a row, with Raul Ibanez hitting a ground rule double followed by a Matt Stairs RBI single off A.J. Burnett in the second inning, but that would be the only run the Yankees allowed. Mark Teixeira tied the game with a solo home run in the fourth inning, and Hideki Matsui broke the tie in the sixth with another solo homer, giving the Yankees their first lead of the World Series. Martinez departed the game after giving up consecutive hits to Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Melky Cabrera to start the seventh inning, and reliever Chan Ho Park gave up an RBI single to Jorge Posada. With Cabrera at second base and Posada at first, Johnny Damon hit a low line drive at Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. Howard grabbed the ball and threw to second where Posada was tagged and called out while standing on the base. First-base umpire Brian Gorman ruled that Howard had caught the ball in the air and thus the result was an inning-ending double play. This was the first of two calls by Gorman in this game which were later shown to have been wrong by video replays. Burnett left after seven innings, replaced by Mariano Rivera in the eighth. The Phillies put two runners on with a walk to Jimmy Rollins and a single by Shane Victorino with one out in the eighth. However, Chase Utley grounded into an inning-ending double play ending on a close play at first base, the second close call made by the first base umpire. Gorman himself later admitted he missed this call, saying "on a freeze frame, it looks like there’s a little bit of a ball outside his glove when he hits the bag." Ultimately, Rivera threw 39 pitches and got six outs for his 38th postseason save, his tenth in World Series play.
The start of Game 3 was postponed 80 minutes due to a rain delay, pushing the start time to 9:17 p.m. The Phillies scored first with Jayson Werth's lead-off solo home run, which was followed by a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to make it 3–0 in the bottom of the second inning. Following Mark Teixeira's walk in the top of the fourth inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a deep ball down the right field line. It was originally ruled a double and Mark Teixeira held at third base. The play was reviewed using MLB instant replay and the ball was ruled a two-run home run, giving A-Rod his first World Series hit. This was the first home run reviewed by instant replay in postseason play. Specifically, the ball hit a camera owned by Fox and MLB which extended slightly over the right field wall. Coincidentally, Alex Rodriguez also had the first regular season home run reviewed by replay. Nick Swisher opened the top of the fifth inning with a double and scored on a single to center field by Andy Pettitte. This was Pettitte's first career postseason RBI and the first RBI by a Yankees pitcher in a World Series since Jim Bouton in 1964. Derek Jeter followed Pettitte with another single, and both runners scored on a two-run double by Johnny Damon. Cole Hamels then walked Mark Teixeira and was relieved by J. A. Happ. Happ escaped the fifth without allowing further scoring, but Nick Swisher added to the Yankees lead with a solo home run off of Happ in the sixth. Werth hit his second solo home run of the game leading off the bottom of the sixth to close the Yankees lead to 6–4, the second Phillies player to hit multiple home runs in this World Series. Chad Durbin relieved Happ in the top of the seventh. He walked Johnny Damon, who then stole second base. Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch, and Damon scored on a single by Jorge Posada. Joba Chamberlain relieved Pettitte in the bottom of the seventh and retired the side in order. Brett Myers retired the first two batters in the top of the eighth, but Hideki Matsui then hit a solo home run pinch hitting for Chamberlain. This was the 28th pinch-hit home run in World Series history. Phil Hughes pitched a third of an inning in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a solo home run to Carlos Ruiz before being relieved by Mariano Rivera. Rivera closed out the game, throwing just five pitches to record the final two outs. This game was Pettitte's 17th career postseason win, extending his MLB record.
Prior to the start of Game 4 Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols were named winners of the Hank Aaron Award for their offensive performances in 2009. Derek Jeter led the game off with a single and advanced to third base on a double by Johnny Damon. Jeter scored via a Mark Teixeira ground out and Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. Rodriguez was hit twice the night before and the umpires issued warnings to both benches. Jorge Posada then added to the Yankees lead that inning with a sacrifice fly. The Phillies answered quickly, scoring a run on successive doubles by Shane Victorino and Chase Utley in the bottom of the first. Sabathia would intentionally walk Jayson Werth, but escaped the inning without further scoring. The Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the fourth as Ryan Howard singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Pedro Feliz. However, instant replay of Howard's slide showed that he did not touch home plate. Nick Swisher walked to lead off the fifth inning and advanced to second on a Melky Cabrera single. Swisher regained the Yankee lead, scoring on a single by Derek Jeter, and Cabrera added to it scoring a run off of a Johnny Damon single. Brett Gardner replaced Melky Cabrera in center field as a defensive substitution in the bottom of the sixth inning after Cabrera left the game due to a hamstring injury. Chan Ho Park relieved Blanton in the seventh and held the Yankees scoreless in that inning. Chase Utley hit his third solo home run of the series in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, bringing the game to 4–3 and chasing Sabathia from the game. Damaso Marte relieved Sabathia and got the final out of the seventh without further scoring. Ryan Madson relieved Park in the eighth and allowed a walk and a single but held the Yankees scoreless. Joba Chamberlain replaced Marte in the bottom of the inning. He struck out the first two batters he faced but allowed a game-tying home run to Pedro Feliz before closing the inning. Brad Lidge came into the game in the ninth and gave up a two-out single to Damon—after a nine-pitch at bat. Then, with Mark Teixeira batting, Damon stole second and advanced to third as the base was uncovered due to a defensive shift against Teixeira. Some believed that Damon's play made Lidge avoid throwing his best pitch — a slider that broke down into the dirt—for the rest of the inning as that pitch risked a wild pitch. Later, the play would be called Johnny Damon's Mad Dash by various news outlets, a reference to Enos Slaughter's famous play in the 1946 World Series. Teixeira was then hit by a pitch and Alex Rodriguez put the Yankees ahead with a double to left field, scoring Damon. Posada added to that lead with a single which scored Teixeira and Rodriguez. Mariano Rivera entered in the bottom of the ninth and saved the game for the Yankees on eight pitches for his second save of the 2009 World Series.
The Yankees replaced Melky Cabrera on their postseason roster with Ramiro Pena due to his injury in Game 4, while Brett Gardner took Cabrera's place in center field. The Yankees scored first during Game 5 in the first inning, with Johnny Damon reaching base with a single and then scoring on a two-out double by Alex Rodriguez. The Phillies responded in the bottom of the inning with a single by Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino reaching after being hit by a pitch, and finally a three-run home run by Chase Utley to take the lead. The Phillies added to their lead in the third inning with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard drawing walks followed by RBI singles by Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez. A.J. Burnett was relieved by David Robertson with no outs in the inning who allowed another run to score on a Carlos Ruiz ground out before the inning was over. Robertson held the Phillies scoreless for a second inning in the fourth. Jorge Posada entered as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning for Jose Molina and ground out. Eric Hinske then pinch hit for Robertson and walked, advanced to third on a Derek Jeter single, and scored on a ground out by Johnny Damon. Alfredo Aceves entered as the new Yankee pitcher in the bottom of the fifth. The first batter he faced, Jayson Werth, hit a deep drive to center field but it was caught for an out by Brett Gardner who collided into the outfield wall to complete the play. Aceves completed the inning without a run scoring, inducing ground outs from Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz. Phil Coke relieved Aceves in the seventh inning and helped two Phillies players tie World Series records. First, Chase Utley tied Reggie Jackson's record for most home runs in a World Series with a solo home run, his fifth of the series. Coke then struck out Ryan Howard, Howard's 12th strikeout for the series, tying Willie Wilson's record for most strikeouts in a World Series. Finally, Coke was driven from the game after allowing another solo home run, this time to Raul Ibanez, and was relieved by Phil Hughes. Shane Victorino was replaced defensively in the eighth inning by Ben Francisco. Phillies starter Cliff Lee was driven from the game after allowing a single to Johnny Damon followed by a double for Mark Teixeira and a double by Alex Rodriguez that scored both runners. Chan Ho Park relieved Lee and induced a ground out from Nick Swisher which advanced Rodriguez to third base who scored on a sacrifice fly by Robinson Cano. Ryan Madson entered in the ninth to close the game, allowing a double to Jorge Posada and a single to Hideki Matsui without recording an out. Batting with men on first and third base Derek Jeter grounded into a double play, allowing Posada to score but emptying the bases. Johnny Damon would single to bring Mark Teixeira to bat as the potential tying run, but Madson struck Teixeira out to record his first World Series save.
The Yankees scored first during Game 6, the first Game 6 in a World Series since the 2003 World Series six years earlier and the longest such period in the history of the World Series, with an Alex Rodriguez walk opening the bottom of the second inning followed by a two-run home run by designated hitter Hideki Matsui. The Phillies quickly responded with a triple by Carlos Ruiz and a run scoring on a Jimmy Rollins sacrifice fly in the top of the third. Matsui answered back, adding to the Yankees lead again with a single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, scoring Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon. Damon, injured running the bases while scoring, was replaced defensively in the top of the fourth by Jerry Hairston, Jr. Phillies starter Pedro Martínez was removed after just four innings, relieved in the fifth by Chad Durbin. Durbin allowed a ground rule double to Jeter, who advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Hairston and scored on a single by Mark Teixeira. Durbin then hit Alex Rodriguez and was relieved by J.A. Happ after recording just one out. Happ allowed a two-run double to Matsui, his fifth and sixth RBI of the game which tied a World Series record for most RBI in a single game set by Bobby Richardson in the 1960 World Series. The Phillies brought the game closer in the top of the sixth inning as Chase Utley drew a walk and Ryan Howard followed him with a two-run home run, bringing the game to 7–3. After Raul Ibanez hit a double into right field, Joba Chamberlain relieved Andy Pettitte and closed the sixth without scoring. Chan Ho Park came in for Happ, ending any Yankees threat that inning. Chamberlain was relieved by Damaso Marte in the top of the seventh after allowing two baserunners, but Marte struck out Chase Utley to end the inning scoreless. After Park allowed a single to Alex Rodriguez Scott Eyre replaced him. Eyre allowed Rodriguez to steal second and intentionally walked Jorge Posada but escaped the inning without allowing a run. Marte recorded one out, a strikeout of Howard, in the top of the eighth inning. With it Howard set a new World Series record for most strikeouts in a single series with a total of 13. After the out, Marte was relieved by the Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in a non-save situation. Rivera allowed a double to Raul Ibanez, but no runs, in the eighth. After retiring the first two batters in the eighth, Eyre gave way to Ryan Madson who allowed a single to Jeter before ending the bottom of the eighth inning. Matt Stairs led off the ninth as a pinch hitter, but lined out. Carlos Ruiz worked a walk from Rivera, but successive outs by Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino ended the game 7–3 to dethrone the former world champion Phillies.