Game 4 of the World Series tonight was to cap a huge sports day in Philadelphia. After the Eagles ripped the Giants, hope was that the Phillies would claw back into the hunt and even the Fall Classic at 2.
After a Pedro Feliz solo home run tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the 8th, the Yankees came up in the top of the 9th against Brad Lidge. And uh-oh, the bad Brad Lidge showed up. Despite retiring the first two batters, Johnny Damon fought through a tough at bat and singled. Damon then stole TWO bases, and Lidge then hit Mark Teixeira to put runners at the corners.
Alex Rodriguez and his gigantic paycheck delivered with a huge two-out RBI double to put the Yankees up 5-4. Jorge Posada singled in Teixeira and Rodriguez and Posada got thrown out going for 2nd.
Mariano Riveria quickly retired the side in the bottom of the 9th to put the Yankees up three games to one with a 7-4 win.
The Phils will need another lights out pitching performance from Cliff Lee to take the series back to New York and keep the Yankees from winning their 27th world championship. The Yankees have had a 3-1 series lead in the World Series 8 times and have never lost. Ugh.