The balls flew out of Yankee Stadium, alright, but the Phils hit more of them, and with more men on base. They defeated the Yankees, 7-3, in the first game of a three-game set, snapping New York’s nine-game win streak.
Moreover, the Phillies had better pitching. Brett Myers pitched an assured, sparkling eight innings, giving up three runs (all solo home runs) on eight hits, walking none and striking out five. The Yankees never got into a groove as Myers located the fastball, threw in his superb curveball and had hitters guessing. Myers turned to 4-2 on the season.
Jimmy Rollins set the tone early with a leadoff home run, launching the home run derby with a gimme shot to right. Carlos Ruiz followed with a gimme to left in the second inning. With a 3-0 lead, Jayson Werth catapulted a left-field upper-deck two-run shot. And of course, Raul Ibanez threw one in for good measure.
Chase Utley also drove in a run. Ruiz was the hitting star, going 3-for-4. Ryan Madson cleaned up with a 1-2-3 ninth.