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Phillies Nation Perfect Season: Phillies beat Yankees thanks to Ruiz’s 11th inning double


Every day until Opening Day arrives, Phillies Nation will take a daily look back at a regular season victory from that particular day in history that you can watch in full in lieu of live Phillies baseball. Think of it is as your daily Phillies watch recommendation.

May 24, 2009 – Phillies 4, Yankees 3

Ruiz threw out two would-be base stealers in a 4-3 victory over the Yankees in 2009. (Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

2009 wasn’t kind to Brad Lidge. After being perfect in save situations in 2008, Lidge blew four of his first 12 opportunities, including two against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. The second blown save of the series came in the Memorial Day matinee finale. Lidge was tasked with preserving a one-run lead to give Cole Hamels the win over CC Sabathia. Melky Cabrera, who walked-off the previous game, came through again with a single that scored Ramiro Peña and tied the game.

Carlos Ruiz, who threw out two baserunners and tagged out Johnny Damon earlier in the game, was the hero in extra innings. His double in the 11th led the Phillies to a series victory over the Yankees:

Phillies Lineup

  1. Jimmy Rollins, shortstop
  2. Shane Victorino, center field
  3. Raúl Ibañez, designated hitter
  4. Ryan Howard, first base
  5. Jayson Werth, left field
  6. John Mayberry, right field
  7. Pedro Feliz, third base
  8. Eric Bruntlett, second base
  9. Carlos Ruiz, catcher

Cole Hamels, starting pitcher

Yankees Lineup

  1. Derek Jeter, shortstop
  2. Johnny Damon, left field
  3. Mark Teixeira, first base
  4. Alex Rodriguez, third base
  5. Robinson Canó, second base
  6. Melky Cabrera, right field
  7. Hideki Matsui, designated hitter
  8. Francisco Cervelli, catcher
  9. Brett Gardner, center field

CC Sabathia, starting pitcher

You can watch the full game by using this link. You can also watch it on your Smart TV or streaming device with the YouTube app. Just put in “PHL at NYA May 24, 2009” into the search bar and click on the video. 

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