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Burnett comes through for Yankees in Game 2

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After two good performances and one mediocre one in his first three playoff starts, A.J. Burnett delivered a gem last night when the Yankees most needed one, pitching seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball with nine strikeouts in the Yankees’ 3-1 victory over the Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series. It was his first career playoff win.

Amidst the expected taunts of “Who’s Your Daddy?” from Yankee fans, Pedro pitched well himself, certainly much better than I expected from him. He left two batters into the seventh inning, allowing six hits and only three runs (one of which scored after he left) and striking out eight. But solo home runs by Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui and Burnett’s own dominance were too much to overcome.

Of course, there were more umpiring blunders. Ryan Howard turned a line-drive double play despite replays showing he fielded the ball on a hop. And Chase Utley was called out at first to end the top of the 8th inning despite replays showing he beat the throw to first.

The series moves to Philly for Game 3 tomorrow.

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