10/29/09 1:00 AM EST
Yankees Short Hops: Game 1
Sabathia's quality start overshadowed by Lee's masterpiece
By Thomas Boorstein / MLB.com
Cold bats against Cliff Lee and the long ball plagued the Yankees in the opener of their 40th World Series.
Robinson Cano's look of bewilderment on first base after blooping into a 6-3 double play in the fifth inning. His expression came as a result of a strange sequence in the field, but it was emblematic of a Yankees team puzzled all night at the plate against Lee.
2: That's the number of mistakes CC Sabathia made to Chase Utley. The Phillies second baseman turned on a Sabathia slider in the third inning and a fastball in the sixth for a pair of solo homers. Game balls
Had the Yankees done anything against Lee, Sabathia's performance would have looked better. It stands as the ninth quality start in 10 postseason games for the Yankees, but the first in which the pitcher who produced it also got tagged with a loss.
The Yankees shortstop had the team's only extra-base hit and was the team's only batter to record more than one hit (three) in the game.
It didn't matter, but the lefty reliever's performance in the eighth inning could be a good sign. Marte struck out Utley on a curveball and got a flyout from Ryan Howard. If the Yankees hope to win this series, Marte will need to get more important outs.
Sense of October
Jorge Posada's weak groundout to Lee in the seventh inning brought to mind the Yankees' last World Series game, a 2-0 loss to Josh Beckett and the Marlins in Game 6 in 2003. In that game, Posada made the final out -- by grounding out weakly to the pitcher.
4 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 K
Comment: Teixeira's quiet postseason has been overshadowed by the Yankees' success, but the first baseman looked overmatched in Wednesday's loss. His line wasn't alone in the middle of the Yankees' lineup. Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez combined to go 0-for-8 with five strikeouts.
7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K's, 2 HR
Comment: Sabathia equaled his walk total from his three previous starts in the 2009 postseason and doubled the number of homers he had allowed. He hadn't surrendered a homer to a lefty at home all year, and he allowed two in a four-inning span.
"When you face a Cy Young winner like that and he's on, you're not going to score many runs, and that was the case tonight." -- Teixeira on Lee
Outside of the first inning of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, A.J. Burnett has been in control this postseason. He'll look to prevent the Yankees from losing control in this World Series as they try to make things 1-1 before traveling south to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Saturday.
Thomas Boorstein is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.