It was a great story for eight innings: on the strength of rookie J.A. Happ's first start of the season and rookie John Mayberry Jr's spectacular major league debut, the Phillies had a 4-2 lead on the Yankees and were three outs away from improving both their NL East lead and MLB-best road record. But Brad Lidge gave yet another reminder that 2008 is gone for good, recording just one out as the Yankees scored three runs to win the game in walkoff fashion.
Lidge began the ninth by walking Johnny Damon on a full count. He came back to strike out Mark Teixiera on three straight sliders, and got ahead of Alex Rodriguez 1-2. But after Rodriguez laid off two sliders to work the count full, Lidge came back with a fastball that the tabloid superstar hit just over Mayberry's glove for a two-run homer, tying the game at 4. A single, steal, and single later, the Yankees were celebrating at home plate and the Phillies had another Lidge meltdown to contemplate.
Earlier, Happ and Mayberry had been the story. Happ quickly justified the decision to insert him into the rotation in place of Chan Ho Park, holding New York to just two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out four. Mayberry broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with a three-run homer off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, and added a double later.
Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson followed Happ with an inning each of scoreless relief, Madson striking out the side in the eighth including Derek Jeter to end it. Earlier, Raul Ibanez slugged his big-league best 17th home run of the season.
Cole Hamels and CC Sabathia face off in the series finale tomorrow.