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Phillies Short Hops: Game 2

Phillies Short Hops: Game 2

Fielding the Phillies' 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the World Series on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
A.J. Burnett outdueled Pedro Martinez, holding the Phillies to one run over seven innings.

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Frozen moment
In a tie game in the bottom of the sixth, Martinez had already struck out Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez back-to-back and had Hideki Matsui in a 1-2 hole. But Matsui got around on a pitch low and in, golfing it over the right-field wall to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Big number
13 -- The Phillies' top four hitters had 13 at-bats in Game 2 and one hit -- an eighth-inning single by Shane Victorino. The quartet did earn three walks but struck out a combined six times.

Game balls
Pedro Martinez

While it was far from matching Cliff Lee's performance of a night earlier, the Phillies could not have asked for much more from Martinez, who allowed two solo home runs in six innings. Martinez's eight strikeouts were his most in a postseason game since Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series -- also against the Yankees.

Raul Ibanez

Ibanez doubled and scored the Phillies' only run of the contest in the second inning and also made the defensive play of the night when he robbed Robinson Cano of a hit on a diving play in left-center.

Ryan Howard

That hot streak Howard rode into the World Series seems to have dissipated during that six-day layoff. Howard could barely touch Burnett in Game 2, striking out in all three at-bats against the Yankees right-hander. Howard has struck out six times in the first two games of the Series.

Sense of October
As they've done for 13 years now, the Yankees shortened the game in October by bringing in Mariano Rivera in the eighth inning for the save. Rivera recorded the game's final six outs to even the series.

Lines of the Game


UTLEY
Hitting
Chase Utley
3 AB, 0 H, BB, GIDP
Comment: Utley couldn't back up his star performance from Game 1, grounding into a double play in the Phillies' biggest at-bat of the game against Rivera in the eighth.


MARTINEZ
Pitching
Pedro Martinez
6+ IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 8 K, 2 BB
Comment: Martinez was victimized by solo home runs from Teixeira and Matsui and the gem tossed by his counterpart, Burnett.

Spoken
"Pedro was great. You can't ask for anything more; maybe some more offense from us." -- Jimmy Rollins

Next step
The Phillies look to follow the same pattern as last season's World Series and win all three at Citizens Bank Park after a Game 2 loss. That starts Saturday with Cole Hamels on the hill.

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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