World Series Game 4 news and notes
Updated: November 2, 2009, 10:42 AM ETESPN.com
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NEW YORK YANKEES• The Yankees have led 3-1 in a best-of-seven series 14 previous times, including this year's American League Championship Series. They won nine of them in five games and four of them in six games, and their lone loss came in the 2004 ALCS against the Red Sox. • The Yankees lost three-plus games in a row seven times during the 2009 season. • The Yankees entered Sunday 6-1 in the Joe Torre/Joe Girardi era (since 1996) when leading after one inning in a World Series game. The loss was in Game 5 of the 2003 WS to the Marlins. • Sunday was only the second time the Yankees have given up a game-tying HR in the eighth inning or later of a World Series game. The last time was to Carl Furillo of the 1953 Dodgers in the ninth inning of Game 6. The Yankees won the game and series on a walk-off hit by Billy Martin.
• Chamberlain earned the win in relief, the first Yankee to do that in a World Series game since Sterling Hitchcock did it exactly eight years ago against the Diamondbacks. That game -- Game 5 in 2001 -- also happened to be the third game of the Yankees' last three-game WS winning streak. They went on to lose the next two games and the series. • It was the first time this year that Chamberlain entered a game to protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning. It was the first time he's protected a one-run lead in the eighth inning in the postseason since being attacked by the midges in Game 2 of the 2007 AL Division Series against the Indians. • Chamberlain is the second relief pitcher in World Series history to pitch exactly one inning, strike out three and give up a home run. The other was Eddie Watt of the Orioles in Game 4 of the 1970 World Series, also in the eighth inning. • Chamberlain is the first pitcher in World Series history to pitch an inning or less, allow a home run and get the win. The last AL pitcher to get a win in a World Series game as a reliever was Damaso Marte, in 2005 with the White Sox. • Chamberlain's ninth fastball of 95-plus mph was hit for a home run.
• Damon is the fifth player in World Series history to have three hits, score two runs and have two stolen bases. The others were Roberto Alomar (1993), Otis Nixon (1992), Lou Brock (1967) and Eddie Collins (1910). • All of Damon's hits were on fastballs, but the location was more significant. They all were either up, away or both. On your phone, the three hits were on buttons 2, 3 and 6. Two of Damon's hits Sunday came on balls that were so high and away, they actually were out of the strike zone. They're the first two hits he's recorded on bad balls during the World Series. He's chased 32 percent of pitches out of the zone during the postseason and a whopping 46 percent during the World Series. • Damon also stole two bases on the same play thanks to a bizarre Phillies overshift where no one was covering third base. Only six Yankees have ever stolen two bases in a postseason game, much less on the same play. The last was Alex Rodriguez against Minnesota in the '04 ALDS. The others were Alfonso Soriano ('03 ALCS), Jeter ('99 WS), Tim Raines ('97 ALDS), Mike McNally ('21 WS) and some guy named Babe Ruth (also '21 WS). Derek Jeter
• Jeter produced the third go-ahead hit of his World Series career and the first since his Mr. November walk-off HR in 2001. • Jeter tied Lou Gehrig for fourth on the all-time World Series runs list, and tied Hank Bauer and Pee Wee Reese for fifth on the all-time World Series hits list.
• Rodriguez hit the go-ahead RBI double, the first go-ahead hit in the ninth inning or later by a Yankee in a World Series road game since Luis Sojo's Series-clinching hit against the Mets in 2000. Rodriguez hit a game-tying HR against Brad Lidge in the regular season. With Sunday's hit, he's now 3-for-4 against Lidge for his career. • A-Rod was hit by a pitch for the eighth time this postseason, passing David Eckstein for the most ever. He has been hit three times in the World Series. Only one other player has been hit by a pitch three times in a single World Series: Max Carey of the Pirates in 1925. • With his 15th RBI, A-Rod tied Scott Brosius (1998) and Bernie Williams (1996) for the most RBIs by a Yankee in a single postseason. He also tied David Ortiz (2004) with his third go-ahead or game-tying hit in the ninth inning or later in a single postseason.
• Sabathia allowed three home runs to lefties during the entire regular season. He now has allowed three to lefty Chase Utley in the first four games of the World Series. • Sabathia went to his slider more often than usual Sunday. Sabathia has thrown:
--14.3 percent sliders before the World Series; opponents hit .168
--28 sliders out of 107 pitches Sunday (26.2 percent); Phillies were 1-for-9 (Utley's homer) Mariano Rivera
• Rivera pitched in his 23rd World Series game, the most ever by a pitcher.
• Blanton allowed the leadoff runner to reach only twice Sunday. However, all the Yankees' runs against him were scored in those two innings. Blanton followed a similar pattern in his last start during the National League Championship Series. He held the Dodgers to 1-for-15 with bases empty but allowed five hits with runners on base behind him. On Sunday, Blanton threw 61.7 percent of his pitches for strikes, had 17 of 26 first-pitch strikes and tossed 15.7 pitches per inning. Pedro Feliz
• Feliz's home run matched the latest a game-tying HR has been hit by a Phillies player in a postseason -- Shane Victorino, 2008 NLCS Game 4. Feliz's HR was the first game-tying HR in the eighth inning or later of a World Series game since Scott Brosius in Game 5 of the 2001 World Series (tied the game in the bottom of the ninth). Feliz's last game-tying HR in the eighth or later: Aug. 25, 2004 -- off Guillermo Mota at the Marlins.
• Howard struck out for the 10th time. He's two off Willie Wilson's MLB record. The last players with 10-plus K's in a World Series: Luis Gonzalez, Damian Miller with 11. • Howard had his first career postseason stolen base, after going 8-for-9 on steals during the regular season. It was the first Series stolen base by a cleanup hitter since Reggie Sanders of the Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the 2001 World Series. • Howard now is 3-for-15 in the World Series. All three hits have been off lefties, and all have been on fastballs. He's 0-for-6 (including the strikeout in Game 4) against off-speed pitches, and 1-for-14 in the entire postseason. • Howard has seen:
--23.4 percent sliders before the World Series (hit .261)
--36.2 percent sliders in the World Series (25 of 69 pitches); 0-for-5 when he puts them in play
After doing relatively well with his slider to the first two batters, Lidge abandoned it after Johnny Damon battled him during a nine-pitch at-bat. That was right before he hit the heart of the Yankees' order, and obviously it cost him. Lidge's pitch selection by hitter:
--Fastballs to Matsui: 2 of 4 (popped up a slider for an out)
--Fastballs to Jeter: 2 of 7 (swung and missed three times, two on sliders)
--Fastballs to Damon: 6 of 9 (fouled off all three sliders he saw)
--Fastballs to Teixeira: 1 of 3 (hit him with it)
--Fastballs to A-Rod: 2 of 2
--Fastballs to Posada: 4 of 5
Total fastballs: 17 of 30 • With his third World Series loss, Lidge has tied George Frazier and Eddie Watt for the most by a relief pitcher in World Series history. He's also tied five other pitchers with the most losses as a relief pitcher in postseason history (four).
• Utley homered off CC Sabathia for the third time in this series, joining Yogi Berra as the only players to hit three HRs off the same pitcher in a World Series (Berra versus Don Newcombe in 1956). • Utley's near-home run in the first inning Sunday came on a 92.8 mph fastball. Both his home runs off Sabathia in Game 1 also were on fastballs (94.9 and 96.0). All three pitches were in the lower third of the strike zone vertically, and two of them were away (the 9 button on your phone, since Utley hits left-handed). For the season, the low ball gave Utley problems. He hit only .240, with a slugging percentage of only .412, in the lower third. He also had a swing-and-miss rate of 26 percent on balls that were down. Thus, it's not surprising that 48.8 percent of the pitches he saw all year were in the lower third or below the zone. • On his home run in the sixth inning, Utley hit an 81-mph slider that didn't slide very much. It was outside, but it ended in the middle of the plate vertically. Utley hit only .286 in that zone during the season, but that's also where he chases the lowest percentage of bad balls (10.5 percent). • Utley's home run was his fifth in World Series play, tying him with Billy Martin for the most among second basemen in World Series history. He's also 4-for-6 against Sabathia while the rest of the team is 7-for-45. • To some extent, this is a self-fulfilling stat, but when Utley is on, he's REALLY on. For his postseason career, he hits .500 overall in games in which he homers and only .177 in games in which he doesn't.
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