NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia certainly pitched respectably and kept his team in the game until manager Joe Giradi's bullpen sent Philadelphia on its way -- a New York problem that threatens to undermine the Yanks in this World Series -- but Cliff Lee stole the show.
Yes, they've seen it all before in Cleveland, when Sabathia and Lee were pitching for the Indians. And in the much-anticipated mound matchup, Sabathia watched his old buddy throw a gem.
"He's been pitching great all year," Sabathia said.
That led to a two-out, bases-loaded situation which he escaped, but it was taxing.
So, too, was Chase Utley's third-inning at-bat that resulted in a full-count home run. Utley worked Sabathia over for nine pitches during the duel, fouling off five of them.
Sabathia needed 58 pitches to navigate through the first three innings.
"I was just trying to keep the ball down and I was yanking balls over the plate," Sabathia said. "My two-seamer was down, but it was way down."
He went seven innings, leaving the Yankees in a 2-0 hole when he departed. Utley homered in the third and then drilled another against Sabathia in the sixth on a misplaced 0 and 2 fastball that was supposed to be up-and-in. Instead, he caught too much of the plate.
The first home run pitch was supposed to be a fastball down-and-away that wound up over the middle of the plate.
During his seven innings, Sabathia walked three, fanned six and allowed four hits.
"Three walks," he said. "I was behind everybody. I wish I could stand here and say it was just two pitches.
"I was able to battle back and make pitches when I had to, but that's not how I've been pitching this postseason."
Sabatahia came into the game with a 3-0 postseason record and 1.19 ERA. Girardi has not announced his starting pitchers beyond Game 3 Saturday in Philadelphia, but Sabathia is expected to start Games 1, 4 and 7 for the Yankees. He threw 113 pitches in Game 1, 70 for strikes.