The Phillies and Yankees met in a three-game Interleague series at Yankee Stadium earlier this season, with Philadelphia taking two out of three from New York.May 22: Phillies 7, Yankees 3
It didn't take long for the Phillies to understand all the talk about Yankee Stadium being a haven for home run hitters, as Philadelphia defeated A.J. Burnett and the Yankees with the benefit of four home runs. The Phillies' slugfest started with a leadoff homer by Jimmy Rollins, and before the night was over, Carlos Ruiz, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each had one of their own as well. The game featured seven home runs in all.
Burnett took the loss as he allowed five runs -- all via the long ball -- in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two in the effort. In what was his best start of the season to that point, Phillies right-hander Brett Myers picked up the win as he limited the Yankees to three solo home runs in eight innings.
Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira went deep for New York.
May 23: Yankees 5, Phillies 4
Brad Lidge was the victim of the Yankees' three-run ninth, which featured a two-run blast by Rodriguez and then a walk-off RBI single by Melky Cabrera later in the frame. The blown save was Lidge's third of the season and second in eight days.
Lidge's inability to close out the game for the Phillies cost rookie J.A. Happ a win in what was his season debut as a starter. Happ went six innings, allowing just two runs on four hits before handing the game over to Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson, each of whom pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
PHILS vs. YANKS in 2009
The World Series isn't the first time the Yankees and Phillies have met this season. The Phils won a three-game Interleague set in May.
The Phillies had taken an early 4-1 lead off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte with the aid of a three-run homer from John Mayberry Jr. and a solo shot by Ibanez.
May 24: Phillies 4, Yankees 3 (11 innings)
The rubber game of the three-game series went into extra innings after Lidge suffered his second blown save in as many days. Ruiz made sure it didn't cost the Phillies a win, though, as he came up with the game's biggest hit -- a two-out RBI double in the 11th that plated Chase Utley and sealed a series win for the Philadelphia.
Before recording an out in the ninth, Lidge gave up singles to Robinson Cano and Cabrera, the latter of which tied the game at 3. Lidge had come in to try to save the game for starter Cole Hamels, who had limited New York to two runs on eight hits in his six-inning start.
CC Sabathia made the start for the Yankees and allowed three runs in eight innings. Shane Victorino, Rollins and Johnny Damon all had two-out RBI hits in the game, and Teixeira went deep against Hamels.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.