Power billing: Series lives up to hype
Yankees, Phillies locate home run strokes in Game 3
PHILADELPHIA -- The Yankees and Phillies came into the World Series with the most combined home runs in the history of the Fall Classic. Between them, they boasted six players who had topped 30 home runs and lineups as deep as they were explosive.
Flying out in Philly
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Werth, who finished second on the Phillies with 36 home runs this season, now has a team-leading seven in the postseason -- just one shy of tying a Major League record. Werth is already the Phillies' all-time leader in playoff long balls with nine.
"He can mash," shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. "I always thought that pound-for-pound he's got the most pop on the team."A Phillies player has hit two home runs in a World Series game just four times in the franchise's 127-year history. It's happened twice in this series and three times in their last four Series games. (Ryan Howard went deep twice in Game 4 last year against the Rays.) Unfortunately for the Phillies, the Yankees answered Werth's power with some of their own. Alex Rodriguez got New York on the scoreboard in the fourth with a line drive long ball that bounced off a camera sitting on the right-field fence.
"It was a big hit. I think it woke our offense up a little bit," Rodriguez said. "It felt really good, and it was a little weird to have the first home run and the replay and the whole nine yards. But two big runs for us early on."
Once the Yankees grabbed the lead and got into the Phillies' suspect bullpen, they added on with two more solo blasts. Nick Swisher, mired in a 4-for-35 slump this postseason, hit his first career postseason homer in the sixth off J.A. Happ. Hideki Matsui added a pinch-hit solo homer in the eighth to left off Brett Myers.
"We felt like our ABs were starting to get better. I think our bats just woke up there," said Johnny Damon, whose two-run fifth-inning double gave the Yankees the lead. "Alex really got us going with that home run. Our team has been pretty successful all year doing that -- hitting home runs."The ball did seem to be flying out of the park, especially to left, with four of the five homers leaving the yard in that direction -- all with relative ease. It was a display of power that even impressed some of the pitchers. "I thought it was a popup," Hamels said of Rodriguez's homer off the Phillies lefty. "He's such a good hitter. The ball just keeps on going." "It was great. We got our offense going," said Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera, who recorded the last two outs for the save. "It's a good thing for us because we definitely can put some good pitching there, but if the offense gets going, we're really good."
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.