Pedro Martinez just didn't have what it takes to beat the New York Yankees and manager Charlie Manuel is being second-guessed for sticking with Martinez as long as he did.
Martinez, who gave up three runs in six innings in game two, returned to start game six and was on the ropes almost from the beginning. Starting with a fastball velocity in the low 80s, Martinez did find some velocity along the way, but by then it was too late. The Yankees hit Martinez for four earned runs in four innings of work.
After giving up two runs in the second, Martinez loaded the bases in the third with a base hit, a walk and a hit batter. With just one out, Martinez was able to strike out Alex Rodriguez, which brought Hideki Matsui to the plate. Matsui had homered off Martinez the last time that he faced him in game two and it appeared that Manuel would go to left-hander J.A. Happ, who was warm and ready in the bullpen. Instead, Martinez stayed in the game and gave up a single to center that scored two runs.
"He's got experience, he knows how to pitch and everything; I had to let him face that guy," said Manuel on his decision to stick with Martinez. "Also, we can go down 4-1 and we can definitely rebound there. But I had to let him it wasn't time for me to take him out."
Matsui finished the night 3-for-4 with six RBI and a .615 average in the World Series, good enough to win the MVP Award for the series.
"I want to tell you something, Matsui, not only did he hit fastballs mostly, but he was on everything we threw. He hit a slider off Happ. Basically the two hits he got off Pedro were fastballs," mentioned Manuel. "He hit everything we threw up there. He had a big night. But not only that, he's a good hitter."
Chad Durbin came on to pitch the fifth and gave up a leadoff double to Derek Jeter, who scored on an RBI single from Mark Teixeira. After Durbin walked Rodriguez to put runners on first and second with one out, Happ entered to pitch to Matsui who doubled to drive in two runs and complete the night's scoring for the Yankees.
The Phillies mounted a mild comeback when Ryan Howard, who hit just .174 in the series with a record 13 strikeouts, hit a two-run home run to left to make it a 7-3 game.
Andy Pettitte lasted 5 2/3 innings and gave way to Joba Chamberlain in the sixth. Pettitte allowed three runs on four hits and five walks. Chamberlain and Damaso Marte combined to give the Yankees two innings and Mariano Rivera recorded the final five outs of the game as the Yankees celebration began.
"I think we're in a span right here where within the next couple years that's going to be a very big for us. I think it's going to be our heydays, as you might say. It's very important for the next couple years that we stay afloat, but at the same time, I think we have the talent and I think that we can tinker with our team enough to even get better," said Manuel of his team's future.
"I know we can do better because as I sit here tonight, I know Hamels is going to be better and I know Lidge is going to be better. I can tell you guys that. I know that. So therefore that's going to make us better. We're going to be a better team next year. That's our goal."