Burnett Burns Phils, Yankees Even Series

Posted by Jason Bintliff, Thu, October 29, 2009 11:41 PM | Comments: 171

They say sports make for great theatre. There’s drama and nail-biting action. Perhaps the element that makes baseball the most entertaining are the story-lines that highlight each game. When Charlie Manuel announced that Pedro Martinez would get the nod in New York, the script was written, it was just waiting to be performed.

Unfortunately for the Phillies, Yankees starter, A.J. Burnett wanted the lead role and seized the spotlight from the flashy Phillies veteran.

In a game that featured a pitchers duel of duels, Burnett and the Yankees finished on top, beating the Phillies 3-1, evening the series at one.

Despite surrendering three earned runs, Martinez pitched a solid game, keeping the Yankees off balance most of the night by sneakily mixing in his change-up. Ironically it was that same change-up that got him into trouble in the fourth when Mark Teixeira took one deep into the short right-field porch, tying the game at one.

The Phillies jumped out to the early lead, thanks to an opposite field double from Raul Ibanez, followed by an opposite field, R.B.I. single from Matt Stairs, in the second inning. The Phillies looked to have had Burnett figured out, but the righty settled in nicely, smothering the Phillies line-up, thanks in large part to the generous outside corner of the plate. He finished with nine K’s in seven innings, while walking only two.

Pedro Martinez finished the game with a quality line, six-plus innings pitched, eight strikeouts, two walks and three earned-runs. New York broke the dead-lock in the sixth off the bat of Hideki Matsui, a solo-shot to right. They would add and insurance run in the seventh off of reliever Chan Ho Park, credited to Martinez.

Yankees turned the ball over to Mariano Rivera in the eighth. The Phillies threatened in the inning, with two on with one out, but Chase Utley grounded into the twin-killing, ending the prospect of a rally off of baseball’s all-time best closer.

All of the hype surrounding Martinez’s return to New York and “Who’s Your Daddy,” and what not, Pedro came out unfazed. He made two mistakes that were rightly hammered for long-balls. However, everywhere Martinez goes, a show is sure to follow. For six innings, Phillies fans got exactly that.

Both teams will enjoy an off day before resuming action Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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  • Posts: 0 Paul F (Yankees Fan)

    If the Yankees had lost today, it would’ve basically been over. Now, it looks like this series might be the classic people thought it would be. Props to the Phillies pitching so far. The next three in Philly should be exciting.

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    So it really depends on if Cole Hamels can outpitch Pettite on Saturday…

  • Posts: 0 Pizza Bagel

    Exactly GWFightinsFan. And I think he is fully capable of doing so.

    But please, fellow Philly Phans, don’t fret just yet. Tonight was a hard-fought game on both sides and a very tight one in the end. Also, the biggest positive to take away from tonight’s performance is that Rivera is by no means indestructible. We managed to get men on base for both innings and actually posed a threat.

    Let’s give the Yankees a warm welcome when they arrive in CBP. Maybe Pettite should borrow Garza’s earplugs.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    goin’ back to Philadelphia PA!


  • Posts: 0 ryan

    talk about a generous outside corner to left handers. he knew he had that corner so he just threw one curveball after another out there, all 6 inches or more off the outside of the plate, and they were all called strikes.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Well Matusi and UT’s first HR weren’t exactly hammered those were the gifts of 314 porch….but that being said we really missed our chances with Burnett. The generous corners were given to both pitchers and the Phillies failed to adjust to them….they took too many bordeline calls in 3-2 and 2-2 counts. It was clear that Burnett wasn’t going to hang himself tonight so this time too much patience actually hurt them.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Lee’s inspiration for his catch the other night…


  • Posts: 0 j reed

    well those curveballs were asking to be crushed esp by Howard. A rightful Jeltzing I suppose.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Fire that fat hillbilly. I hate charlie. Even my Yankee friend said you got through 6 with him. Why push it. STUPID. He just gave up a couple homers. Then Rollins and Vick are not running on that Utley at bat. Come on hick.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Jeff I thiought the same way but if Utley strikes out then Jimmy could have gotten caught in rundown between 2nd and 3rd…and then inning is still over. Or what if Ut popped one up….they would have probably been doubled off. Inning over. If UT had he popped out we’d still have 2 outs with 2 runners in scoring position for Howard but only if they didn’t run…

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I was up in bed watching postgame and Leslie Gudel sounds sick as a dog, yet she was interviewing Cole standing 2 feet away from him! Dam that irritates me. Granted, I’m a bit of a germaphobe, but with all this flu crap going around, why is someone who’s sick allowed in the lockerroom?

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Manuel did however push his luck with Perdo in the 7th. That wasn’t a great call but it was the bottom of the order.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Georgie – good point…esp since Dobbs already has a cold

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Georgie- so what did Hamels say? I missed it….

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    j reed, Pedro said he’s been sick the past 2 days, not eating, not much sleep, coughing. Jeez, they gotta keep an obviously sick reporter away from those guys!

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Cole said he’ll be glad to be home, knows the fans will be excited. He said he loves when the fans go nuts when Lidge comes in and gets a save. He looks a little tired to me, I hope HE’S not getting it too.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Lay off Charlie. Pedro was looking really strong in the 6th. And starting the runners is a big risk. If Chase strikes out and Rollins is thrown out at third, then we’re all ripping Charlie for leaving Howard in the on-deck circle. You don’t start the runners there because you don’t want to take the bat out of Howard’s hands.Besides, Chase was clearly safe anyway. That was a bad call.

    We have to give Burnett credit. He pitched well. Had great control and came up big in a big spot. So tip of the hat to him.

    The Werth pick off really hurt. That might have been the turning point of the game.

    I know it was only the 4th inning, but the Phils were up 1-0 and got the lead off man on for Ibanez and Stairs. We had a chance there to get Burnett rattled, and Werth blew it. Molina made a nice play, but Werth never should have been wandering that far off the bag. If the phils could have gotten up 2-0, the game might have been different.

    We need Hamels. Hopefully he can pull a turnaround like Moyer did in Game 3 last year.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Oh Crapdaddy….put Blanton in a clean room that they use to inspect microchips…wow if that’s true about Pedro that makes his performance that much more outstanding. Yet another black eye for MLB…baseball in the winter during flu season no less.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    jreed: I understand that point… but if you realllyyyyyy want to keep Utley from popping up or hitting a line-drive out, just don’t swing…. Jimmy and Shane SHOULD be able to successfully get a double-steal off a closer!!!! And then you’d have our biggest-RBI guy with TWO runners in scoring position.

    That was when we needed to be aggressive, and we failed.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Why didn’t these guys get the flu shots like half a month ago???? ahhhhhh!

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    I don’t think you run there with two strikes on Utley — not with Howard on deck. If Ruiz or Feliz is up, I say send the runners. But with the big boys up, it’s just too much of a risk that you run yourself out of an inning.

    Now, if Utley had been ahead in the count 2-1 or 3-1, then you be aggressive and send the runners. But Utley fell behind Rivera right away and it was too risky to run with two strikes.

    It’s a tough call and obviously it didn’t work out. But in hindsight, I think charlie made the right decision. It just didn’t work.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Philly Texan – Jeff always wants to fire Charlie after a tough loss. I agree about the Werth base running blunder….it reminded me of those twins and angels games. I hate sloppy baseball. There was also that weird miscommunication between Park and Ruiz….Ruiz set up outside and then moved inside Poseda. Park readjusted in mid delivery but missed the spot Ruiz had moved to. The team didn’t not look as sharp as usual. But we were that close to getting Burnett. With a Molina brother behind the plate you got to be careful. It really pissed me off and really allow Burnett to settle down.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Also Manny, don’t try to steal 3rd with a left handed batter up…the catcher has a clear shot a third. You can do it but you have to be Carl Crawford fast and Jimmy to his credit is fast but not Carl Crawford/BJ Upton fast.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    j reed,
    I agree. Everyone knows a Molina will throw behind runners. I wonder some times where Werth’s head is at. Great player, but he seems to zone out sometimes on base. He got picked off in last year’s game 2 also if I remember correctly.

    Yeah, I really think that was the turning point. Burnett settled down right after that, retired the side, then Texeria hits the game-tying homer in the bottom half and it was clear we were in for a dog fight game.

    If Werth doesn’t get picked, maybe swipes a bag, scores a run and it’s 2-0, then the game’s totally different.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Manny – the Flu shot protects you from the Influenza virus which is a different and more deadly animal than the common cold (rhinovirus) or the “bug” that happens to be going around. The rhinovirus is rarely fatal but Influenza can be very deadly because it. cause pneumonia. If you have Influenza the only place you’ll be going if anywhere is to a hospital. It has the same symptoms of the common cough but more intense with extreme fatigue.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Philly Texan – you read my mind…. Werth is tremendous player but drives me crazy. Then I remember when I first heard him interviewed and it dawned on me …. he’s baseball’s version of Jeff Spicoli. Also remember that 9th inning, game 1 of the Rox series when I think it was either Tulo or Attikins hit a ball in the gap in right center and he clearly reacted way after the fact….maybe it was the sun and he just didn’t see it, but I wouldn’t put it past him if his head was elsewhere.

  • Posts: 0 Jacob

    Definitely should have gone with the ‘pen in the 7th, especially with Pedro just having given up a homer. That said, there’s no way we can expect to win when we only score one run.

  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    Yeh, Werth looses his concentration out there once in a great while and he might be more deserving of the Jeltz Award instead of Howard for this game. Would you not expect Howard to generally have trouble hitting a pitcher like Burnett with all the curves and breaking balls that he throws? I would say that Howard getting the Jeltz exemplifies not only his four strikeouts but also the failures and frustrations of the offense as a whole. When I saw J-Roll first pitch hit fly out to start the game, I kind of had a funny feeling that it was not going to be the Phil’s night.

  • Posts: 0 nate

    the other thing about running on that play, aside from double play possibilities, is that if utley strikes out and they both get the stolen base, it leaves first base open to walk howard and set up the righty righty matchup with werth. how come the infinitely knowledgeable tim mccarver didn’t think about that?

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    mike B. – yeah werth is jeltzable as well but the golden sombero stands out more. The thing that annoyed me was that they were not adjusting to the strike zone which was definitely a pitchers friendly zone that remained consistent until rivera entered which would have be kosher if our two MVPs and Ut received the same star treatment. That being said when the zone is favorable to the pitcher and he’s getting the corners you can’t sit on borderline pitches to work into hitters counts because a certain percentage of them will be called strikes. I mean I wouldn’t exactly describe Burnett’s stuff as all together nasty like Lee and he certainly hung a few of those curveballs. Furthermore he was predictable after a few innings. That 3-2 in the dirt curveball that Jimmy struck out on was so easy to call that I couldn’t believe he got that suckered. Burnett evened the score from early this year,…he made Jimmy look like an ass. That said J-Roll then puts togerther a brillant AB against Rivera in the 8th. Ultimately the line-up needed to be more aggressive after the first time thru in this instance and get more balls in play. The Angels figured that out in the game they took him for 4 runs in the first. I love the knew found plate discilpline but when the strike zone is pitcher friendly they have to take what they are given. Their approach today wasn ‘t well thought out today and they seemed suprised at Burnett two seamer. And also Burnett clearly struggles out of the stretch. Unfortuanately he wasn’t giving many free passes.

  • Posts: 0 george55

    Well it looks like an automatic loss recipe for saturday: that loser Hamels + Petite = phillies loss. Hamels has pitched like crap in the regular season AND playoffs. Our only hope is that hillbilly takes Hamels out early if he allows 2 runs. I say again: He must be taken out if he allows 2 runs within 3 innings or more. Then put Happ in. Petite will be on his game and the phillies will be lucky to get one run maybe 2 off him. Hamels and / or Hamels-Happ combo would have to pitch the games of their life saturday and the phils would have to score 2 or 3 runs to win. I doubt it. Hamels is terrible and he will succumb to the pressure. And he is immature and likes to get emotional and act like a spoiled kid on the mound if he allows a hit or homer or if one of his teammates makes an error. What a guy. .. Trade the F___! He is a one hit wonder. He cannot throw proper pitch location – he has no control and the pitches end up over the plate. That is his problem. Any fly balls the yankees hit in Citizen’s Bank’s band aid box will be homers…all night long. Petite will get the phils to hit ground outs and keep the phils from getting under the ball to hit it out. And with Sabathia due to pitch in game 4, the phils have no chance in this series. Lee may pitch game 5 and the phils win that game but it’s over in Yankee stadium in game six. My prediction saturday: Yankees 6, phils, 2. Done, over, zippo. thanks for comin out.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    2 things –
    With the offense this team has, 3 runs should be nothing to overcome, nothing!
    And Nelson – OMG – Burnett parked that low outside fastball out of reach, out of the strike zone all night long because he was getting the calls –

    It’s true that once you see where the ump is leaning you should be able to adjust but this ball was just out of reach for Howard and co. The Jeltz award should have gone to the umpires with Jeff Nelson as the main recipient.

    That stupid box that Fox would show on the screen for pitch placement – how many times did a called strike not even show up on the TV screen because the ball was so outside??

    BS – we have the Yanks exactly where we want them – even if Cole gives up 4 runs in 5 innings, we need to put up more and we should!

    Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 Moshe B.

    Exercise in contrasts: Yankees bullpen pounded in game 1, Phillies bullpen doing its job in game 2. Impressive strike out of the sides in the ninth for Madson!

  • [...] The Phillies Nation blog sums up Martinez’s effort: When Charlie Manuel announced that Pedro Martinez would get the nod in New York, the script was written, it was just waiting to be performed. [...]

  • Posts: 0 Papa Thompson

    Ironic thing is, the people saying Charlie should have yanked Pedro after the sixth are probably the same people who screamed about Charlie pulling him too early in LA.

    Pedro pitched a great game. Give Matsui credit. He hit a good pitch, down in the zone. Then Pedro started the 7th by totally tying up Hairston, and giving up a cue shot off the end of the bat. He gave up a base hit after that and was done, but he looked good into the 7th.

    It seemed to me that many of the hits he gave up were on two-strike counts, like there might have been a little bit of a focus issue. But I was pleased with Pedro overall. He put up a good performance and got outpitched.

    Where we really left Burnett off the hook IMO is not by looking at too many breaking pitches but by letting him throw so many first-pitch fastballs. I think the line-up, individually, just sort of assumed he’d switch over to throwing curveballs for strike 1 and he was able to sneak fastballs by them all night long.

  • Posts: 0 Papa Thompson

    And the idea that Chase should look at strike three so we can take a major gamble in trying to steal third with a lefty at the plate is utterly ridiculous . Pay attention.

  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Sure we can nitpick every single move Charlie made and it would have been great to be clearly in the driver’s seat up 2-0 going into Philly but, there are a lot of positives that are surfacing. The Yankees offense couldn’t tee off on a guy well past his prime, April-Rod has shown up once again, the Phillies hitters will will show up (they are just too good not to), CC has to have doubts about facing the Phils, and in the 9th when FOX panned into the Phillies dugout the team clearly feels that they can win even when Rivera is on the mound up 2 runs.

    Its going to be a series that will be talked about for many years to come.

    Phils in 7.

  • Posts: 0 Mr. 20/20 Hindsight Genius

    I can’t believe Charlie did not send the runners there. There is no chance of Chase Utley hitting a line drive and one of the players getting doubled up. It’s all Charlie’s fault that the Chase hit the ball where he did. Also, it is Manuel’s fault that Werth got picked off. He should have given him a sign telling him to pay attention to the game. And I can’t believe Charlie did not yank Pedro in the 7th. That is his biggest mistake since pulling Pedro in the 7th in the last game. I just don’t understand why Charlie told his players to only score 1 run. He should have told them to score more runs. He is such a moron.

  • Posts: 0 bob

    I personally would of probably taken Pedro out after 6, he did look like he was tiring. But he did pitch a great game, 6+ 3R on that stage and against that lineup will win games on most nights for this team.

    I am not gonna rip Charlie for not starting the runners in that situation. Hell Utley can hit a line drive right to Cano and inning is over there in that case. Hindsight is 20/20. The fact is we didnt hit the ball well enough to beat them last night.

    Unforunately for us, Burnett was brillant and we didn’t make adjustments at the plate. It was good to see us make some noise on Rivera, he is far from invincible. If Giradi wants to keep throwing him in the 8th and 9th, he’s gonna pay for it.

    We split 1-1, less satisfying when we lost Game 2. But we are in a great spot.

    Hamels v Petitte should be a good one….Cole is due and our lineup is too good to not make the adjustments to hit Petitte.

  • Posts: 0 Scott

    Pedro did not make a mistake with Matsui. That breaking ball was practically in the dirt. Call it a “Yankee Stadium” homer, same as Utley’s first in Game 1.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    It isn’t an automatic running situation on the 3-2 count on Utley. Even if you send them, Howard could have struck out anyway. Pedro was pitching well enough to send him back out there. Gardners hit was a lucky popup to leadoff and Cano’s was a solid hit. I think Cholly wanted to get one more inning to get to Madson in the 8th to face the top of the lineup.

    Neither of the Yankees homeruns were off bad pitches. Both hitters hit decent pitches. Good game by Pedro.

    An interesting stat on the Phils: 4 – 14 all time in the postseason in game 2′s.

  • Posts: 0 bdunf

    Ok Papa who said Utley should be taking before on a 3-2 pitch? You have to start the runners there there’s very little downside to it.

    AS much as I appreciate Stairs for last year he stinks too. All 4 ab’s he got 1st pitch fastballs and all 4 times he took them.

    Cole needs to man up tomorrow

  • Posts: 0 Jed

    No worries guys! Lets win the next three in philly. J-Roll and Phils in 5 just like rollins predicted

  • Posts: 0 cas

    I think we take 2 of the 3 in Philly (losing tomorrow night with Cole) and then head back to the Big Apple. Yankees in 7. Last night was pure frustration, watching just about everyone fail to produce at the plate. I got so angry that I gave up in the 7th inning. It was just too much to take, hearing the Bronx animals howling in victory after leaving early the night before.

  • Posts: 0 Ben

    you guys do realize burnett pitched out of his mind last night. when burnett is on, he’s one of the best in the game. its just that he gets rattled and is rarely on for a whole game.

    the fact is, we ran into a great pitcher, with a generous strike zone, and only lost by two. we also had opportunities against the closer TWICE to either tie or win the game, with one swing of the bat. you can’t ask for much more than that.

    have faith in cole. i just hope the phils can adjust to pettite. pettite is good, but he’s not the same pitcher he was for those 90′s yankees. we can hit him.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I read most of the comments regarding the Utley-runners situation… and I understand your points… but it just seemed so natural to let your two fastest runners run when there’s a full count and 1-out to avoid the DP and keep the inning going. Sure, there’s a chance they could somehow double-up on you or catch Jimmy stealing third, but at least you try and odds are that the best baserunning team in the league will get it done. PLUS, you’d be stealing off a reliever which makes it even easier.

    I’m definitely not blaming Charlie for the loss… but just pointing out something that really stood out to me last night. You managed to get your two fastest runners on base against the best closer in baseball, at least try to get him rattled!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Game 2s aren’t our sharpest… does this sound familiar to anyone??

    “Living up to his catchy monicker, Shields outpitched Brett Myers. Baldelli thwarted a potential Phillies rally with a strong throw, and Tampa Bay took advantage of two costly mistakes by Werth.”

    – I have faith in this team… and I think they’ll come back stronger and more resilient than ever.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I can see BOTH arguments for or against sending Utley. The point is we missed opportunities to score runs in this game and Burnett was awesome. I don’t blame Charlie at all for this game..

    Listen everyone…it’s one game. Even if we lose Game 3, which is a distinct possibility with the Hamels/Pettitte matchup, this series is far from over. Let’s take at least 2 of 3 at home …this thing probably goes at least 6 anyway, which most people have thought all along.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    With a tied 1-1 series, Game 3 will always be the pivotal one… we gotta win that one!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    ^I meant sending the runners……Utley was at the plate…..I’m not thinking straight….the flu bug hit me a little as well the past few days.

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