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Burnett Burns Phils, Yankees Even Series

Posted by Jason Bintliff, Thu, October 29, 2009 11:41 PM | Comments: 171
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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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Jason Bintliff is a Phillies season ticket holder and avid fan for 28 years. He was a former free lance writer and contributor to various baseball blogs. He is also the proud son of the owner of Lena Blackburns Baseball Rubbing Mud.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    10 days watching video…..while he’s cleaning up baby poop….

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    cas: I noticed that “7 wins” comment too… But instead of saying “Duh!” I said “IDIOT!!!!”

     
  • Posts: 0 Past Blast

    Here’s a classic.

    # shag beta sigma delta Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    It is nice to see the Phillies made all you Moyer haters happy(Geoff), can not wait to see what you will have to say when Pedro gives up 6 runs in 4 innings on 9 hits 2 walks and 2 K’s. Moyer will be back in the rotation by September, and go back to pitching 6 or 7 innings and giving up 3 or 4 ER and you will still hate him, and say how bad he is. But you got to let Pedro pitch one maybe two starts before we can send him away with his million dollars. Then we will not have to worry about who to send down when Myers comes back. Here is your shot Pedro I am hoping I am very very wrong here, but I know deep down I probably am not

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Chuck – that’s backwards. It makes more sense that he has he lost his mojo because he hasn’t had the same results as last year for the aforementioned reasons and some bad luck. Both Lee and Lineceum after their Cy Young years both developed new pitches…Lee a cutter and Linececum a change-up. Why? Because they knew they would be in every batter’s cross hairs the following. Even CC developed that change-up after yet another dismal play-off which was due partly to overuse but that he didn’t really have a viable off speed out pitch for right handers. That being said he needs to use what he has now and do it with conviction….Burnett did it last night. He really need to amp up that FB…christ he’s 25 and the median age of the yankees is 35. He needs to stop painting and throw, at this point in the season he can blow it by alot of these guys.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4609363

    Charlie said Blanton in game 4. Apparently he doesn’t want to pitch Lee on short rest even though Lee said he would do it. Not sure I really get this decision at all but whatever.

     
  • Posts: 0 cas

    Cole said at the beginning of the season that he hadn’t followed his usual training regimen during the off-season because he’d been making appearances, etc., after being MVP of both the Series and the NLCS. He said then that if we lost the division by one game, it would be his fault. Hopefully, without all the accolades, he can do his usual working out and develop a new pitch in the off-season this year and start with a clean slate in 2010. Just hope it doesn’t cost us another ring.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Yeah well in my mind, if Cole can pitch us to victory tomorrow night then that will make up for his season of disappointment, for him and us. And then this off season he needs to dedicate to developing a new pitch. A cutter would be good, or he could try and get his curveball to I don’t know…curve.

     
  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Ed. R.
    Lee has never pitched on short rest in the Majors.

    I’m sure he would do it cause he’s a gamer. But as a manager, you don’t ask a player, especially a pitcher, to change his routine for the first time ever in the middle of the World Series. That’s setting up his best pitcher to fail.

    Blanton is perfectly capable of winning a game for us.

    And Game 5 will be critical — no matter where the series is at. I like saving our best pitcher for that game on regular rest.

    I think Charlie made the right call.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Sure Lee said he would do it….but that doesn’t mean he should…

    The bottom line is we need to win one of the next 2….which I thnk we will…which sets up a FULLY RESTED Lee in a Game where the Phillies can go up 3-2….

    and who knows….maybe we steal BOTH of the next 2…..not out of the question….that then puts Lee in a WS winning game..

    I like the decision….don’t count Blanton out.

    Hamels….he DOES need to use what he has now with conviction…problem is I don’t he’s trusting enough of what he has…hopefully he 1) digs a little deeper for tomorrow and 2) the offense can get to Pettitte….

    if both happen…Phils up 2-1….with momentum..

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott

    I’m feeling pretty confident. Phils have dropped Game 2 now in three straight series, each time after a scoring a bunch of runs in Game 1. It’s some kind of dysfunctional pattern. They play better under pressure, feeling chased.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    four straight postseason series too when you include the World Series from last year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I’d rather have Lee going twice than Lee going once. This decision (and it may not be strictly Chollie’s decision) is not good news for the Phils. Joe Blanton is a mediocre righty who will be pummeled by the Yanks.

    Game 3 is a must win for the Phils with Sabathia vs. Blanton in Game 4. The pressure is all on Cole Hamels.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bill Milles

    Might the Yankees use germ warfare? I’ll be very suspicious if none of them come down with the flu. The Phillies arrival at Yankee Stadium coincides with the incubation period for the flu.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    My Yankee friends are in from N.Y. for the weekend. So me and my brother have to watch Games 3-5 and the Eagles/Giants game with them. Hopefully we’ll be sending them home with 2009 World Champion Phillies T-Shirts! About the game: I’m sure everything has already been said. I agree with Jeff. Charlie bleeped up big time. Pedro was money last nite. But Charlie went too far. He should’ve pulled Pedro for Eyre or Happ in the 6th to face Matsui. Allowing Pedro to go out for the 7th was one of the dumbest managerial moves in the W.S. I have here seen live. A.J. was great, but he got some help with off the plate strike calls. Same with Mo in the 8th. But we got a gift in the 8th on the blown DP call so it was a wash. I tip my hat to A.J. because I was sure we’d crush him. Cole scares me, but if we win tomm. I think C.C. folds on Sunday and we win this thing in 5. If the the Yankees win they’ll be a lot of xtra pressure on Joe Blanton of course in Game 4.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I meant the bottom of the 7th for that DP call. I still can’t believe Charlie allowed Pedro to face Matsui in a 1-1 game after he pulled a miracle by striking out Tex/A-Rod back-to-back. Damn Charlie!

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    So you know Past Blast, I have already posted how wrong I was after his first couple of starts that did not get rained on, and again after the LA game. I ate my crow, and am happy I was wrong, but if you look at a lot of people who post on here that said the season was over after every losing series, and even in the post season saying they would not win. So I am not the only one. But I am glad I made an impression on you.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Bill Miles – you know, as a mystery buff, I thought the same thing. As conspiratorial as it sounds I wouldn’t put it pass them. Jeter had the flu (common cold, not the real influenza) back in the Angels series. I just can’t help myself with the Yankees…they represent all things slimey that slithers in Wall Street. They remind me of the money barons of the Gilded Age.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    HK – that’s a good point about Matusi….I was still pissed at how little our bats adjusted to Burnett to pay attention. But your right that was the time to pull Pedro. That’s Charlie’s Achilles heel …when to pull his pitcher. Also I’d throw Dubee under the bus as well because everyone knows Charlie’s all about hitting…pitching, not so much.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Fat Manuel should of taken Lee out with a 6-0 lead. he is just a dumb manager. if he only through 90 pitches he would be fine. this is bad managing. we lose this series with blanton and hamels going.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Dude, Jeff… enough

     
  • Posts: 0 keng

    pedro is just the man!!!! what a gem he pitched!! – and that he held that line up to what he did when there back was that far against the wall – after being humiliated the night before – in their new stadium – with all the hype – is fankly a tremendous testament to the fact that this guy is STILL one of the most dominating pitchers in the game!! – u can not take a thing away from him!!! – and good hitters are sometimes going to hit – no matter how good the pitch!! – now lets gettim’ in game 3!!!!!!!!!!! – go cole!! – go phils!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Philsgirl

    Pitching – not necessarily quality of (which even with the best of our pitchers is hot and cold), but when to pull vs. how long to keep in, and choice of whom to put in – has been the bane of our existence personified in the form of one Charlie Manuel. Now, I was relegated to watching the game without sound through a glass at a Japanese restaurant with an obnoxious Yankees crowd next to me, so correct me if I’m wrong, but it seemed like when Charlie finally did pull Pedro, he made a trip to the mound, *didn’t* pull him, and Pedro had to stand there looking like the most miserable poor guy in the world, purposely, until Charlie finally climbed back up the stairs and let him leave. Then we saw a big Pedro smile and rightfully so – he did a fabulous job against a Yankees team and crowd who thought they could eat him alive but frankly, had he come out a little sooner and had our offense stepped up, the domination photo on both cities’ front pages (well, maybe not NY’s, they’re way too arrogant and obnoxious) would have been his. This kind of management worked for us in the regular season only over a very long haul, and we probably could have had a Yankees numbers kind of a season and certainly best NL record without combined pitching (esp bullpen) weakness and waiting until we were *losing* to pull pitchers.
    OK, so that’s off my chest. And I will not mention RISP. I will not.
    So speaking of pitching, no one wants us to repeat more than I do, but Cole scares the living scrap out of me. If he manages to pitch well, *this* year and in *this* post season, and we find some way to win this game (which we must do), someone please come hunt me down with a huge crow and a big knife and fork. Cole, it’s about the team and the city, it’s not about you. No one on the team is going to feel sorry for you if you give up a scrapload of runs and throw your glove around the dugout. You can be a winner, though. We know you’re capable of it – we don’t necessarily expect it anymore, but we’re hoping for it and we need it. Night game, CBP, hopefully moon aligned correctly for you. And for all of you guys who want him to develop at least one additional pitch next year, point taken, but we’ve gotten to this point *this* year, did that seem easy? Surely we’re not taking for granted we’ll be here again next year. And I know this was mentioned over and over, but it’s what worries me most about who we’ve got coming up in the next two games – the ol’ real estate mantra (the tapes of Lee and Burnett show it well) – location, location, location.
    Anyone else got fingernails down to the bone for this weekend?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Manny I second that…Jeff stand by your team and get off the pity pot. Seriously, pull Lee…the guy made history, that was the stuff of legend.

     
  • Posts: 0 metsfan

    Why can’t you win this time? come on do something good for once.

     
  • Posts: 0 metsfan

    I think the Mets will get both halladay and holliday. What do you people think?

     
  • Posts: 0 Yankees have 27 rings

    Phillies suck! why the hell is there a Met fan here. Did you know they lost 90 games ha ha ha ha ha!!!! both the Phillies and Mets combined didn’t win as many rings as the yanks how enbarrasing. HAHA

     
  • Posts: 0 Yankees have 27 rings

    The reason why we lost 90 games was beacuse of injuries. Who knows what would have happend if the players acctually played.

     
  • Posts: 0 Yankees have 27 rings

    I know thats what you are going to say ha!

     
  • Posts: 0 Yankees have 27 rings

    The reason why you have more won more world series than us is beacause you have a big pay roll . and that is what the Phillies fans will say ha ha ha ha ha. You know what I have to you all Boo hoo hoo! ha ha ha ha ha ha

     
  • Posts: 0 Mets fan

    That is right. If the Mets wern’t injured they could have done better.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mets fan

    Boo hoo hoo

     
  • Posts: 0 Yankees have 27 rings

    Thats right you should cry a$$ hole

     
  • Posts: 0 mets fan

    I’m noy crying I just thought it was stupid what you wrote. I was mocking you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Yankees have 27 rings

    How is that mocking me?

     
  • Posts: 0 mets fan

    Are you that stupid?

     
  • Posts: 0 yankees have 27 rings

    no your just an idiot.The Yankees are the most succesfull professinal team. and you just can’t take it. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

     
  • Posts: 0 mets fan

    f*** you!!!! Yankees didn’t win 27. so ha ha ha ha ha f*** you

     
  • Posts: 0 yankees have 27 rings

    no fuc* you They are going to win 27.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    I’m gonna go on a limb and say that both the yankees and mets fan are the same person and are just really bored and have no life at the moment, oh well lol.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mets fan

    OK b!tch, The Phillies will win three in a row. so then you will have 26

     
  • Posts: 0 yankees have 27 rings

    That won’t happen. Even if it does thats still 24 more than what you have.

     
  • Posts: 0 yankees have 27 rings

    Hey keith, How many rings do the phillies have??? and how many do the yankees have?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mets fan

    no one cares about the rings the yankees have. most of us don’t remember them.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mets fan

    Keith why can’t you answer. I’m going to leave good bye

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ^I think u made a mistake there.

     
  • Posts: 0 yankees have 27 rings

    ????? how stupid mets fan why can’t you answer instead you chicken out

     
  • Posts: 0 yankees have 27 rings

    Yeah I know now he has to answer my question ha ha ha ha ha ha.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    You’re the same person, get on with your life.

     
  • Posts: 0 yankees have 27 rings

    people from queens aren’t that bright. That comment didn’t make sense why would he want the yankees to look good lol

     
  • Posts: 0 yankees have 27 rings

    I’m the same person! your just as dumb as the met fan. I thought you can only make one name anyway.

     
 
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