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World Series Gameday: Phillies at Yankees, Game 2

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, October 29, 2009 05:57 PM | Comments: 443
Posts, World Series 2009

YankeesPhiladelphia Phillies (1-0) at New York Yankees (0-1)

Pedro Martinez, RHP vs. A.J. Burnett, RHP

Time: 7:57 p.m at Yankee Stadium
Weather: Clear, 50
TV: FOX
Twitter: Phillies Nation

That couldn’t have gone much better.  Cliff Lee was superb in a complete-game six hitter against the Yankees in Game 1 in New York.  Not many pitchers can pull off a feat as monumental as that, but Lee was focused from the get go after striking out Derek Jeter to begin the festivities.

Pedro Martinez takes the ball in Game 2.  If you said in April (hell, even July) that Pedro Martinez would be starting in the second game of the World Series AGAINST THE YANKEES, someone probably would have smacked you.  My how the baseball world turns.

Martinez will look to win his seventh postseason game tonight against A.J Burnett.  Pedro called himself “the most influential player” to ever play at Yankee Stadium, and now he must back up that claim.  For his career, he has face New York six times in the postseason (five starts) and has allowed 18 earned runs over 35 1/3 innings of work (4.60 ERA).  Pedro has called the Yankees “his daddy” before, but let’s hope the roles are reversed tonight.

A.J. Burnett is not as familiar with the spotlight as Pedro Martinez, and has had his ups and downs during his first trip to the postseason.  Burnett got knocked around by the Angels in his latest start, going six innings while allowing six earned runs over eight hits.  The 32-year old throws hard, but has been known to miss the plate a time or two.  In the regular season, Burnett had 17 wild pitches, the most in the American League, and in the playoffs he has already walked 10 batters in 18 1/3 innings.

With that said, the Phillies need to use the same patience they showed with C.C. Sabathia last night.  Burnett’s pitch counts will spike if he’s wild from the get go, which could very well happen in this high pressure situation.  With the Yanks down a game already, Burnett has some weight on those shoulders.

Chase Utley gave the offense a shot last night, belting two home runs off of C.C., who had previously given up just three jacks this whole season to lefty hitters.

For the Yankees this evening, you will not see right fielder Nick Swisher in the starting lineup. Late word out of New York is that Swisher has been benched in favor of Jerry Hairston Jr. Jose Molina takes over for Jorge Posada at catcher, as he normally does with A.J. Burnett.

According to the twitter of Andy Martino, Greg Dobbs was sent back to Philadelphia with the flu, giving the Phillies one less bench option.

Matt Stairs is your DH tonight, taking over for Ben Francisco with a right hander on the hill for N.Y.

Phillies. Yankees. Game 2. Let’s do it.

Phillies Lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Stairs (DH), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C).

Yankees Lineup: Jeter (SS), Damon (LF), Teixeria (1B), Rodriguez (3B), Matsui (DH), Cano (2B), Hairston Jr. (RF), Cabrera (CF), Molina (C).

PresidenteYour Gameday Beer – Presidente
In honor of tonight’s Phillies starter, we’re serving up the Dominican Republic’s most popular domestic beer. Like other Caribbean beers, Presidente has the appearance of an American Light Pilsner. The taste is that of a macrobrew with corn and grain being the predominant flavors and skunked being the predominant aroma. However, if you have a cold Presidente on a hot Dominican day, there are few things finer. Eat it with as much shrimp as you can get your hands on. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 hotstove

    GO PHILLIES, Vote for Pedro. Time to go up 2-0 on the Yanks

     
  • Posts: 0 vendor71

    Wait til you see the Yanks lineup for tonight. Looks like they’re gonna try to beat Pedro with only 6 hitters and 18 outs. The bottom of the order is pathetic, by playoff standards.

     
  • Posts: 0 vendor71

    Uh oh…Dobbs just got sent home with the flu and Matty will take his place at DH tonight. Looks lie Charlie has a short bench to deal with.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kennedy

    Hmm, Phillies vs. a Hard throwing righty. How does this usally end, I haven’t seen many games?

     
  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    game 2 1 hour 6 minutes away, nice to be home for the whole thing. Pedro is pitching with house money tonight, would not be surprised if he hits A-Rod his first at bat, not saying he should or will but just that I would not be surprised if it happened. Should be another good game either way. Would love to take 2 on the road.
    What is up with NY line up, how has it changed from last night. Pasada DH, Malina behind the plate, is Swisher out of RF? Post it if you know it

     
  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    sorry did not notice it at the bottom of the post I am an idiot. Harriston instead of .123 Swisher and we all knew Pasada would be out. Hopefully Pedro pitches well and the bats start hitting right away.
    One Hour left, and for you wine drinkers out there there is a red wine call Bastardo, and it is actually really good, may be the drink for next season. Notice not a lot of those Yankee fans here today, especially the ones who were saying how much bette CC was then Cliff.
    I will take Cliff, behind the back, tap you on your ass, basket Catch, Lee this year in the Playoff and the WFS.
    It is not over by a long shot, but two in the Bronx would be nice, even if I do have tickets to game 5

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Check out the today’s Yankees lineup’s career numbers against Pedro. Not too impressive.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Kennedy- yeah…I was thinking of the top flight righties we beat…
    Dan Haren, Adam Wainwright, Rich Harden, Umbaldo Jimenez, Beckett, Josh Johnston, Linececum….oh and Burnett to name a few.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    let’s go PHILLIES!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Is anyone gonna call a shot tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Didn’t we beat Jurgins at least once?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    hmm, the Philly version is better hehe.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    concert plus baseball in NYC? anything to switch up the luck, huh?

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Anyone think that Pedro is going to come out and just shut down the yankees to shut everyone up?

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    I like that Charlie is putting him out there. I like how Pedro is sort of smack talking. I think he is protecting his team from a lot of media attention. That allows for more focus on the game. Good teamwork Charlie and Pedro!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    LOL did anyone see howard yell at the announcer when he tried to get a comment from him…….I gotta get ready for the game!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Stu

    Howard goes deep twice tonight. Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 hotstove

    LETS GO PHILLIES

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Here We Go!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    Hope Matt Stairs rips one tonight!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Patience, patience and patience. He will groove one.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    s’okay j-roll

     
  • Posts: 0 scooter

    Anyone know a site to watch the game online? Go phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    12 pitches for Burnett

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    If the ump is consistent, he will have a wide strike zone which helps Pedro.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    we need to be more patient at bat

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Here you go Pedro!

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    watch out for utley in this game, utley is good at hitting inside pitches that a.j. is throwing tonight so far

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    can’t wait to stifle that chant!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Pedro K # 1

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    I was just typing pedro doesnt look sharp, but then he looked pretty good there.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Pedro K # 2

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    There is so much pressure on the Yankees tonight. Pedro out there makes it even more so

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    2 k’s for the first 2 batters!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    1-2-3 inning for Pedro :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok guys, we got a game with the Yankees tonight. And that only means one thing! Bad News for the Yankees!

     
  • Posts: 0 zeke

    As a Red Sox, fan, I admit it’s great to see Pedro off to a good start. We have fond memories of him up here. Glad to see his return after those Mets years.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    So which inning will Burnett have his meltdown? I am going for the 4th inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I was thinking 5th

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Werth gonna have a goog good night

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    we need Harry Kalas in here

    how the feck are we going to win without him?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I’m thinking the 4th. The Phillies hitters need to step out more, maybe get a guy on base who can do some dancing, throw Burnett off his game and then it becomes interesting.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    woo double for Rauuuul

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    RAUUUUUUULLLLL!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Nice 2 bagger Raul!!!

    Now let’s get a single and we have a lead….can Stairs even hit singles?

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Atta boy Rauul

     
  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    Trying to listen to phillies announcers, they delay is a killer. But Tim McCarver can be equally annoying

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Stairs!

    1-0 Phillies :D

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YES!!! PHILS SCORE FIRST BLOOD!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I’ll take it!

     
 
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