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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
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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 joedad

    Attaboy Stairs

     
  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    yo roid! what happened

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    well done Matt Stairs. Well done. I love that Damon has the arm of a 5 year old girl.

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    hell yea stairs and ibanez!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Connie: Yeah, I was listening to the local last night, 7 or 8 seconds behind. yuck.

     
  • Posts: 0 85

    Woooo! Opposite way slap hitting – THAT’S why you play Matt Stairs!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lou Brown

    Enough of that ole` bull shit, A-Rod.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    keep hitting it damon’s way lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    When I was coming home tonight, I heard an ad for the radio broadcast, claiming they would be in sync with the TV. Guess not.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    i like that alot

    everybody hits

    wooo hoooo

     
  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    hey tracey, it aligns well with the replay

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    s’okay, got 1, wahoo!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Come on Feliz, at least pretend like you have hit the ball before.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Burnett was untouchable and still the Phils are up 1.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    I’m pretty sure that’s our first hit in the DH spot.

    I don’t think Dobbs or Coste had hits last year and Francisco didn’t have any yesterday.

    If Feliz starts hitting watch out lol.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dan

    I have to come clean. I’m a lifelong Mets fan, and I even tried rooting for the Yankees at the beginning of game 1.

    It lasted 2/3 of an inning.

    The Phillies are just way too gritty and ballsy not to like, or at the very least, appreciate. They remind me of the ’86 Mets. So, there it is. I’ll be supporting the Phils in this WS.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Well with Burnett throwing first strike fastballs, I was actually hoping Feliz would swing at the first pitch

     
  • Posts: 0 Lou Brown

    Yea, the Phillies got a run of Burnett and he has not even had his meltdown yet.

    1210 is a few seconds behind the TV broadcast. 97.5/ 950 is way behind. But they are helpful if you are not getting 1210 in.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Burnett is pounding the corners. I don’t think he’s thrown a hittable pitch yet. It will come.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    pedro looking very concentrated/focused….even relaxed.

     
  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    thanks lou. sometimes it is the tv broadcast that has some delays. but the gap is not good

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    if you go to the non hd channel it is a few seconds behind the hd channel

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 3 for Pedro

     
  • Posts: 0 85

    THAT WAS NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASTY!

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    pedro is looking NASTY!

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    yes! he KNEW he struckout

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    I think A Rod looks like he’s about to have a melt down!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OMFG: the local broadcast on MLB.com is 15 seconds behind the broadcast! That’s outrageous!

     
  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    so all this pedro stuff needs to be replayed

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    This Philles team is hard to root against. They are a really great team. I remember some of them early 2000 teams with players like Abreu, Bell, and Lieberthal, and thinking they were good teams. But there was no player I would root for. They were very unlikeable. But this team is great to watch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE GAME AND NOT PPL MAKING YOUR MOMMA JOKES?!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    This crowd is as quiet as if they were down by 6. What are they going to be like when they are actually down by 6?

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    what the heck that was a STRIKE!

     
  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    joedad, they go home!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    what a catch by RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL

     
  • Posts: 0 85

    RAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLL

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    RAAAUUUUUULLLL!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Rauuuuuuuuuuuul

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Where did the notion that Raul was anything but an awesome outfielder ever come from? The guy has been nothing but solid in every part of the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    RAULLLLLLLLLLLL

    wow thats all i have to say.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    sweet strike

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    giuliani looks like a little troll

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    niceeee

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yes! Got out of that inning 1-0!

     
  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    does pat burrell make that catch in left?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I hope the bullpen is ready, I don’t see the Phils getting much more than 6 innings in tonight. Throwing a lot of pitches. Granted its working out so far but he is definitely not attacking guys but more so dancing around the strike zone and getting guys to chase some bad pitches. So far I am liking it, I just don’t know how long he will last.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    lol @ ray!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yeah, Pedro’s not usually good for a long game. Fortunately, we didn’t use any relievers yesterday, and we won’t need any tomorrow!

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    ED.R – who would u go to first outta the bullpen if he lasts 6 innings prolly?

     
 
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