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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 Keith

    bad Ruiz

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    No Pat the Bat does not make that catch.

     
  • Posts: 0 85

    Boy that curve is good. Dang.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Pat the Bat doesn’t catch that on one hop

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Pat made some great throws from deep outfield, and he was good at getting it off the wall, but no, he doesn’t catch that one.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    woo Jimmy walks

     
  • Posts: 0 85

    Good eye Jimmy… let’s run on this fool!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well whiz it totally depends on the situation. Ask me again after 6 innings. Not trying to be a d*ck but I don’t want to take a total shot in the dark which is basically what I would be doing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    JRoll has this pitcher a little off balance

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    haha understood Ed. i think we could see meyers in this game

     
  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    Anyone think Myers will be back next year?

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    such a slooooower pace then last night

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Jimmy’s toying with him.

     
  • Posts: 0 85

    Jimmy is giving Burnett fits right now. Hope something comes of it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    That crowd noise is strange, it goes on and off like a laugh track, dead silent at times-weird….

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Fox has an amazing schedule on Sunday

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    im not too sure…after they left him off the nlcs roster i was almost certain they wouldnt, now im lil more confused but id understand if they didnt cause he is too much to deal wit sometimes

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Nah – I don’t think Myers is back next year.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    52 pitches and 35 throws to first

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    here we go…pressure Burnett. Jimmy’s coming to git ya, then Chase, then Howard

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Come on Ryan…

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    well this outta be good!!! HIT IT DEEP RYAN!

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    for the love of God…come on, let’s move this game along! estimating 4 hours of sleep tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Someone lost control of their curve ball

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    yea, the break down of burnett is coming soon i think…whoever predicted the 4th could be right, we’ll see tho

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    blah

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    ….or not… Is it me or does Howard look a little out of sorts tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Yeah – this game is in the middle of the third and it’s been over an hour already.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    at least AJs pitch count is going up fast. already over 60 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Come on Big Brown, I was expecting a little more out of you vs a right hander. Oh well, plenty more at bats to go.

    Let’s go Pedro.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Wow, Burnett’s only 32? He looks older than Jamie.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Well, at least we punched up his pitch count. And really, much worse off than the count shows because of all those throws to 1st

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    hes facing a good pitcher in the early innings of the game, no reason for pannicing lol

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Alright pedro hold em down, next inning we get to Burnett

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Howard looked out of sorts yesterday in some at bats but also had 2 hits. He’ll be OK

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Yeah that 1-1 curve ball was a cookie to howard

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Methinks the gig is up on Burnett

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Can’t walk people like Molina

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    not liking the walk to Molina

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    molina is a big dude to be a catcher and squattin’ like that

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 4 for Pedro

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    YES, 2Ks for Jeter!!!! Wahoo!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice job Pedro

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEW!

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    phew

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    I think the Yankees took the Phils a little too lightly.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Atta boy Pedro. Need to keep up with the patient at bats and knock hem into middle relief

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK: what does “all you need is love” have to do with BlackBerry?

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    agreed, i really believe the phillies have the middle relief advantage in this series too

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    I wonder how many good innings Pedro is gonna give us….

     
 
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