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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 Keith

    alright Werth

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Here comes that 4th you predicted, Ed!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    They definitely need to get some runs up for Pedro this inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    what the hell Werth?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    oof

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    werth has to slide on that.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    SH*T

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    this inning went from good to bad real fast.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Tracey, until you pointed it out, I had no idea that was a blackberry commercial and I’ve heard/seen it 50+ times

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well it started off so well and then Werth just got caught leaning too far…he should have gotten back but it honestly wasn’t the worst base running mistake ever.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    crap

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Mistakes CANNOT be made against that team! UGH!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Well werth completely brain farted there…we had Burnett

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Joedad: The song says “all you need is love,” but the commercial is telling you that what you actually need is an expensive techie toy.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    it was an amazing play by Molina but bad baserunning by Werth

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Pedro hold on baby for one more inning

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    phuck goes the lead

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Aw, crap

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    ugh

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Wasn’t a bad pitch or in a bad location.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    We weren’t going to win this 1-0…just move on. Let’s get our bats going.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    they are starting to hit arod hard, and this field is not big enough to keep them in. i have a feeling this game is about to turn bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Well i guess you can’t keep Teixeria down for ever. Damn no run support for Pedro again

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Everybody……focus now…..focus! Focus Pedro! Listen to Chooch! Let’s Go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    ut oh come on Pedro

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 5 for Pedro

    let’s go Feliz, Ruiz, and Rollins!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Very happy with Pedro. Offense…..not so much! Got to get at that pen!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Beautiful job by pedro…he is pitching a gem.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    Pedro and Burnett are just about dead even in every stat so far. They are even within 2 pitches of each other (75 for Pedro, 73 for AJ).

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, we kept them down to one run. Now let’s show them what the bottom of the order can do!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Come on Feliz, start us off right. Give us something to work with. Please.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Time for some offense…

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Yeah this is getting a bit tiresome with Burnett…Put this clown down boys.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Feliz just sucks this postseason

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Agreed. Pedro has so far pitched well but he has only pitched 4 innings so far. Let’s see if he can give us 2 more. Hopefully we can get a lead back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Ruiz!

    thought that was gonna be a HR

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    CHOOCH!

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    CHOOOOOOOCCCHHH

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    CHHHHOOOOOOCCCCCHHHHH!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    God forbid Pedro gets on ahead of Senor Octubre. Come on J-Roll. Do us all pround.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Attaboy Cooch

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    God forbid Pedro gets on ahead of Senor Octubre. Come on J-Roll. Do us all proud.

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    the announcers have no elevation in their voice on big hits, completely suck

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Come on now Clutch Rollins

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    getting ~wild~

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    blahh

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    ugh – jimmy

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    crapola!

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    rats, darn it

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Seems like we all very seriously underestimated what Burnett was going to bring to the table tonight. That and our top two hitters in the order are not exercising that much patience.

     
 
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