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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

    well that sucked

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    leaving too many runners in scoring position and its getting frustrating

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    why are swinging at so many first pitches? one reason we chase pitches so fast is we usually make them work. only a few at bats tonight we have made them work. most of the other time we have been swinging at first or second pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    They’re playing right into Burnett’s hands by chasing that crap…settle down boys!!

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    relax, relate, release

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Ok Pedro….lets get three up three down, please.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Happ & Durbin warming up

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Jimmy has gotten fooled on that garbage one to many times

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 6 for Pedro

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    They keep striking out on balls burnett keeps throwing in the dirt and they swing at em.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    hmm, come on Pedro

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice job Pedro :D

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Thank you Pedro. Four up three down!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Pedro friggin rocks

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Utley-Howard-Werth let’s go!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    way to go Pedro

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Do you consider this a successful night for Pedro? If he only lasted 5 but gave up 1 run but gave his team a chance to win?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    paranormal activity is not scary, it’s boring.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    I hope he is not finished. A little run support would make is performance really shine. Do not go to pen yet Charlie, please.

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    the heart of the yankees lineup is up next…

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    dugout does not look the same as last night…..loosen up guys! Get your bats swingin’!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    gees we looked bad that inning

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Man oh man, we need some offense! Maybe we’ll get it against their bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    This game is like Pedro’s last start against the dodgers. Where our offense fail to give Pedro some run support and the BP blew the game. Someone is going to score soon.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Ever since Werth was picked off we have looked bad. we lost all energy and yankees have gained a bit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    paranormal activity was awful. We absolutely have to win tonight. I have no confidence in Hamels winning game 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Man Burnett is hanging curveballs all over the place….Howard is being to patient

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    There must be a magnet over the outside corner, or just off it. Very much like the Padilla game in LA, everything on the corners.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    I agree Ed R.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    let’s hope pedro gets some first pitch strikes this inning. not so thrilled by this ump either – couple of bad calls last inning during Howard’s AB.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Regarding Hamels….no negativity please. He needs our support. He knows he’s been shakey. He got us to the show last season. He needs good fan support if he is ever going to have a chance to pitch strong. And that is what we need from him. So Let’s Go Hamels!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Damn Straight Pedro!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 7 for Pedro

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Joedad yeah that’s why i adovcate aggressive AB’s now… Burnett has thrown up some real first pitch cookies. just lean over and kiss the one

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    that’s “just lean over the plate and kiss one”

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 8 for Pedro

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Damn Straight Pedro!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    phuckkkkkkkkk

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Uh Oh!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    crap

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I knew that was coming

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    Ugh, that was a good pitch. He golfed it out of there.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuckles

    CRAP!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Son of a b*tch. Great job Pedro. You gave it your all, our offense just decided not to show up tonight. Damn shame.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    ok. don’t get negative yet. we just need to get our guys going! c’mon Phils…

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuckles

    Let’s get out of this and get those bats smokin!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Not even a HR in CBP

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    maybe we needed the amped up pressure for our offense, we’ll see how they handle their at-bats now

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Really matsui he sucks…offense needs to wake up they look terrible you know$

     
 
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