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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 joedad

    guys,Burnett pitched the game of his life. He wasn’t compelled to challenge anyone so he stayed on the corners or just off. He had goos stuff

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuckles

    Wait until they get to Philly – these fans ain’t seen nothin yet. Remember those cowbells last year and how that came back to bite the Rays? Well Spankee fans, just keep booing and trash talkin.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    thank you pedro, good strong pitching. a tilt up to heaven for your dad and a smile towards those shi**y fans

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Alright maybe this will piss off the Phillies enough to do something….yeah Charlie made a bad decision with leaving pedro in for that inning…now Pedro has to leave too a bunch of boos for a stellar performance

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Stuart….what would you prefer….that smile or a John Rocker attitudinal finger?

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Can’t blame charlie – pedro’s been pitching well and he was facing the bottom of the Yankees lineup. it’s the offense that has failed us big time tonite.

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Wow, seriously guys? Talking about how it’s over, we’re going back to Philly with the series tied, etc.? Have some faith, Mo has blown saves before in the big time, he can do it again.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    @AC…..agreed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuckles

    Nope – it’s not over yet! Let’s go Chan Ho!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    AJ – yes the offense just played to cautiously.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well this inning is utter crappp

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Really blows that Pedro is going to take the lose for this game. He pitched his heart out. It’s a bleeding shame.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Phillies Phaithful let’s get going here! Let’s Go Phillies! Let’s Go Park! Game ain’t over til Harry sings!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    If we control the damage here we can still comeback

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    your wrong. pedro had thrown 100 pitches. charlie just cost us a chance to win. 6 innings was a blessing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuckles

    Whew – good job J Roll

     
  • Posts: 0 Phuck the Phillies

    Hey can I get a score on the game?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    thank you for the gift jeter

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    3-1 scumbags

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    man, we need a double play ball now…haven’t had one at all tonite.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    high hopes! come on now, think positive! just what makes that little old ant think he can move a rubbertree plant….believe, stay strong!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    It aint over yet

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    phuck the phillies where were you yesterday? typical yankee “fan”

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I said if we get pedro through five we did our job. we pushed into 6 but then 7 come on now. that was a bad move

     
  • Posts: 0 Phightin Phor A Repeat

    jeff, go cry to yo b!tch mama when we spank you in the next 3 games to win it all

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    we haven’t won game 2 on the road the first two tries (last year’s World Series and this year’s NLCS) but come on let’s get it on the 3rd try!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuckles

    Got that right Stuart!

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    @Jeff-BS. Pedro wasn’t showing any signs of fatigue, and there was no obvious reason to pull him. Facing the bottom of the order, he’d gone 6 innings giving up just 2 runs and he had looked good. Charlie didn’t cost us the game. I mean, is the game over yet? Last I looked, we’re in the 7th inning, down by 2. How many times have you seen this team come back? We’ve seen Rivera blow saves, and we’ve seen the Phillies come back from down by more than 2 entering the 8th inning. Relax. Damn.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    yankees offense does not scare me. if we score some runs we would be fine.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    oo wow nice DP

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    but not a DP

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    had no idea just what happened…..wow, nice

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuckles

    ALLLEEEEEEEELLUUUUUIIIIIIIAAAAAA!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    we got on there people

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    the announcer keeps saying thats a short hop, i really honestly think he caught it. there is no clear sign that it was short hopped.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Phuck the Phillies….example 1, 2, 3 and 4 of why I despise the Yankees and their fans. Enjoy this game while you can. It’s not over. The Phillies play 27 outs. Never forget it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    what just happen?

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    That’s a gift. He did not catch that ball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    that was very interesting. what are we gonna have a weird DP every game?

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    ok…Ruiz, Rollins and Victorino…let’s get it started.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    that’s “we got one there people”

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Bad call, can’t wait to see how they make up for it.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    jeff, you swore off the Phillies during the season and during the Rockies series so go watch ice capades or whatever it is you said you would watch rather than the Phils, LOL

    A little luck on the Phils side. Bad call by the ump but we’ll take it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    they might reversed it?

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Wait is there seriously a Yankees troll here talking smack already? hahaha

    And we lucked out on that DP call…maybe that’ll get us going and deflate the Yankees now. 2 runs and 6 outs to get them. Definitely possible.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    i think Howard caught it. There is no conclusive proof there it hit the ground. it didn’t look like it hit the ground.

    F the Yankees and Girardi.

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    i think he caught the ball honestly

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    not gong to lie. actually happy to see mo. something new for the phillies. someone new, someone fresh. i think their mindset agaisnt burnett was bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    The offense gets the blame they’ve look pathetic you think they consider sitting feliz…pedro should’t of started the inning not good managing on charlie part there.

     
  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    human error, dont use a slowed down, enhanced picture and then make the umps look bad

     
 
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