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
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



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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    First Street, then Broxton, now it’s only fair we introduce Mo to the greatness that is the Phillies knack for comebacks.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    it kinda looks like it hit the ground, but idk

    damn bad start already

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    JRoll is really good at working the umpire calls, right or wrong. He played it both ways last night, which was impressive.

  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    sit feliz? who would they put in?

  • Posts: 0 Phuck the Phillies

    I was here Stu…haha

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    nice AB jimmy

  • Posts: 0 connie mack

    If you are going to beat the Yankees you have to hit off this guy!!

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice walk Jimmy

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    I predicted a MO blown save. Tonight’s game would count…

  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    way to walk it jimmy.. Great AB. Let’s go Phils. Make it happen!!!

  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    jroll gets this lineup started

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    steal jimmy

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Good job J-Roll

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice job Victorino!

  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Nice…2 on, 1 out for Utley. I like it.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, Chase: Remember how you hit HRs last night? That would be nice if you could do that again.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Dykstra-esque at bat by Rollins

  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    generous strike for rivera… stupid ump

  • Posts: 0 shocked

    amazing that the Phils got another favorable call. Seems to be their “luck” all post season.

  • Posts: 0 Keith


  • Posts: 0 Tracey


  • Posts: 0 Phuck the Phillies


  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    charlie is making some really really really bad moves this game.

  • Posts: 0 Mostone


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  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    fire charlie. first leaves pedro in and then not running two speedy guys. stay out of the double play. dumb hill billy

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Drats…i agree with McCarver the runners should have been going

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    now up to Howard, Werth, and Ibanez

  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Rivera is just good!

  • Posts: 0 Philthadelphia


  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well Utley was safe, oh well

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    utley was safe but we got a break in the last inning. these umps are horrible.

  • Posts: 0 David

    The HGH should help Tex shake that one off.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    It’s funny, NY and their fans keep saying that Philly and its fans are classless, yet the NY Times puts out articles poking fun at the players and various trolls come onto this site and don’t just make posts but make comments about players, use derogatory names for their user name and all around act like the very things they curse Philly fan’s for being.

    If Phillies fans are classless then consider me proud to be a phillies fan.

  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Umps are now even. Only thing terrible is the hitting and running by the beloved Phillies. They look sleepy! C’mon! Let’s Go Phillies! You cannot rest on only ONE victory. The rules require FOUR WINS to get the big trophy!

  • Posts: 0 jt

    Utley looked safe to me…umps strike again cholly should of sent the runners there.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    well we got one the last inning. so karma is balanced. At least we know that Rivera is vulerable. Still three more outs

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Come on now, from everything I read Tex is a good guy.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    3 power hitters up next inning

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Madson, a dp would be nice but stall…let Rivera cool down as much as possible

  • Posts: 0 FillyP


  • Posts: 0 j reed

    come on blow it by this guy

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Did anyone else read that the reason Charlie let Lee pitch the whole game yesterday was that he wasn’t comfortable using Lee on 3 days rest and thus he was willing to let Lee go as long as needed for game 1? Cause Charlie supposedly said that.

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Look at all these worms coming only when there’s a lead. They were buried deep under their rocks last night. LOL.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Madson’s lost a few MPH from his fastball the last few weeks

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    jreed – good tactic. MadDog still got it.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Madson strikes out the side

  • Posts: 0 David, the Mets fan from Queens

    If the Yankees hold on and win, the Phillies will have done what any road team in the World Series must to do stay alive in the series – they split the first two games on the road. Given the said scenario, the Phillies would return home with a series split. The edge, arguably, then goes to the Phillies once they’re back in Citizen’s Bank Park. If the Phillies lose tonight, they’d still be in a great position to take the series.

    Frankly, I don’t care who wins this World Series. I just hope that a fastball “accidentally” lands on Jimmy Rollins’ mouth. A dislocated or broken jaw would keep him from talking anymore bullshit.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Madson looked alright….

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright, what’s gonna happen now?

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