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World Series Gameday: Yankees at Phillies, Game 3

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, October 31, 2009 06:55 PM | Comments: 479
Gameday 2009, Posts, World Series 2009

YankeesNew York Yankees (1-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-1)

Andy Pettitte, LHP vs. Cole Hamels, LHP

Time: 7:57 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Few Showers, 69 degrees
TV: FOX
Twitter: Phillies Nation

When asked if this year felt “more like a World Series” compared to last year’s, Jimmy Rollins responded: “when we get to Philly, it will.”  The Fall Classic moves to the city of brotherly love with the series split at a game apiece.  The Phillies are 11-1 at home in the postseason since 2008.  “It makes it a lot more fun, because you know they’re your fans, and you know how that sound can echo off your ears when they’re not your fans,” Rollins said.

Cole Hamels starts defending his World Series MVP award tonight, but he isn’t going to win back-to-back MVPs unless he has an outstanding start tonight.  His 2008 postseason heroics are almost forgotten with his 1-1, 6.75 ERA during this year’s playoffs.  Cole has allowed 20 hits in 14.1 innings, but has only allowed two walks.  Not only does he need to limit the hits, but Hamels needs to keep the ball in the yard.  In his career against the Yankees, Hamels is 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA.

Hamels will be opposed by Andy Pettitte, the all-time leader in postseason wins and career pickoffs.  Pettitte is a finesse pitcher, not overpowering;  however, he has stretches where he lacks command.  In all of his starts this postseason, the lefty lasted 6.1 innings and did not allowed more than three runs.  In May, Pettitte allowed four runs over seven innings against the Phillies.  He hasn’t pitched at Citizens Bank Park since 2006.

On Thursday, A.J Burnett was magnificent, and there wasn’t much that the Phillies could do.  Today, the right-handed bats will need to step it up, as Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez are a combined 8-for-37 against Pettitte.

Phillies lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C), Hamels (P).

Greg Dobbs is available after recovering from the flu.

Yankees Lineup: Jeter (SS), Damon (LF), Teixeira (1B), A-Rod (3B), Posada (C), Cano (2B), Swisher (RF), Cabrera (CF), Pettitte (P).

No DH tonight, Yankees.

Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin PorterYour Gameday Beer – Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter

On a night like tonight, this is the beer you need. Brewed by Midnight Sun Brewing out of Alaska, this thick dark beer pours like melted chocolate. However neither the chocolate nor pumpkin flavors are overwhelming. The scents of molasses, gingerbread, and roasted malts help to polish this brew into something delicious. It goes well with BBQ, but tonight have it alongside the candy intended for trick-or-treaters. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    First of all, I’m not a sore loser and I’m not flipping out either. The call is wrong. Watch the replay its not going out of the park. And the umps are on the field at 1:25, but out at 1:45 signaling a home run. How do you think that is fair? It isn’t. It doesn’t matter what the final score was the game was close enough for it to go either way if they get the call right. The umps cheated by making up a rule before the game that Charlie did not know about. Phillies fans should be upset and it isn’t a bad call to let go already. It was a wrong call and the way they went about it was cheating. When they came out so quickly I knew there was cheating involved.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Its not about letting it go or calling people a sore loser. The call is wrong. You don’t make a call like that in 15 seconds which is what the umps did. And you don’t know that the final score would have been 6-5. You don’t put first runs on the board for a team, you make them earn it and we do not deserve this as a team which has played great all year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    If Cole wants to be the Ace of the staff, he needs to be able to go out and deal with crap like that. Everytime ANYTHING happens to Hamels, he flips out, and it over. PERIOD. If he wants to be the Ave of the staff, he needs to be able to put that behind him, and get it done, he simply can not. He gets rattled, and it batting practice.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Cole didn’t pitch that bad??? Really? What game were you watching?? It was 3-2. Lead off double off his junk curve when he was doing just fine w/o using it. Out. Followed by another junk curve to a pitcher. Base hit/rbi. Tie game. Walk. 2 run double to a lefty in Damon that was struggling big time. Garbage performance. Stop with the BS…

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    The only one still posting and ranting about the bad call which I agree with a very bad call, is you. Most everyone else is upset with it, but is discussing the other portions of the game which needs help. i.e. Howard striking out 7 times in 2 games, the bullpen also sucking it up, every time Hamels gets rattled its batting practice. It was a bad call, the game is over, the Yankees won, the Phillies Lost, the series is NOT over. I sure the Phillies put this lost behind them and look at the next two games IN PHILLY for what it is, and home field advantage.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Cole had a shutout with 2 outs in the 4th, unless they give Texiera a base. With A-Rod’s double it is man on 2nd and 2 out, or 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Its not BS, the call is wrong. And Cole still didn’t get hit hard after that, it was a couple of bloop hits.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    I’m not ranting I’ve been a Phillies fan for 30 years. I like the Yankees too and I like A-Rod, I root for A-Rod and I really like how the Yankees are playing this year. I do not like umps cheating and doing it very quickly. 20 seconds? You think that is fair. It isn’t and the ball was not going out of the park. They reversed that call in less than 20 seconds and put the first runs on the board for the Yankees. This call is similiar to the Steelers Cardinals SuperBowl how they decided so quickly to give the call to the Steelers. No way a call like that is reversed that quickly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    at least you’re making us all laugh… i kinda newed it right now. Andy had one bad inng and then he settled in. Cole had a bad inning aided heavily by a blown call. Then he implodes the following inning. C’mon Son!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    And because of “a couple of bloop hits” he gave up 3 runs in the 5th. If the Phillies had lost by 1, I would be seriously flipping out to no end, but really, they lost by 3. MAYBE Queen Cole could have gotten out of the 4th and 5th if it was called the correct way, but fact of the matter is, its over, it happened, IF the rest happened the way it had turned the Phillies still lose. Again, the ONLY one still flipping out (yes I said flipping out is only ONE user on here.) the game is OVER the Series is NOT over.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Its not that the call is wrong, it is how they went about it. All 6 umps called it a double. All umps are on the field at 1:25 before the play is reviewed, they are out at 1:45 signaling home run in a game where we are at home and leading 3-0, and they give it to A-Rod and the Yankees that quickly, that is what I do not like. If it happened to Feliz, or Swisher or Cano they wouldn’t have been out in 20 seconds. Because it is A-Rod and the Yankees they give them the call in less than 20 seconds.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    You can say it is over and this and that, but in this day and age they way they went about the call is wrong. When they came out that quick and said HR, I knew something was wrong. It is not the call itself, it is the way they went about it, and it was total nonsense. I am not losing a game like that, have the Yankees win without that call and I am happy. Either way I am happy. But it is the same thing in the Twins Yankees game, Mauer’s ball was way in, and they called it out, and I was rooting for the Yankees. I don’t like when umps or refs do that.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    If you don’t say anything about it or protest calls like this will happen forever and they have been doing it sports for a while now. They favor certain teams. If you just say ‘Oh well” bad call move on, that is one thing, but not on a call like this.
    We got a break in Game 2 when the ball bounced into Howards glove and they said he caught it on the fly, but that was a very tough call to make. Here they are saying that it is a HR by what they umps decided before the game withouth Charlie’s knowledge, not by the trajectory of whether it would have cleared the fence or not, that is why I do not like the play.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Well I dont “hate” the Yankees, but definately do NOT like A-Roid. LOL. He was caught and even after he was caught, and his cousin dimed him out he still lied about it. Oh well. Lets just hope the Phillies have a short memory. Harry Kalas had the point dead on. “Cole had a bad inning aided heavily by a blown call. Then he implodes the following inning”. TRUE it was a blown call, but lets move on, and hope the Phillies have moved on. I dont disagree with you about it, but its over. its in the past. No point in getting an ulcer and living in the past. thats my point. My point is NOT that your frustration is not warranted, or not that I disagree, my point it lets look forward to what is still seriously home field advantage. Game 2 and game 3 were both MUST WINS for the Yankees, now, 4 and 5 are must wins for the Phillies.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    mets88 – i am a very greatful fan….We have endured plenty of heartbreak over the years. I am still happy about last year….I suppose playing the Yankees puts aliitle more sting into the loss. But keep in mind that this team was built from scratch with a few extra personnel added in this year. It had alot of growing pains it went thru and all of us fans went thru it with them. My dad died just before getting see the our WS victory. For years he always said this team would go on to to great things and each year for long awhile they came up short. He died the year before we made it back to the play-offs in ’07. It was another 1 or 2 games short scenario…I remember breaking the news to him in the hospital that they came up short again. He was in the terminal phase of his lung cancer. I ‘ll never forgot watching the fight drain from his eyes with that news. It was heart wrenching…so believe me I am grateful for all this. It doesn’t mean that I don’t grumble about things. I am a fan after all and that’s what fans do. Doesn’t mean that I think they didn’t deserve to lose tonight…they did put up 5 runs and that’s at least a respectable loss.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    What I am saying is that the umps didn’t rule it a HR because they checked the replay and figured by the trajectory that it was going out. They called it a HR, because supposedly the umps made a rule that if a ball hit a camera in the outfield it would be a HR, but Charlie didn’t know about it. It is straight up cheating anyway you look at it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Its the Yankees, they are ALWAYS favored. PERIOD. MLB ALWAYS wants the Yankees to win. In MLB’s eyes, the only reason professional baseball lasted this long is because of the Yankees.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Again, I agree with what you are saying. The ONLY thing I HATE about the Yankees if the absolute love affair with that team regardless of what happens. IF the same happened to ANY other team in MLB, it would have been a double.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    I am very grateful for this Philies team and I love the Phillies, listened to almost every game on WCAU in the 1980′s. The thing is, it is not over. Because there is cheating going on in sports and if you don’t do something about it, it will continue to happen.
    This is what I think happened and why it was cheating.
    The umps and ground crew decided to put cameras over the outfield fences and in play. If not, then why are the cameras over the outfield fence? Kruk got very mad about this. The camera should not have been there. Now, they made up a rule before the game that Charlie didn’t know about. What I’m saying is that if a Phillie hit a camera, the umps could have come out and said they made up a rule before the game that if a ball hit an outfield camera it would be in play, and nobody would know anything about it, because Charlie didn’t know.

    So I think they put the cameras over the outfield fence on purpose to give the Yankees an edge. It a Yankee hits it, its an automatic HR, if a Phillie hits it, it is a double because that is the rule they made up before the game. No matter what rule they made before the game Charlie didn’t know about, so they put the cameras over the outfield fence to give the Yankees an extra edge becuase if a ball hits it they will call it however they want to.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I’ll give you the Twin’s blown call. But the Phils got some very favorable calls in big spots throughout their current playoff run. Bleep happens. But it’s how you deal with it if a blown call doesn’t end the game that determines your character. I agree Cole had good stuff tonite. But he was not intelligent in his approach. It’s sad because if he had ditched than junk curve or used it in better spots the tone of this bpard would be completely different rigtht now. We just have to find a way to win Game 4 some how. Charlie has to go all out and use his Bp more often and in better spots. Because most likely Lee goes the distance in Game 5 regardless. It won’t be easy, but a win tomm and we can still win this series in 6 games.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    That’s all I’m saying and to me it is not a Yankees win.
    Why is the camera in the field of play and over the fence in the first place? Doesn’t make any sense.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    On balls and strikes calls are always questionable. I don’t like it in sports when they make calls like they did tonight on the HR. A-Rod is saying yeah it was a HR because he hit the camera. Since when does hitting a camera mean an automatic HR, the ball has to clear the fence.
    Only in games where teams are given secret edges that give umps a chance to throw a game for them. 15 seconds the umps are in and out, that is total cheating.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Shameful for the camera to be there in the 1st place. Very arrogant as well. The blown call on the 3-2 pitch didn’t help either. And we just gained an extra hour to mull over it. Thanks Moon!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    I’m just more about a fair and balanced game that exactly who wins and who loses. If the Phillies got that call I wouldn’t like it either, because I want to win fair and square.

    They are saying it is a HR, not because it would have cleared the fence, but because they supposedly made up a rule before the game and Charlie was not aware of it. That is why Phillies fans should be upset, and that is why it is cheating.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Maybe this is the pessimist coming out in me, but as long as the Yankees are playing, the game of baseball will NEVER be “fair and balanced”.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Schmidt does make alot of valid points esp. about the pre-game ruling that the camera getting hit is a home run and not have it in any way officially and pubicly acknowledged in some way. This is the WS after all. We have no way to verify if Charlie knew this or not but if there isn’t any record of this ruling being made ultimately makes Charlie’s knowledge or lack of it irrelevant since they can’t prove when the rule change took place let alone if it ever did. Christ, it might techinally not be a valid game. Just some food for thought…

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    The issue isn’t blown calls which MLB deludes itself to think all will necesarily average out when all is said and done…[maybe in the regular season when you have an enormous sample size but not necessarily in the post season]. If what Schmidt say is true, then this a rule change not a blown call and that a whole different issue. It definitely desrves an explanation

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    An explanation we will never get, because we are playing the Yankees.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    So i guess we just have to beat them….in six cause other than happ who do you go with for a game seven? Happ just doesn’t look to sharp out there, but anyone other than Hair Product Hamels just on principle at this point

     
  • Posts: 0 leoabe

    Yankees will win the final!

     
 
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