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World Series: Phillies at Yankees, Game 1

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 28, 2009 05:57 PM | Comments: 595
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YankeesPhiladelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

Cliff Lee, LHP vs. CC Sabathia, LHP

Time: 7:57 p.m at Yankee Stadium
Weather: Cloudy, 50
TV: FOX
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The wait is finally over.  At 7:57 eastern time, the Philadelphia Phillies will defend their crown against the 26-time champion New York Yankees.  History is at stake in this series, as the Phillies look to become the first NL team to repeat since the Big Red Machine in the mid-70′s.

Cliff Lee is the man to start this thing up.  Lee has been unstoppable in the playoffs thus far, sporting a sub-one ERA.  He has pulled a Cole Hamels this postseason by putting the team on his back when it counts the most. Lee has two wins and just three walks against 20 strikeouts so far.  In this all important Game 1, let’s see how Lee responds to the bright lights of the Bronx.

On the other side is 6’7″, 280-pound, C.C. Sabathia.  He’s been just as unhittable as Lee, dominating both the Twins and Angels in his three starts this year.  He’s 3-0 with an ERA of 1.19, proving that last years blowup against the Phillies in the NLDS with Milwaukee is in the past.  With two lefties on the mound, we could be in for quite the duel.

Offensively, these teams are as close as they come.  Both hit for ridiculous power, play in smallish parks, and boast the scariest lineup in their respective leagues. If your looking for a weakness on either side, keep searching.  For New York, their defense is probably their Achillies heel, if there is one to choose.  They don’t commit many errors, however, their outfielders have suspect arms and catcher Jorge Posada has a surgically repaired shoulder which could mean more Phillies running the bases.

The Phillies downfall is clearly the back end of their bullpen. Brad Lidge floundered through the regular season, but has since picked it up to record three saves and a win in the ’09 postseason.  Lidge has not allowed a run yet either, and the same goes for Chad Durbin, who has seen action in five games without allowing a runner to score.

It’s a series that’s as evenly matched as they come.  Forget about words – there is nothing left to predict or describe when it comes to the Phillies and Yankees.  It’s all up to the players on the field as they battle for baseball immortality.  Tonight, our National Pastime begins its 105th Fall Classic.

Phillies. Yankees.  Game 1.  Let’s rock.

Phillies Lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (DH), Francisco (LF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C).

Yankees Lineup: Jeter (SS), Damon (LF), Teixeria (1B), Rodriguez (3B), Posada (C), Matsui (DH), Cano (2B), Swisher (RF), Cabrera (CF).

FestbierYour Gameday Beer – Victory Festbier
Phillies fans are ready to party and we’re ready for a victory so tonight’s beer is an easy pick. It also helps that it’s a Philly-area beer in the Marzen/Oktoberfest-style. This full-bodied brew retains an earthy taste to go along with its sweet caramel, toffee, and roasted malt flavors – perfect for the fall weather. Festbier goes well with German food, in which case I think a cheesesteak on a pretzel roll would qualify. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    shut out is over…time to get Lee out of the there…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well he can still get his CG

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    we can do it! stay with it! come on Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Yup. Pretty much. At least we got an out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 9 for Lee

    and 3 for A-Rod

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Butttt even at 118 pitches, Cliff Lee is still filthy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YES! OK, just one more out…

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Ed …. Dont be concerned.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    YES! STRIKEOUT #9! And it’s A-Rod – HAH!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    10 K would be nice…

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Strike him out on the knuckleball, Clifton! The knuckleball!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Lee actually is one of those rare pitchers who a little unaffected by pitch counts. Most pitchers rest in between starts. Lee actually throws. He only comes out of games for the most part when he is getting smoked. Whuch has not been all nite.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    And to end with a K….priceless.

    High hopes! We have high hopes!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YES!!!! I almost didn’t realize it was over, it was so quiet!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Told you so.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    So SWEEEEEEET!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 10 for Lee

    and a CG :D

    PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    cliffffffffffffffffffffffy

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    BEAUTIFULLY PLAYED BOYS. WHAT A WAY TO START…. VICTORINO AND ONE WHIZ KID AVENGED. WHO’S YOUR DADDY PART DEUX TOMORROW.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Now if they just have a few runs left in them for tomorrow night…

     
  • Posts: 0 CZ

    Not to get ahead of ourselves but you guys do realize that Cliff Lee will be pitching for us ALL YEAR in 2010…WOW.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    aaaaahhhh…game highlights, then nighty night. G’night everybody, sweet Phillies dreams.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Pedro, Pedro, Pedro…………

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Cliff’s your daddy!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @J Reed: Good point. We’ve already done better than we did the last time we faced the Yankees in the World Series!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    What a game! On to the next one Charlie! Let’s Go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 a detectible met horror

    @mycruzercooler mr. Septober

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Nice win, but I fully expect tomorrow to be a much tougher game. I have a feeling it will be a slugfest…

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Up to bed for postgame, nite nite, I’ll be dreaming sweet dreams of Cliff…

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Time for Beamish number 1.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Wow. What a performance by Lee and Utley. The Phils sent a message tonight that they are not a team who was exhausted after an extra inning game the night before or a team that was just happy they finally beat their post season nemesis. This Phillies team is one that oozes confidence and who wanted to be in this exact position.

    The Yankees will now have to live with this game for 24 hours. Giradi will be second guesses, A Rod will be questioned if he has returned to the A Rod of old in the post season, and the possibility of losing will enter their heads for the first time this offseason. If the Phillies can get to Burnett early tomorrow things are going to get REAL interesting with the Yankees using so much of their bullpen tonight.

    I think the Yankees got knocked back bad tonight and you just know that Pedro Martinez would love to twist the dagger tomorrow.

    Thanks for this win Philles! I gotta go defend my dissertation for my doctorate tomorrow and now I am going into it REAL happy!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Hey Buttermaker……..Slainte!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    CLIFTON LEE IS A HERO!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Let’s see the Philadelphia Daily news print a picture of CC in a MooMoo!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Slainte Morris and HotDogs, last Victory of the night for me.

     
  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    Was it just me or where the PHillies far more patient then the Yankees.
    Gerneral LEE great job, great hitting by Utley, and the offense destroys another bull pen for add on runs. One down three to go

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Goodnight Phans! See you all tomorrow! Another job well done this evening….keep those towels waving!

     
  • Posts: 0 Pizza Bagel

    Great win for the Phightins! Lee, you ate lightning and crapped thunder. Amazing.
    Check out this article from a New York e-paper. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2009/10/28/2009-10-28_inphillyority_complex.html
    The author originally wrote an article dissing the fanatic and cheesesteaks, among other things, so I responded in an e-mail to her. She brought me up in her response article today. Enjoy!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Now that’s was an arsenal…4 picthes befuddled the Yanks. And that curveball was nasty. Pizza Bagel, you get the quote of the night

    “Lee, you ate lightning and crapped thunder.” Instant classic.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Can you believe CC has not thrown a home run pitch to a lefty all year in yankee stadium. Until Utley..

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    TWICE!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    CLUCK CLUCK

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    pizza bagel, i read the article – so cool you were mentioned!

     
  • Posts: 0 Yankees Fan

    The Yankees Win the World Series for the 27th time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
 
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