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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 Harry Kalas

    The Sixers lost. All man…….

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    If this half-inning is long, Lee might be done since his arm would cool down. And it might end up as such, since Jimmy just walked (huh?)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    The radio (at least the online broadcast of it) is about 8 seconds behind the TV!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Sixers got rocked. Magic were Lidge from behind the 3 point line. Big surprise there.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    SDO, I was amazed at how Basinger looked…are you sure that is her? Could be computer touch ups

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Steal Jimmy before they bring the lefty in!

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyjoe

    i wanna see jimmy swipe a bag here

     
  • Posts: 0 FillyP

    Rattle Hughes and we’re in the driver’s seat. Let’s get to the Yanks bullpen and show them who REALLY has something to worry about. Really sick of all the talk of our pitching being an issue; newsflash: every staff in the majors goes through struggles.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Did they just sey the fans were jumping tonight?
    Its been fairly quiet I think.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    The Yankees are really stalling, probably to make sure Lee’s been out of the game too long to come back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Edr… Please take that last statement back. We’re up 2-0. lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice steal Jimmy

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    that was sweet

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    looks like hughes is still not ready for the bright lights in the postseason…

     
  • Posts: 0 Caleb

    Philly Joe can you say something like “i wanna see utley homer here” too?

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    This has gotta be the inning!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I grew up on the sequels, so I like the second one a lot. The one in Japan is a little silly.

    I love Phil Hughes. He is looking great. I can’t wait to see him for the rest of the series.

    The Phillies really need to tack on some runs here. It would be HUUUUUUUGE!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    get’em over get’em in. That 3rd run would feel like a Touch Down right about now!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice back to back walks

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Yep, they are stalling as long as they can, they want Cliff out of this game, and it’s probably working, cold, crappy night up there.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ahh crap. The Sixers lost tonight? There goes the perfect season. I guess we will have to settle for 81-1.

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyjoe

    big boys are coming up…id like to see howard get a hit

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Nah cruzin. They’re BP is not very good! Not a bad idea though…

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Martes ERA is 9.45

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    joedad – it looked like her to me – one would have to deduce that cgi was used to enhance”" her youthfulness

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Plus remeber we got Ryan Madson. And his blazing FB and sick change. that was ball 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    WTF is with those outside calls??

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Lee threw that same pitch and it was called a ball, bs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    aww poor Utley, let’s go Howard!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Howard with the 3 run Bomb???

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Okay, Ryan, stay patient I want one gone.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    i predict this inning will yield howard’s first of many rbis in this series

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    The umpire strikes out Utley….

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    WAVE YOUR TOWELS!!!! LET”S GO PHILLIES!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Did anybody read the clips from Tim Donaghy’s book? It’s all about how they would fix games and extend series. Just thought of that watching Utley’s at-bat.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well now it’s up to Werth

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    none of those pitches was a strike to Utley

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    that was definitely a poor series of calls for utley’s at bat

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    They were balls to Utley. These umps are chumps.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I hope Lee’s effective next inning, he’s gonna be cold as ice with all this stalling Girardi’s doing. Classic Torre tactic – take their best pitcher out of it with mound conferences, coach visits, and general stalling.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    wow the strike zone suddenly got generous

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    http://www.thefightins.com/tug-haines/gifton-phifer-lee/

    LEE’S YAWNTACULAR CATCH! THE FIGHTINS ON THE BALL AS ALWAYS!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    24 promo!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Werth is going to do something big here. Time to start believing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    It should be 1st/3nd 1 out and 3-0 Phils!. Umps are retards yet again. Make the Tanks earn it. They really don’t need anymore help. Make’em pay Jason!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    nice walk Werth, let’s go Raul!

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    muuuuuuuust score here!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I take that back. You’re right. They are definitely stalling! What Cowards!

     
  • Posts: 0 FillyP

    Everybody now -

    RAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLL!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL

     
 
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