Staying Alive: Phillies Send Series Back to NY

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, November 03, 2009 01:30 AM | Comments: 78
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The World Series is headed back to the Bronx!  Facing elimination, Chase Utley and Cliff Lee led the Phillies to an important 8-6 victory.

Red-hot Alex Rodriguez quickly put the Yankees on the board.  A-Rod’s World Series slump is history, but Chase Utley made history of his own.  Utley’s first inning three-run bomb started a long night for A.J Burnett; yet Utley was far from done.

The Phillies tacked on runs in the third inning via RBIs by Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, and Carlos Ruiz.  Burnett was the complete opposite from game two – he lasted just two innings and gave up six runs.  Meanwhile, Cliff Lee was cruising.

Lee wasn’t lights out, but he pitched better than his line indicated.  He threw for seven innings, but tired as he approached the 100+ pitch mark.  Three of the five earned runs he allowed came in the eighth inning, including one inherited run.  Some spotty defense by JRoll and Howard also contributed to two earned runs.

Once again, it was A-Rod with the big hit.  After Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch in the first inning, Charlie Manuel opted to rest him in the eighth after the Phillies took a commanding six-run lead.  The move was questionable since Raul Ibanez was unable to make a tough catch and Ben Francisco, Victorino’s replacement, made a weak throw after a sacrifice fly RBI.  The six-run cushion was cut in half.

Chase Utley’s second home run and Ibanez’s solo shot were big reasons why the Phillies had such a large lead in the first place.  Utley now has five home runs in the World Series, tying Mr. October, Reggie Jackson’s record from 1977.  The home runs proved to be key since the Yankees continued to fight back.

After Chan Ho Park pitched a solid eighth, Ryan Madson was asked to close.  A Jorge Posada double and Hideki Matsui single set up the beginning of another potential ninth-inning nightmare.  Instead, a run was traded for a Jeter double play then Madson struck out Mark Teixeira to end the game. Whew!

Breathe a little easier, but there are still two more games the Phillies need to win and they’ll have to do that on the Yankees’ turf. Fortunately this team plays their best with their backs against the wall. So tonight, keep believing and keep those hopes high.

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  • Posts: 0 hotstove

    Pedro game 6
    hamels starts in 7 and then lee after aboiut 4 innings or so see how cole is doing

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Excellent win especially after the heart wrenching loss in game 4. What a team.

    On to game 6. Pettitte on 3 days rest is probably better than any other options so I expect the Phils to be able to score some runs and get to the bullpen early. i expect the same if they change their minds and go with another pitcher. Pedro is on full rest but he hasn’t pitched on 4 days rest in a while. He will have adrenaline helping him along.

    It was a positive night for the Phils. Even Howard gave me some signs of hope because he started to lay off seom breaking balls. I think that is always the first sign that he is locked in. The hitting usually comes shortly thereafter.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Pedro will actually have an extra day’s rest, for a total of 5 days. I agree with you joedad that his adrenaline will fuel him for awhile.

    Let’s not even talk about game 7 until it becomes a certainty that there will be one. Until then, focus on one game at a time, and that’s game 6.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Ed R, you are right, it will be 5 days rest. Even better, he gets another day’s rest.

    Game 6 is an elimination game for the Phils so they will throw any pitcher out there that is available (Lee is probably the only one not available). No more talk about who will pitch game 7 until they win game 6. Hamels could pitch in relief in game 6. Keep in mind that he dominated the first time through the lineup and has a history of doing that, even this year. If he can dominate for 1 to 3 innings in relief, it get’s the Phils that much closer to winning game 6.

  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    There is no patent on signs, there are no rules that say you can’t steal signs. What’s so taboo about it? The more and more I think about it, the more I would actually encourage stealing signs. Even if they used a camera… is there even a precedence to do anything about it?

  • Posts: 0 Ari

    May I suggest “Mr. November” for Chase Utley?

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Is it just me or did anyone else want to reach through the tv and wipe that arrogant,smug grin off Johnny Damon’s face in the 9th inning last night.??….it made the final strikeout all that more sweet….

    Great win by the Fightins….one game at a time….ONE GAME AT A TIME…

    No fat lady yet…

  • Posts: 0 Matt Kwasiborski

    We cannot call Utley that until we win it. Game 6 is what it is all about. It is sure fun speculating about Game 7 but there is no Game 7- it still has that * next to it, if necessary. Phils offense finally stopped swinging for HRs all night and took what the Yanks gave them. The Yanks have been doing that all series so far. Vic and Rollins played like top of the order guys.

    I definitely like our chances with a short rested Pettitte and Pedro and his fortitude. Happ hasn’t even been warming up so he is either hurt or they are saving him for something. If Pedro falters early maybe Happ comes in then.

    Myers is a jerk. I like the fact that he said something but now is not the time to start this crap. He won’t be here next year anyway. Hamels should get crap for what he said and his teammates should be pissed but now is not the time to bring it out into the media. How did it get there anyway?

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Gooooooood morning Phillies Nation!

    I decided to do something that I don’t normally do: I read the game thread from yesterday and I am glad that I did. I’m so proud of our fan base. There is still a lot of life left in our fans and this team… rather than getting down, we looked at the situation for what it was and rallied. Girardi made a huge gamble by going with three pitchers on short rest and you have to realize that the rotation has now turned over in our favor. We have the match-ups we want and if we can get to game 7, you have to feel really good about this lineup seeing CC for the third time in 10 days.

    We’re a better road team… have been all year… why can’t us? Andy Pettitte is not going to lay down but the sun is shining this morning and our guys have dealt a huge blow. There is a storm brewing… the question marks surrounding Joe Girardi’s decision to go with a 3 man rotation loom large. Just this morning, I have heard these comments: “How can you have a $200 million payroll and not have a reliable fourth starter?” and “If the Yankees lose this series, Joe Girardi will likely be fired.”

    The pressure is on; it won’t be easy but it never is. NY played a great game yesterday and we still won… we need to keep getting timely hits and play better defensively if we want to win game 6. Hopefully, Howard uses this day off to spend some extra time in the batting cages (and shave that stuff off of his face).

  • Posts: 0 bob


    Between that and Texiera’s comment that “there are the Yankees and there’s everyone else” I wanted to jump through the TV and beat the crap out of every single player not named Derek Jeter and Rivera.

    Smug, arrogent just like their fanbase who think this is over. Yes, the Yanks have momentum and are going home. But they are a facing a team who is not afraid of them, who is with them step for step.

  • Posts: 0 bob

    and +250 for our fans, they were outstanding last night and for the other 2 games. Yes maybe more Yanks fans then we wanted in CBP but they were certainly drowned out for the majority of the 3 games.

    None of these losses were on them, that’s for sure

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    First of all, the Yankees were playing grab ass on the pitchers mound in between pitches in Yankee Stadium so I doubt Bowa’s claim. It is a strategy to slow down the Phillies bats or to slow down their own pitchers.

    Second of all, stealing signs is a part of the game. Players and coaches on the bench and the bullpen should look for signs from the catcher, from the 3rd base coach, from the opposing bench, etc. whenever possible. It might sound elementary to some but that is why there is so much attempt at deception when giving signs. I am not sure if cameras are prohibited or not. If they are not, then I assume all teams use them also.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    What a game! What! A! Game!

    I knew the Phellas had it in them.

    Love how the opposing batters try to slow down Lee’s breakneck pace by screwing around in the box and calling time. Posada got it once, and not getting it the second successive time was a wonderful thing … Lee didn’t falter, tossed one right in there for a strike, and make Posada’s strikeout that much more beautiful.

    I love it.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    “how can a team with a $200M payroll not have a reliable 4th starter?”
    Because they blew their wad on all of those huge contracts! It’s like buying a Porsche, but all you can do is sit it in your driveway because you can’t afford insurance or gas to drive the damn thing.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Stealing signs is part of the game.

    Clearly both teams are worried about it. I’ve seen both the Phils and Yanks using multiple signs — even with NO ONE on base.

    LAst night, Fox had some great shots of Lee switching the grip in his glove right before the pitch. He’d start with changeup grip and then throw a fastball. Seems like they were worried about the first-base coach getting a peak at something or that Lee might be tipping his pitches.

    All this kind of stuff — stealing signs, players getting hit, a little trash talk, tipping pitches — is what makes for a great, heated playoff series. Gotta love it.!

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    This IS an awesome series so far, I wonder how the ratings are compared to the past several WS? Personally, I could give a sh!t about the ratings, but I’m just curious, because the 2 best teams are playing, you’d think more people would be watching. And then , of course, you have your Yankee bandwagon fans, like my friend who doesn’t even mention baseball all season, and now all of a sudden he’s calling me and giving me crap about the games, since he’s a BIG Yankee fan. Ha, give me a break!

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Andrew, that was a great play by Lee. Posada thought he could fluster Lee but Lee turned it around on him.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Some food for thought:

    Andy Pettitte on three days rest has a career record of 4-6 with an ERA well over 4.

    Hasn’t pitched on three days rest since 2006, when he was 34. He’s now 37. That’s a big three years in the life of a pitcher. You just don’t recover as fast.

    Pedro will be pitching on 5 days rest.

    Doesn’t mean we’re going to win. But it’s something.

  • Posts: 0 Bob Kahn

    We need to get past Game 6 first guys! Pedro does best on lots of rest. But we will see how he does. I look for Happ et al to back him up.

    IF there is a game 7 I expect Hamels to start but on a short leash. Closer will be Lee if we are lucky.

    Odds of taking two at New York are low but not impossible.

    Whatever happens, can we stop looking for someone to blame? Someone wins and someone loses. The Yankees are a good team – they will hit the best pitchers. They have good pitchers who are hard to hit. Same for the Phillies.

    Enjoy the ride – 28 other teams are home watching. I would rather love the angst of watching these games rather than not!

    Go Phillies!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Bob Kahn…

    And to take your point…..”28 teams are home watching.”…….a step further….

    The Phillies and their fans…..that’s all of us…..are participating in a MEANINGFUL baseball game in November……that’s NOVEMBER….it’s a super thrill to be thinking about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and watching the Phillies defend their title at the same time…

    Yeah…enjoy the ride!

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Game 6 is a very winnable game… it really does depend on whether Andy Pettitte will be ready to pitch on short rest and that is a HUGE question mark. Think about it… being 37 and a veteran, his body is now very much dependent on his routine… For instance, his first day off, he might tired and used to taking it easy. Second day, he’s probably sore. Third day, he might still be sore but he’s able to throw without feeling tired. Fourth day, his pitches are getting some of that bite back… Fifth day, he’s ready to go. What happens when he doesn’t have that fourth day? What happens when you see a pitcher for the second time in four days? Hopefully, it’s a feast for our guys!

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    The weather reports is calling for rain/snow in New York on Thursday night. This means game 7 may be pushed back a day to Friday which means that Cliff Lee could pitch that game on short rest.

    Phils need to win game 6 first, but suddenly the Phils’ chances for game 7 got a lot better.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    what weather reports call for snow?

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    well a chance of snow on Thursday night, but definitely rain.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Thought that this was interesting… Pettitte has NOT been lights out in prior series deciding starts. In a fairly large sample size (40+ innings), he has given up better than 20 runs. His ERA is a ho-hum 4.54 in these types of games… and that’s on normal rest.

    Giddy up…

    It might snow on Thursday… I would love to see MLB push it back to Friday but I doubt that will happen. Tomorrows game goes off as scheduled.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I’m fine with Wednesday, Thursday. Pettite should be very hittable on three days rest. Unfortunately Pero will be hittable also. Should be a high scoring affair. Phils rock in these type of games. Yanks bull pen isn’t built for it.

    Game 7 will be all hands on deck. Don’t get down on Cole. His arm is shot(I agree with Kerrigan). He’s only good for 50/60 pitches. Use Cole for 3, then go Happ/Blanton/Lee in the middle and close out with Park/Madson/Lidge/Eyre. * I didn’t like what Cole said, But i understand were he’s coming from. On the flip side Lidge’s blank stare pisses me off much more, but that’s just me.

    Phils will do it!

  • Posts: 0 Papa Thompson

    I only half agree with the idea Utley won’t see anything to hit. If the guys in front of him set the table, and particularly if we can get something started at the bottom of our DH’d line-up, there’s no choice except to pitch to him.

    The big question, I guess, is what happens to the line-up if Shane’s taken out of it? Werth in the 2-hole? Ibanez?

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Ed R, I usually dont disagree with you, but I disagree that Myers shouldnt have said anything. Like it or not, Cole Hamels has NOT performed to HIS OWN ABILITY. He CAN be a great pitcher, but overall, has not been an Ace this season (with the exception of a few great starts), and postseason has not been any better at all! Cole Hamels whether he spoke 95% about wanting to ball screwed up and made it sound like he just wants to go home. Cole Hamels NEEDED to have a fir lit under him, and have him get PISSED. Too often he has gotten flustered, but I havent seen that Pissed off I want to prove something Cole Hamels we saw last year. This MIGHT just have been that thing that Cole Needed to get Pissed and throw a gem IF we get to game 7.

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