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World Series Gameday: Yankees at Phillies, Game 5

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, November 02, 2009 06:57 PM | Comments: 445
Gameday 2009, Posts, World Series 2009

YankeesNew York Yankees (3-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-3)

A.J. Burnett, RHP, vs. Cliff Lee, LHP

Time: 7:57 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 47 degrees
TV: FOX
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Journey made popular the phrase “Don’t Stop Believin’”.  So, Phillies fans, just as the song preaches, don’t give up just yet.

The New York Yankees may have jammed the dagger into this series, by way of a 7-4 comeback victory last night, but that doesn’t mean it’s over.  The Phillies have work to do, and that beings tonight with Cliff Lee going against A.J. Burnett.

Lee has been absolutely spectacular throughout the playoffs; he’s been everything the Phillies hoped for and more.  He needs to be every bit as perfect tonight as he has been through the first four starts this postseason.  His complete-game six-hitter in Game 1 seems like ages ago, but it’s something to start with.  If Lee can shut New York down and go deep into this game, the Phillies could be looking at a Game 6 in the Bronx.

The man to try and finish out this World Series on enemy soil is A.J. Burnett.  We saw what he is capable of in Game 2 of the World Series (7 inn, 1 ER, 9 K) but we know he can be wild and at times will fall apart as he did in the Angels series.  Phillies fans need to be as loud as humanly possible and knock this guy off his perch.

Offensively, the front four need to do a little bit of damage.  Jimmy Rollins has been absent, rarely able to hit anything hard, and Shane Victorino is struggling as well.  Chase Utley has been the most consistent of the bunch, and the Phillies need more of the same from him.  Ryan Howard is the most heartbreaking of all.  He is just 3-for-17 in the series with 10 brutal punchouts.  If he has something left in the tank, now would be the time to burn it.

Interesting stat: A.J. Burnett threw 84.6 percent of his first pitches for strikes in Game 2.  Over the course of the regular season, he tossed just 54 percent of first pitch strikes.  Was Game 2 a fluke? It’s very possible.

Don’t stop being a fan, don’t stop the love you have for this team, and for at least one more night, don’t stop believin’. Three wins in a row is absolutely possible.

High hopes, everyone…

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleYour Gameday Beer – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
I’ve purposely stayed away from Barleywines, but tonight with the Phillies’ backs against the wall, it’s time to bring out the big guns. At 9% ABV, Bigfoot is a relatively tame foray into the category but certainly stronger than most traditional beers. Sierra Nevada boasts its “dense, fruity bouquet, an intense flavor palate and a deep reddish-brown color.” The strong malt flavor is balanced by bittersweet hops making for an interesting Ale. This type of brew goes well with desserts like all those cheesecakes Sen. Spector has coming his way. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Foul Hal

    Let us hope that the outs come — one–two–three for our Mr. Lee, Mr. Lee, Mr. Lee, Mr. Lee.
    I hope he helps us avoid humiliation.

     
  • Posts: 0 RiVLez

    What happened to Tim Malcolm? He ran this site so much better. Did he sell it?

     
  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    With RAW on tonite as well as Big Bang Theory,How I Met Your Mother and 2 1/2 men….great nite on TV OH and Cheaters on the DVR good luck tonite.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    So no chance Ibanez is sitting?
    First Joe Biden in attendence. which is abot as bad as the karma can get. Noe Arlen Spector mentioned on the nation.
    Can we say moocher?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jarod

    It ain’t over till its over. A win tonight makes it 3-2 and remember many people say that we haven’t seen the best of Pedro yet and he is due to get the last laugh vs the Yanks. The big question is not overlooking games 5 and 6, if phils win both of these games, who starts game 7? Can’t be Cliff Lee on 2 days rest. Can’t be Martinez pitching back to back games. Can’t be Joe Blanton on 3 days rest. J.A Happ? Can’t start a rookie in NY for game 7 vs the powerful yanks. That means if Phillies win tonight and Wednesday, it will be Cole Hamels vs C.C Sabathia in Game 7.

    Game 5: A.J Burnett vs Cliff Lee
    Game 6: Pedro Martinez vs Andy Pettite (if neccessary)
    Game 7: Cole Hamels vs CC Sabathia (if neccessary)

    Go Phillies!!! ( 3 game win streak starts tonight)

    P.S: I know to come back is gonna be very tough, but phils have had many 3 game win streaks in the regular season. The question can they do it in the world series, with every game a do or die now on?

     
  • Posts: 0 phils_ftw

    Anyone going to the game should spread the word on this to everyone they pass in the stadium. Start this chant so loud that it can be heard by Harry in heaven: “Har-ry Kal-as ” Remind the whole world who this season is dedicated to!

     
  • Posts: 0 phils_ftw

    It cut off part of my chant, the chant is supposed to go: “”Har-ry Kal-as clap, clap, clapclapclap

     
  • Posts: 0 U Gotta Believe

    Win Rocky Win….Yo Harry we did it!

     
  • Posts: 0 U Gotta Believe

    I’m so pumped up!!!!! This game is ours and this series is ours….so let’s take what’s ours and party down Broad St…again and again and again and again!!!!! I have never been so confident in the phillies as I am now…these boyz are going to be become Philly Legends right before our eyes.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    okay phillies your city’s hockey team was puts up 12 goals to your 9 runs in two games….zoiks

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    First let’s stop playing like a AAA team, so worse case scenario so we don’t look like we succumbed to the Yankees mystique. That’s unacceptable we’re better than this. 2] let’s hope Charlie protests the multitude of of mound visits or at the very least we ask for time in the batters box alot to fluster AJ. 3] let’s be aggressive but not dumb (werth that means you) on the base paths 4] adjust to the umpires strike zone if AJ looks like he did last outing 6] no hacks at that curveball in the dirt.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    6] = 5]

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Jarod – two days rest…nah. that leaves one Happ or H-a….H-a..
    H-a….i can’t even say it. thinking it hurt bad enough.

    WE CAN DO THIS….

     
  • Posts: 0 U Gotta Believe

    J reed….that’s good! I liked it

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    U Gotta Believe – i like your optimism

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Hey, some guy on the other thread (for high hopes perhaps?) said that there’s supposed to be bad weather headed up the east coast towards the end of the week, and if that happened and we get thursday and maybe friday postponed, Cliff Lee can in fact pitch game 7. Yeah two straight days postponed is a long shot, but even if its just thursday, that’ll be short rest. And I’m definitely willing to try Clifton Phifer on short rest for the first time ever in a game 7 over the alternative. Yes, thinking it hurts bad enough. He made an enemy out of his fans this postseason.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yeah, we need some of that optimism here tonight! I don’t come here to read people moaning “we’re going to lose!!!”

     
  • Posts: 0 Az Mike

    Go to Yahoo Sports and find the article “Skipping Lee Was
    Fatal for the Phillies”. This is what I said on Sunday morning,
    pleading with Chollie to change his mind and pitch Lee in game 4. No so much about game 4, but having Lee available to also pitch game 7. Lets hope that Luck overrides Stupid. Go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I want to see people typing, “WE’RE GOING TO WIN!!!”

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    alright i was flipping around the channel and happened to come across the Insider and they had a clip on the NY Yankee Housewife Kate Hudson…like gag me with a dirty soup kitchen ladle

     
  • Posts: 0 ChaosCorruption

    WE’RE GOING TO WIN!!!

    :D

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Ignore that, just looked at the forecast and there’s no bad weather from what I can see.

    Oh well. Just have to duke it out with Pedro and…yeah.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    LET’S GO PHILS!!!
    BEAT NEW YORK!!!
    LET’S GO PHILS!!!
    BEAT NEW YORK!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChaosCorruption

    FOX commentators seem Pro-Yankees.
    BOOOOOOO!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    let’s go PHILLIES!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    I’m pumping up the jams, drinking RXEnergy and getting the frig ready for this.

    We’re not done. Not yet. Just lulled them into a false sense of security! (I’m actually quite convinced this was the plan of action the whole time, thank you)

     
  • Posts: 0 TrappedInNYC

    I’m going to vomit listening to the Fox announcers…turn the sound down and listen to Harry K call the game in your mind

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Staying alive Staying Alive oh oh oh oh Staying alivvvvveeeeeee

    Let’s go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    My pet pevee about Fox is the sentimental intro music…it a little overly nostaglic for me…Who throws the first pitch

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    How bout the Orange and Black the last two games, Ed R.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    gofightins – pace yourself…with all the mound conferences by the Yankees it ‘ll be a five hour game…you don’t want to crash

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    About time they woke the heck up. Their offense is capable of destroying teams but their defense and goal tending has been suspect. Granted Carolina is awful and Tampa is ok but still, they handed both of them pretty easily. Let’s hope they can keep it going.

    I must say, it was fun coming home and being able to turn on a sporting event. For a few minutes I felt like I was from the dreaded Left Coast.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well hopefully with Lee on the mound it will only take 3.5-4 hours despite the conferences.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    let’s get this started

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I’ve got the radio online, but that’s been about a pitch behind in this series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    11 seconds behind on the radio.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Ed R. – is their a rule about mound conferences and coach visits?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    oof.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    come on lee

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, two down

     
  • Posts: 0 Phuck the Phillies

    Ready to lose the world series on your own field?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    To my knowledge there is no rule about the number of mound visits per say, but if a Manager comes out to the mound to see the same pitcher in the same inning twice then that pitcher must be removed from the game. Other than that, I do not know of a rule limiting how many visits can occur in an inning or a game. But I did read on ESPN that the owners would discuss this very topic over the off season as apparently MLB was not really all that happy with what the Yankees did last night.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    FYI: I’m wearing my 2008 World Champions hoodie for good luck. I wore the 2008 NL Champions t-shirt when I went to game 5 of the NLCS, it worked then!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    oh no

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    where’s the cutter

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Don’t let it get you down!
    LET’S GO PHILS!
    LET’S GO PHILS!
    LET’S GO PHILS!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Lee doesn’t look so good

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Yeah I wore my 2008 WS hoodie last night, no such luck.

    Lee is not looking very good. Behind on pretty much every single batter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Lee does not look sharp at all. he needs to settle down and make pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phuck the Phillies

    Tracey give up

     
 
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