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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 joedad

    Attaboy J Werth

     
  • Posts: 0 chuckles

    Werthwhile does it again! Keep that line moving boys!

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    WERTH! Lets goooooooo.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    never mind…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Yessssireeee, baby!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Rauuuuuuuul

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Wow! The comments can’t even keep up with the action!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Hahaha, go get some rest Burnett

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Well we got five off him! That should be enough, eh?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    mea culpa werth way to protect good AB. Ibanez we need a hit and we got one. Let’s greet the young reliever appropriately

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @gofightins: I’m of two minds. On the one hand, I want them to win tonight!!! On the other hand… they should save a few runs for tomorrow…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Anyone wondering why you can’t just throw a guy on short rest with no prior experience of doing so need to look no further than what A.J Burnett did tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 badburn

    With two in, two on, and nobody out, the Phillies needed this inning to remind themselves that solo HRs aren’t the only way to score runs. Go Phillies!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    they don’t play tomorrow

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    So Victorino seems to be still in the game

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Ruiz! got another run.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Well played His Choochness

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Ed: the Phillies pre-game was saying that this could be a problem for the Yankees: they have to pitch people on short rest, because they don’t have enough solid starters.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I don’t like it when they show a lingering close-up of someone who just failed, regardless of which team they’re on, it’s just cruel.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Lee with a hit

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh baby!!! Nice hit, Lee!

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    CLIFFFFFFF!!!!! I♥HIM. no homo. well, slightly.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    GO IN FOR THE KILL….DO NOT LET UP. JIMMY”S DUE

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    And a hush comes over the Yankee trolls

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Damn, they’re not going to leave Burnett alone, are they? (the cameras, I mean)

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    nice pitch by the kid

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Georgie, at least he isnt in the showers like Manny

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    If this continues as is…. Pull Lee early for a potential Game 7? It’s only the 3rd. But Charlie could make up for all the other mistakes…. Does that make any sense or am I nuts??

     
  • Posts: 0 TrappedInNYC

    keep the razors away from Burnett…looks like he is ready to call the suicide hotline

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    HK, way too early for that kind of talk.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    joedad, as much as they’re focusing the cameras on him, I wouldn’t blame him if he did, but I think he has more class than Manny, which isn’t a difficult thing to accomplish.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Georgie – i always say the same thing about the shot to the pitcher. It’s Jerry Springer TV and about making yourself feel better by watching others suffer. It’s sadistic voyeurism. I can’t stand it….

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I’ll tell you, I have no opinion on whether or not to pull Lee if the Phillies have a big lead. That is a really tough call, both sides make sense. But you are facing elimination tonight. You need to stick with your horse.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Truthfully HK, it doesn’t matter if Lee is pulled now or throws 130 pitches. For a pitcher, the issue isn’t how many pitches so much as how many times you have to get your arm lose. What i mean by that is, Lee as a starter is conditioned to pitch every fifth day. So in normal circumstances he throws tonight, rests his arms for the next two days, then on Thursday he would throw a bullpen session, have Friday off and then Saturday would be ready to go.

    So the issue is that really Lee’s arm would not be ready for any work until Thursday, which technically he could pitch in relief and that would be used as his “bullpen session” day.

    So in theory, if we get to a game 7, it is possible to see Lee again but it won’t be based on what he does tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 David M

    Lee, you’re amazing!!

     
  • Posts: 0 TrappedInNYC

    I would pull Lee right now…finish with Happ/Park/Madson

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I hear ya joedad……and you too Mroris… But if that were to happen (and yes I agree it’s far,far from over)_the Yankees would have a bleep load of xtra pressure to win Game 6. No?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ALRIGHT DID WE NOT LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT THE CRUELITY OF THE BASEBALL GODS LAST NIGHT! NO HUBRIS! STILL PLENTY OF BASEBALL. ONE PITCH AT A TIME, ONE AB AT A TIME UNTIL 27 OUTS.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Edr… Perfectly stated. I say if we were to go on and win tonite; the Phillies should bring you along to the Bronx to keep Old Charlie and Duuuuu-beeeee honest!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    This guy is throwing straight fastballs. They should be crushing him

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    my bad… jreed…No more from me.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    LET’S GO PHILS!!!
    LET’S GO PHILS!!!
    LET’S GO PHILS!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    Reposted from previous blog

    The Phillies are not quitters = although I must admit I quit on them. Who knows? Let’s just win this one and worry about gm6 on Wednesday.

    As far as a 2nd rate city – no way. I know SpankyYankee probably doesn’t remember what a championship parade looks like. Last yr – we had well over a million – nearly a million and ½ fans at last yrs parade. Yes there were some idiots, but I’d say in the great majority we were classy, caring, compassionate and appreciative fans…

    If you look up 2nd rate – you will not see classy, caring, compassion or appreciate in their definition.

    I think the Phillies have shown a lot of people, especially themselves, they are not quitters. No matter what the results of the series end up being.

    BTW There will be only ONE ‘WFC’ & ONE ‘ the team to beat’ & those honors will ALWAYS reside in Philadelphia.

    Yes… & if the NYY win the W/S, they will be only ‘WC” – never the ‘WFC”

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    HK – sorry dude…I didn’t sleep last night ….see what I mean.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Lets Go LEE!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Uh isn’t that interference by Damon

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    damn Ryan Howard. We’re down 3-1 games in the WS and you give away a free run like a complete a$$clown. I never did that when I played in Little League when I was 10. The head case label is now more than accu. It’s very fitting. WTF is wrong with you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    and jreed…no need to say you’re sorry. that comment was on point!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    I want to see the Phils get 3 runs now…maybe they can get Lee out of the game before he hits 100 pitches…save something for game 7. But only if the Phils are up by 6 to 7 runs – 4 run lead is not enough with the bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    here we go again with the love in on the mound

     
 
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