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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 The Real Shitarino

    My fingers hurt

     
  • Posts: 0 Shitarino

    The Yankees had to buy some new steroids for their players. Also they are paying Kate Hudson to act like she is dating A-Rod so that the gay rumours get put on hold during the Series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    lol, joedad, “jeter is left holding his nub”, lmao.

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    My hair looks marvelous :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    UTLEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    UTS!

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    WOW. That’s UNBELIEVABLE.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEE!!! UTLEY DOES IT AGAIN!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    DIALED IN…IS UT GONNA PUT THE TEAM ON HIS BACK?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Wow I have never seen Utley in a zone like this. He always hits his homers in bunches but not like this.

     
  • Posts: 0 Filthadelphia

    Utley must have super semen in his hair today

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Utley is just itching for WS MVP!

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Seriously. Utley’s swing is perfect. I’m so glad he found his stroke, he’s carrying this team right now…?

     
  • Posts: 0 The Real Shitarino

    UTLEY IS GREAT! I WISH I WERE HALF AS GOOD LOOKING AS HIM. MAYBE IF I WERE I WOULD HAVE KISSED A GIRL BY NOW. I DID ONCE TOUCH MY AUNT’S BREAST BY ACCIDENT. THAT WAS GREAT.

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    YOU HAVE TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES TO BE MVP….why do you clowns have your hope up you are only going to be let down

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    The Yankees have Empire State of Mind…the Phillies have Unstoppable.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb8-HcfcIWw&feature=player_embedded

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    It’s the UT-LEE show tonight!

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    Im going to bring ryan howard to my house so he can dust bust my floor with those nostrils

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yup, you have to win the series to get MVP. So I guess Uts will have to make sure we win the series!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Two records tied on back to back at-bats. Even if Howard did not swing at that one, he would have swung at the next one.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Morris, most that I have known are middle class types who know baseball and love baseball. But you could be right with the corporate types who are ruining the crowds in all sports

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I really wish people would have to register for access to these boards. I would gladly pay money every year to prevent some of the people that come on here from getting the opportunity to just post complete and utter garbage.

     
  • Posts: 0 Filthadelphia

    Howard should use his super smelling nostrils to smell what pitch is coming next

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Rauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul :D

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLL!!

    Ibanez needed that one sooooo bad – let’s hope that breaks him out for games 6 and 7. Now if Howard could only get one too…

    Go Phils!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOOHOO!!! But seriously, save a little something for tomorrow night, guys!

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL.

    So great to see him get a HUUUUUGE hit. That was blasted.

     
  • Posts: 0 Al in Seattle

    WOOOO!!!!!!! RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL’S FIRST HOMER IN THE WORLD SERIES!!!!! CONGRATS RAUL!!!

    GO PHILLIES!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Filthadelphia

    Bring in Lidge

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    BRING IN MY BOY LIDGE

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Damn it these errors

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    It is never easy…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    All the ignorant Yankee losers are really making this blog hard to read.

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    I’m so excited I’m going to poop my pants

     
  • Posts: 0 Filthadelphia

    ARODDDDDD

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    OMG is this really happening??

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    should be easy to block certain ip addresses to reduce the troll population

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Charlie…why not take him out before AROD?!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Well pitched Clifton

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    this is not looking good

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Fine job by Lee. Let’s make sure he gets the W he deserves.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    My brother worked up on Wall Street in the late 90′s. He used to get free tickets all of the time. We would sit 18 rows off the field between home and 3rd. The people around us couldn’t care less about the games.

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    Park has some pretty sweet hair too….maybe utley gave him some of his man juice

     
  • Posts: 0 Filthadelphia

    You guys sure seem to be a little scared with a 4 run lead

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead is an Asshole

    I am sorry for being such a jerk. My bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Cool your jets, have a little faith guys.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Great the yankees are gonna come back damon was struck out so it should only be 8-3 but umps always help them yankees out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Filthadelphia is an Asshole

    me too – sorry

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    You guys sure seem pretty pathetic with a 2 game lead.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff G.

    yankee fans are just classless. even mike f on wfan says it. yankee players are cheater, liars. steroid users.

     
 
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