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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 Ryan Coward

    Take it down tracey its almost bed time

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Should’ve left Victorino in…that was a horrible throw.

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    Francisco has a cannon!

     
  • Posts: 0 Filthadelphia

    I am a horrible person. I have no life.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    :: waving rally towel ::

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward

    Lidge is going to be as terrified to pitch as you clowns are to watch the end of this game…. You act like Met fans

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    Me too. I am a horrible person. I have no life.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YES! Three outs left!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward

    Me three. I am a horrible person. I have no life.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Okay boys lets get back to work more runs!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    Hey do you guys want to meet at a bar in NY for game 6 and chat?

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Lead a cheer Tracey

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward, CumHead, Filthadelphia

    We are terrible, horrible people who have no lives.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    HARRY KALAS! Clapclapclapclapclap
    HARRY KALAS! Clapclapclapclapclap
    HARRY KALAS! Clapclapclapclapclap
    HARRY KALAS! Clapclapclapclapclap

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    This game is showing to the world the Heart the Phillies have!

    The Yankees are such a potent lineup you have to score at least 8 on them to have a chance.
    I wonder if they will bring out Lidge or Madson?

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    that 1 move by taking victorino out, probably cost the phils @ least 2 runs lin the top of the 8th,

    and puttting lidge in the game last nite cost us the game.

    what is manuel thinking or he is?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward

    Hey Jeff G, Fat Mike on the fan is a biased pompous asshole anyway… that show went to shit when mad dog left

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Yeah…Ruiz, pinch hitter and Jimmy who really need to redeem himself after that error

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Chooch!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    Lee is pitching and the yankees lineup is weak with molina in there for most of the game…They handed you this game so they could win it in NY

     
  • Posts: 0 word

    Bring in park in 9th or Lidge? o_0

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    HARRY KALAS! Clapclapclapclapclap
    HARRY KALAS! Clapclapclapclapclap
    HARRY KALAS! Clapclapclapclapclap
    HARRY KALAS! Clapclapclapclapclap
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    CHOOCH!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Come on Stairs…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward

    Is it true you guys picked up Matt Stairs playing beer league softball?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    CumHead you are an idiot if you actually believe that!!

    You must know very little about baseball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

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

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff G.

    I dont think so ryan the jerk. Maddog is an idiot. Lost on sirius thank god. you are scum. i just hope this phillies team takes the money, steroid team to game 7. just like the sox.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    “Don’t Stop Believin’”

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Stairs…::shakes head::

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward

    Is it true that I am an asshole?

     
  • Posts: 0 FillyP

    Alright. Madson’s got the stuff. He’s struck out 5 in his last 2inn of work. Let’s close this out!!!! GO PHILLIES!

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    Jeff calm it down buddy….Come hang out in NY for Game 6

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Time to nail this down and send it back to the big crapple.

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    This ain’t close to good.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    WTF – this is not happening….

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    LET’S GO PHILS!
    LET’S GO PHILS!
    (waves rally towel)

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward

    :: waving rally towel :::: waving rally towel ::
    :: waving rally towel :::: waving rally towel ::
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
    LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
    :: waving rally towel :::: waving rally towel ::
    :: waving rally towel :::: waving rally towel ::

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    We are in trouble

     
  • Posts: 0 Beer League Stairs

    UT OH

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    anyone else just have a terrible terrible feeling?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    LA says: “This would be a great time for Jeter to hit into a double play.”

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    COMEONNNNNNMADSOOOOOON!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Time for Myers. Or a double play. I would prefer the double play.

     
  • Posts: 0 Beer League Stairs

    Im Coming to Philly tonight if this happens

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Uh oh… they’re warming up Lidge…

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Stu…I gotcha on that one.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Just remember, no matter how bad things get. There is always beer.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Madson is not built for closing didn’t we do this before early in the season

     
 
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