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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 Stuart

    THERE WE GO.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    hugggggggggggggggggggge DP

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEW! DP!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Oh thank sweetness!

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    WOW. That was a godsend. Let’s go to NYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Tracey calls it right!! 1 more out!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    ::WAVING RALLY TOWEL MADLY::

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Can’t get on here to post comments…too much cheering, LOL

    LETS GOOOOOO!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    oof…

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Jeez…Damon is unreal. Never easy is it?????

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Sweating profusely…

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I really hate Joe Buck. Does anybody like him?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    You can see on that replay, Madson is feeling the stress.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    again my heart begins to race.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    i would have 2nd guessed earlier but is Eyre not available tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Come on Madson!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Come on! One more strike!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    joe buck want the phillies to lose so much

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Phillies win! :D

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Thank God!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Sit down horse face!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Thank god…………

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YES!!!! PHILS WIN!!! PHILS WIN!!! WHEE!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    never a doubts fellas

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    good game dbags see you in NY

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    YES. LETS GO TO NYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    High hopes!
    We’ve got, high hopes!
    We’ve got, high apple pie in the sky hopes

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Feel the Burn, what a bunch of BS

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    just think if lidge didnot pitch last nite…

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Feel the Burn, what a bunch of BS
    Hit the ball over the fence and be a man.

     
  • Posts: 0 CumHead

    IM ON TV!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    So when you start to feeling low, ‘stead of letting go
    just remember that ant!

    Oops there goes another rubber tree
    Oops there goes another rubber tree
    Oops there goes another rubber tree plant!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Be a man and hit the ball over the fence.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    329 feet isn’t a home run, be a man.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Feel the Burn, yeah right.
    6 runs in 3 innings how about the Burn.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    :D :) :D :) :D

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    wish we could password this blog with proof of residency or something to keep out these low life NY trolls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Be a man, hit a real home run, like Mr. October/November Chase Utley.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Great game, up to bed for postgame show, maybe we’ll all sleep better tonight. Back to NY we go!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Try hitting the ball over the fence, before you jog around the bases.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Feel the Burn, total BS
    How about sit in the dugout in the 3rd inning, how does the burn feel now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, got to get some sleep. See you all for GAME 6!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    schmidt – you can thank charlie manuel for taking out shane, instead of raul in the 8th for @ least 2 of those runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    What’s Andy Pettite’s record on 3 days rest? He’s 37 years old…

    Let’s Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    World Series trophies aren’t earned by hitting cameras. Be a man.

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    :) :D :) ;D

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff G.

    YES WE NOW GO BACK TO THE LAND OF RAT INFESTED CITY OF NY. THE POOR AND HOMELESS. YEA BABY. We need a closer next year mr. jr. madson is horrible. im just happy that kate hudson had to stay late and now go home in fill aroid up with some juice. he is a homo anyway.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    You tell ‘em Schmidt! Ph*ck the Yankees and their trolls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Whynow I was talking about the 6 runs Burnett gave up. They had this stupid headline here in NY for Game 2. Feel the Burn.
    Well Burnett can feel the burn now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Okay Pedro Lets send it to a game 7!!

    Never thought I would ever say that

     
 
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