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
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



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  • Posts: 0 whynow

    2 wins and it’s ours

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    wow what a game, u can never count this team out, it wasnt exactly a pretty win but a win is a win. i love how so many comments last night were from yankees fans bashing the phillies and tonight, u dont hear shit from them. Its not gonna be easy but we are back in the series and that is the most you can ask for. GO PHILLIES!!

  • Posts: 0 Foul Hal

    Lidge will pitch again. Pedro will pitch again. Please — not Hamels.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    World Series trophies don’t come with cameras attached to the front of the trophy. Hit a real home run. Be a man.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    A-Rod how did you get from 2nd base to home plate? I don’t think so buddy.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Well now that the game is over im going to get in bed with my boyfriend. Night guys! ;)

  • Posts: 0 Dan

    Wow. Two Game Sevens in a row left. Pedro for all the marbles in his swan song at Yankee Stadium. Then The Kitchen Sink for Game Seven if we get there. PRAY FOR SNOW!!!!

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    After last night’s loss, you need to have real character to come back and win today’s game with your ace having less than stellar stuff. What a team. Gotta love it.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward

    Hey Phil, your not back in the series til you tie it you clown…. Pedros coming home to daddy so i dont think its gonna happen

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Just like how Pedro came home to daddy in 2004.
    You don’t hit a home run unless it goes over the fence clownboy.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    The Phillies don’t have to tie it now, they are ahead because they are the champs. They have to fall behind now to lose, and it doesn’t happen unless cameras stick over walls.
    329 liitle baby home run.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Little baby 329 foot shot.
    Be a man.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    There is no video proof of the ball going out.
    There is no 2004 World Series for the Yankees either.
    Getcha facts straight.

  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Here’s one for Ryan Coward the troll – Andy Pettitte’s first start on 3 days rest in 2009 – wait, first start on 3 days rest since 2006. Hmmmm??? ERA of 4.15 on 3 days rest??

    Pedro is gonna have the last laugh at Yankee Stadium – on FULL rest on Wednesday!!

  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward

    Best player of all time, soon to be home run king…. but hes probly not a man

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    A-Rod is a man, but his 329 foot shot is not.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward

    pedro has a cross between poodle hair and Bozo the clown hair…. AND hes the METS GARBAGE

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    I bet when A-Rod hooked up with Madonna there was a camera sticking out of her head.

  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    and i mean getting it in my hair hehe

  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Ryan you idiot. See those gray streaks in Pettitte’s hair – it’ll be all white by the time he’s blown out of game 6.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Yes Pedro looked like Bozo the clown in 2004 didn’t he. Yankees have more camera hits than WS titles since then.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan Coward


  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Wow, look at the way Yankee trolls steal screen names too. Classless as your steroid junkie clown team. Nice job scumbags.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Why does A-Rod even bring a bat up to the plate? Just bring a camera, all he has to do is make contact and its a home run, right?
    Feel the Burn. Burnett, A (L, 1-1) 2.0 4 6 6 4 2 1 7.00

  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    I didnt mean that, I’m sorry!

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Saw Springsteen tonight, and the Phils live to phight another day. Back to Badlands Wednesday night!

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    No not mets garbage, RED SOX & PHILLIES HALL OF FAMER, the teams with a combined 3 going on 4 titles in the last 5 years.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Feel the Burn Burnett, A (L, 1-1) 2.0 4 6 6 4 2 1 7.00

  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Yankee Trolls – here it is: Andy Pettitte, short rest record: 4-6, 4.15 ERA in 14 starts. Hasn’t done it since 2006, and only 4 times on short rest since 2000.

    Andy is 36 years old…only 8 months younger than Pedro, who’s on FULL REST. Advantage Phils. There will be a Game 7 on thursday.

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    no matter what happens from here on out, this has been one hell of a series. really feels like a world class heavyweight slugfest. can’t wait for game 6… gotta keep taking it one game at a time.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    that DP was a gift from the Tugger

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    well christopher has a point, one hell of a series. But honestly, Charlie made some really BONEHEADED moves tonight trying his hardest to give the Yankees the game. This was a win, with alot of runs, but kind of in a way an embarrasing win. 95% of the time, if Manuel wants to put a bench player in, he would take out Ibanez to put better defense in. Very glad to see that homer by Ibanez, but honestly, as much as I love watching Ibanez play, I think Francisco could have had that ball if he put Francisco in left rather then Center. Then comes the Sac Fly. I REALLY dont think Vic would have let A-Roid score on that pop fly had the rest stayed the same. Then I had to question taking Chan Ho out. I was really questioning it, and getting worried when Madson put first and 3rd no outs. Mad Dog got it done, but it wasnt a pretty end of the game. The rest of the game was rather beautiful, but it doesnt matter if its a pretty win or an ugly win, its the win that matters. I hope this was the spark the Phillies offense needed. If the Phillies can continue some of this against Pettite and Pedro pitches anything like he did in game 2, there is a good shot at Game 7.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    another thing to remember, for the first time in 5 years, the World Series goes to game 6.

  • Posts: 0 keng

    didnt like how rollins approached that grounder in 8th that couldnt get out of his glove – if game was a 1 run game at that point all of our collective hearts would have dropped thru the floor!! – also i think madson is worse than lidge in the 9th – he really looks uncomfortable in there!! – think we really dodged a bullet tonight!! – we can absolutely do this!! – 1 game at a time!!!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Brian I told you all year Howard wasnt clutch or Werth :)
    The decisions were head scratchers. A win is a win though.
    2 more and Ill be very happy and excited.
    How is chan ho not the defacto closer? the yanks use Rivera for innings 8 and 9. Id use Chan ho for 8 and 9
    I shouldnt have been clutching my chair in the 9th. But its never easy with the phils.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    The mike Schmidt troll here is exceptional. I wonder if opening day next year he will be posting about the camera and the home run LOL
    Great job

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Andrew you said that, but do you recall the NLDS and NLCS? Howard did pretty well in the NLCS especially, but not to shabby in the NLDS. LOL. Werth, LOL. He has come up with some big shots even this WS (2 homers in one game 5 in the post season) but sadly the Phillies pitching decided to go back to what they were the first month of the season. Howard has been CRAP this WS, I hope he does something in game 6. If he does something in game 6, he often comes up big in several games in a row. Either way, we live to watch another game.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I thought I was the only one getting tired of that idiot ranting about that stupid camera shot.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Don’t you remember what happened when we brought Chan Ho back out for another inning in the game after he had come off the DL.. no outs, and put he put two runners on. I suppose that might be because he was humming at 96 mph in his first appearance and was a little tuckered out the next day esp with the shot of post season adreniline.

    CSN post game Michael Barcan says he’d hope to see Hamels in a game seven and you could see Ricky Bo wince and looked like we wanted to throw his microphone at Barcan’s head. Hilarious

  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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    I don’t know how Pat resisted combining the Journey quote with a Cliff Lee reference. “Don’t Stop BeLEEving”? Too easy, I suppose…

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    My problem is Manuel let Madson face Matsui with Scott Eyre available. Maybe Matsui is known to struggle with change-up’s. How many time’s has Madson been used in a row. Usually three and he needs rest. Then leaving in Ibanez who did turn it around at the plate tonight but has that Sportsman Hernia and should have been pulled at that late in the game. Hasn’t Manuel seen the chemistry between our BP and that Yankee line-up from Hell to know six runs means nothing. What drove me insane has been the choking and bad decision making in the field. Ut’s glove flip yesterday and Rollins bad glove to throwing hand transfer both had me throwing crap around the room…and both times it cost us. We have to crush the ball and field flawlessly. Oh and Howards brain fart with the man on third and the Damon squibbler up the line. No more Spicoli moments …first it just ugly baseball, second what we did in the NL Wild Card and NLCS was so amazing that we don’t go out 4-1 because we folded to the Yankee mystique

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I dont know J Reed, I dont know that Howard really did anything wrong with the “brain fart”. Maybe he should have let the ball go foul, but maybe it wouldnt have. True it would have been better to go trot backwards keeping the runner on third instead of turning his back, but there was no play at 2nd I dont think, took the out. Could have done it better, but at least he didnt take the ball and throw it straight to home or 3rd, Ive seen that before from other players on other teams (actually I remember who did it on the Phillies, but that ended up costing a run and and out.) I would rather him do that and get the out, then either throw it to 3rd or home and not get an out, or go to 2nd when Jeter was that far to third. I think regardless the runner was going. I think he didnt make it look pretty, but took the sure out. Ibanez missing A-Roids double off the thumb of his glove has more to worry about then what Howard did.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Actually Howard fielding it was a good because Damon has been on fire and letting it go foul would give him another chance….what he should of done I think was to charge Damon and tag him out…Perhaps this would have held the runner on 3rd, or caused him to run back to bag or maybe if howard was close enough after the tag flip to Ruiz for the tag out at home.

  • Posts: 0 dimitbeba

    Good lucky! New York Yankees.

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