Tuesday, November 3, 2009

World Series: The Phillies Stay Alive!

Philadelphia Phillies 8 - New York Yankees 6, Game 5
Yankees lead series, 3-2

The Phillies got what they needed-- LIFE for at least one more day.

Again it was Cliff Lee (2-0) to the rescue. Lee didn't have his best stuff, but it was good enough. He held the Yankees in check long enough so that they ran out of innings.

Again it was Chase Utley who supplied Lee with the support he needed. Utley went 2 for 3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 4 RBI. With his home run (his 5th), Utley tied Reggie Jackson (1977 New York Yankees) for most home runs all-time in one World Series.

Raul Ibanez finally breaks out. Ibanez had a great night-- 2 for 4, 1 HR, 2 RBI. If the Phillies are going to force a Game 7, they need another night like this from Ibanez.

Jimmy Rollins also had a great night-- 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 R. He lead off with a single which got the Phillies offense going. Rollins is the spark plug for this team-- if he's on the bases, good things usually happen for the Phillies.

Ryan Madson (not Brad Lidge) closed the game for the save. Ouch! Considering how the Phillies have been walking on thin ice-- its amazing how they've made it this far.

The good news for the Yankees - Ryan Howard hasn't hurt them yet.
The bad news for the Yankees - Ryan Howard hasn't hurt them yet.

Howard has just 1 RBI in the series so far. Inexcusable! Last night he tied Willie Wilson (1980 Kansas City Royals) for most strike outs (12) in one World Series. Howard is overdue-- and Phillies fans everywhere are hoping Game 6 is his breakout game. If it is-- this could get interesting.

A.J. Burnett

Game 2: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 HR, 1.29 ERA (Awesome!)
Game 5: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 7.00 ERA (Ouch!)

The saga of A.J. Burnett continues. He can give you a Hall of Fame outing in one start and then follow it up with a terrible start.

But, that's AJ-- to be continued....

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