Game 5 of the World Series against the New York Yankees, the Fightin’
second baseman hit a home run in the right field. He did the same in
Game 1. But the difference with the home run in the third inning of
Game 5 were the two men on bases- Jimmy Rollins who got a base hit and
Shane Victorino who was hit by pitch as he tried to bunt the first
Of course, the pitcher was no longer the big leftie CC
Sabathia but the right-handed AJ Burnett who was starting for the
Yankees on short 3-day rest.
AJ Burnett gave up a back to back
walk to Utley and Howard in the third inning. The home run hitter Utley
stole second base while Howard was batting and reached home plate on
Jayson Werth’s base hit. No Phillies was retired to the dugout yet.
Raul Ibañez’ base hit, Ryan Howard scored widening the gap with the
Yankees; 5-1 on board for the Phillies. Burnett, who was dominant in
and won Game 2, was chased in the third inning and replaced by David
The Phillies were not done fightin’. Ibañez was out
at second base but Carlos Ruiz stayed in first base while Jayson Werth
gave the Phillies another run. 6-1 on board.
The Bronx Bombers
were first to have a run in the first inning before Utley hit his 3-run
homer. Johnny Damon scored on A-Rod’s double. The Yanks had their
second run in the fifth inning. Johnny Damon grounded out to Ryan
Howard but the first baseman missed the throw to home plate allowing
Eric Hinske, who was pinch hitting for David Robertson and was walked
by Lee with just one strike, to score safely.
replacing Melky Cabrera in Game 5 as centre fielder, kept Jayson Werth
from having extra bases with his speedy and golden catch on a flyball
in the centre field wall in the fifth inning. Werth, not sure if the
ball was caught, kept moving until Gardner who was taking some time to
recover from hitting the wall showed the ball safe in his glove.
was the first out for Alfredo Aceves, the second reliever for AJ
Burnett, in the fifth inning. Aceves retired the next two batters on
History seems to repeat itself, in a very quick
fashion. Chase Utley in the seventh inning in Game 4 with two strikes
hit a solo homer off CC Sabathia. Chase Utley, again, with two strikes
in the seventh inning in Game 5 hit a solo home run but off Phil Coke,
Burnett’s third reliever. It was the second homer of the night and the
fifth home run in the series for the Phillies’ second baseman.
Utley just tied Reggie Jackson for a World Series record with
multi-home runs. The Phillies were still on lead with 7 runs against
the Yankees’ 2 runs.
With two outs, the Phillies had another
home run in the seventh inning. It was off the bat of Raul Ibañez. Phil
Hughes then had to replace Phil Coke.
Hughes may have allowed a
back to back walk in the eight inning of Game 1 and gave up a solo
homer in Game 3, but the young pitcher had his command back in Game 5.
He struck out Pedro Feliz on three consecutive strikes for the final
out of the seventh inning.
Carlos Ruiz had a base hit in the
eight inning but he grounded into a double play along with Matt Stairs
who was pinch hitting for Chan-Ho Park. Phil Hughes retired the last
batter, Jimmy Rollins, on a ground out.
The Yankees line up in
the eight inning was back on top but with Johnny Damon leading. Again,
the left fielder kept the line moving. Damon singled and reached third
base on Mark Teixeira’s double. A-Rod hit the first pitch and earned a
2-run double, as well as a cheer from Kate Hudson, sending Johnny Damon
and Mark Teixeira at home plate. The Yankees were 4-7 on board against
Cliff Lee may not be as impressive as he was in
Game 1 but he still earned cheers from the Phillies fans as he was
retired to the dugout and replaced by Chan-Ho Park.
reached home plate on Robinson Cano’s sacrifice fly. The slugger who
calls himself an “underdog” in the World Series gave the Yankees their
Not giving up, the Yankees rallied some hits in the
ninth inning. With Posada leading the line up, he hit a double and
reached third base on Hideki Matsui’s base hit. The veteran catcher
reached home plate for another run but Derek Jeter grounded into a
double play. Hideki Matsui was out at second base.
inning of Game 4 has become historical. It all began with Johnny Damon,
who on two out and two strikes hit a single on a battle against Brad
Lidge. With Mark Teixeira batting, Damon stole second then third base
that was left uncovered. Teixeira earned a base on hit by pitch. Damon
scored in that inning on A-Rod’s double.
Yet again, Damon on two
out and two strikes singled on a line drive to keep the line moving in
the last inning of Game 5. But the Phillies were on guard to keep the
wheels of Johnny Damon from going any further. With Teixeira in the
batter’s box, Ryan Madson made sure that the game would be closed. And
he did as Mark Teixeira struck out swinging.
The Philadelphia Phillies won Game 5 with 8-6 on board for the last game in Citizens Bank Park.
AJ Burnett and Cliff Lee both wear #34 on their uniform, but the Phillies’ ace was the prevailing pitcher of Game 5.
Fightin’ Phillies are pushing the World Series to Game 6 in Yankee
Stadium for a battle against the Bronx Bombers who are one win away for
their 27th World Series Championship title.
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Chase Utley was walked in the first inning and in the third inning
after eight pitches from CC Sabathia, the second baseman of the
Phillies hit a solo home run to right field. Three innings later, Utley
hit another solo homer in the right field.
It was the first home run, then first two consecutive home runs, that
CC Sabathia gave up on a leftie in the Yankee Stadium. Utley’s third
inning homer was also the first one in the Bronx on a post-season game.
The Yankees lost Game 1 of the World Series, 1-6 against the Phillies.
It was their first post-season lost in the Yankee Stadium.
Game 4 of the Fall Classic would be CC’s chance to take command in the
mound and be the “CC” he used to be during the regular season, and
during the ALCS.
The tension in the field, as well as among the fans, was apparent as
Chase Utley stepped into the batter’s box in Citizens Bank Park. With
two balls and no strike, Utley drilled a double sending off Shane
Victorino to the home plate for the Phillies’ first run.
The next two at-bats of Chase Utley were not productive. He popped out
to second baseman Robinson Cano in the third inning and to shortstop
Derek Jeter in the fifth inning.
The seventh inning was the pay-off at-bat. On two strikes, Chase Utley
hit another long shot to the right field from the same pitcher, CC
As Utley returned to the Phillies dugout, so did Sabathia to the
Yankees dugout. He would not return to the mound. Joe Girardi had Joba
Chamberlain relieve for CC.
With 6.2 innings pitched, the 6’7″ Yankee allowed 7 hits, walked 3 but struckout 6, and earned 3 runs. He has an ERA of 3.29.
The Yankees did win Game 4 on 7-5 against the Fightin’ Phillies. They still lead the series on 3-1.
was a total domination by Cliff Lee against the New York Yankees in
World Series Game 1. The left handed pitcher, who was traded from the
Indians in July, pitched in a complete game with 80 strikes and 42
balls on Wednesday night.
Lee, who was a former Cleveland
Indian teammate and a close friend of Game 1 opponent CC Sabathia,
struck out two batters in the first and another two in the second
inning. He allowed an RBI, with extra base hit, for Derek Jeter in the
But in the fourth inning Cliff Lee did nothing
but strike out all batters in the box: Teixeira, A-Rod, and Posada. All
three struck out at least twice. A-Rod was struck out thrice.
The Yankees scored in the bottom of the ninth, but it was on throwing
error of shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Lee allowed 6 hits, no walk, and 10
Besides the ten strikeouts and no runs, two of
Lee’s impressive performances include a waiting-in-the-mound catch for
Johnny Damon’s pop-up in the sixth inning and the behind-the-back catch
when Robinson Cano hit the second pitch in the eight inning.
The 2008 Cy Young awardee started his game with a strikeout and ended
it with another strikeout. Both strikeouts were to World Series
veterans Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.
Cliff Lee did not just
secure the game for the Phillies, along with Chase Utley’s back to back
home runs, he also saved their bullpen. He now holds 3 starts with 3-0
wins in his 2009 post-season resume.
The defending champions beat the Bronx Bombers on 6-1 and now have a 1-0 lead in the 2009 World Series.
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against the Yankees. He struck out two in the first as well as in the
second inning. As if those were not good enough, Lee struck out Mark
Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Jorge Posada in the fourth inning. It was
the second strikeout for Teixeira and A-Rod.
CC Sabathia, a
former Cleveland Indian teammate and a close friend of Cliff Lee,
scuffled in the first inning. He’s thrown 24 pitches in that inning
alone. And in the third inning, CC pitched eight times to Chase Utley
before giving up a home run in the right field near the foul pole.
Utley’s home run was the first homer of the 2009 World Series and the
first home run in the new Yankee Stadium in a post-season game.
As for CC, it was the first home run he gave up on a left-handed hitter
at home. The next time he faced Chase Utley, another home run was given
up in the right field. It was a back to back home run for Chase Utley.
Cliff Lee is just so striking and the Fightin’ Phillies lead by 2-0 against the Bronx Bombers in the first six innings.
the NLCS in the Dodger Stadium, the Phillies are back at home in
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The whole universe must’ve
conspired together for the defending World Series champions. Perhaps it
was just Cliff Lee. And the Phillies.
to retire three Dodgers with a strike out to the third man on plate in
the top of the first inning.
The bottom of the first inning
may have started with a fly out in the right field, but it was followed
by successful hits and a rally of runs. Ryan Howard started the rally
with 2-run triple RBI that brought Shane Victorino, who hit a single,
and Chase Utley, who hit a double, to the home plate.
that was not enough, Jayson Werth hit a 2-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda’s
93 MPH fastball. The Phillies earned two more runs from Howard and
Werth. As the right fielder stepped on the plate, the Phillies were
4-0 on board.
Bottom of the second. Cliff Lee was out on a
sacrifice bunt to advance Carlos Ruiz from second base to the third.
After Jimmy Rollins hit double, Ruiz gave the Phillies another run.
Joe Torre had to replace Hiroki Kuroda with Scott Elbert. It was two
short but terrible innings for the Japanese starter.
yet. Scott Elbert gave them a back to back walk and caused Rollins to
move to third base on a wild pitch to Chase Utley. Shane Victorino was
on second base and Chase Utley on first.
first, Rollins gave his team another run. The Phillies were leading
with 6-0. With another run earned by the Phillies, Manager Torre was
back in the mound for his third pitcher. Chad Billingsley replaced
Elbert, and ended the inning with a strike out.
Cliff Lee kept
dominating the mound with two strikeouts in the 3rd inning, one in the
4th, 5th and 6th, two in the 7th and 8th. A total of 10 stike outs
including the third batter in first inning. He only gave up 3 hits, one
for Belliard and two for Ramirez.
Chad Billingsley also struck
out Phillies; he had Jayson Werth twice and Cliff Lee. the great The
last two were both on the fifth inning. It was the same inning that the
Phillies earned another runs, one from Raul Ibañez on Pedro Feliz’
triple who also scored on Carlos Ruiz’ line drive single in the right
The Dodgers were not able to make any runs, yet, and the Phillies were not yet done running to the home plate.
Victorino, who was 1-3 (single, walk, strike out), homered on a fly
ball to the right field. He scored the batterymen. Ruiz was walked
earlier followed by Cliff Lee who hit a single on a ground ball in the
centre field. They sealed 11 runs on board for the defending champions.
Dodgers pitched for the game giving up a total of 11 runs and 11 hits
while the Phillies only had Cliff Lee and Chad Durbin. The closer had 3
up, 3 down. No chance for a run.
Cliff Lee earned 2-0 record, 0.74 ERA, and more fans this post-season.
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Dodgers may have drawn the first blood in the second inning, but the
visiting Phillies won Game 1 of the NLCS last Thursday night in the
Dodger Stadium. It was 8-6 on board.
The results would have been
different if not for the walks given up by the Dodgers. Half of the
total runs of the Phillies all began with bases earned on balls, also
known as walks.
The first walk that made the Phillies lead was
given up by Clayton Kershaw to Pedro Feliz in the fifth inning. He only
had one strike. Next to bat was Carlos Ruiz who hit a 2-run homer off
Kershaw’s 93 MPH fastball.
The next batter, Philles starter Cole
Hamels, also earned a walk from Kershaw. Hamels was out at second base,
but he was not the last Phillies to earn a walk in the fifth inning.
Chase Utley also had a base earned on balls followed by Ryan Howard who
doubled on a flyball to the right field, sending Jimmy Rollins and
Chase Utley to the home plate. The Phillies nailed 5 runs in the fifth
the eight inning, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth went on back to back
walks from reliever George Sherrill. Both had only one strike. The next
batter was Raul Ibañez. The first baseman only hit one pitch from
Sherrill, a 74 MPH slider that homered a fly ball to the right field.
It was a 3-run homer in the eight inning, and 8 runs on board for the
Without the walks, the Phillies would’ve just had 4 runs and the Dodgers would’ve won the game with their 6 runs.
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