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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And who will forget Nolan Ryan and Rollie Fingers?
AJ Burnett pitched for the Yankees in World Series Game 2 with a blast. The Yankees beat the Phillies on 3-1, tying the series on Thursday night in Yankee Stadium.
The Pie-Man of the Bronx was able to keep his goal for the game. “I won’t change anything as far as my plan or my attack, just maybe not be so careless from the get go — just throwing balls over the middle to get strike one,” Burnett said.
The right-handed pitcher allowed 4 hits, 2 walks and just one run in seven innings. The run was from Raul Ibañez, who hit a double, driven by Matt Stairs’ single, a ground ball to left field that was deflected by Alex Rodriguez in the second inning.
If the Phillies had a lot of runs in Game 1 on Wednesday, Thursday night gave them a lot of strikes and strikeouts. Burnett struck out Raul Ibañez twice and Ryan Howard thrice. He struck out four other Phillies.
Burnett’s favoured catcher was outstanding, not just in helping him with his pitches. Jose Molina, also a Puerto Rican, kept a runner from staying in the fourth inning. Jayson Werth hit a single on a full count but while Ibañez was batting, he was picked off by Molina at first base on a throw to Mark Teixeira. AJ Burnett only faced three batters in the fourth inning.
The Bronx Bombers hit two solo home runs. The Yankees’ first homer in the World Series came off the previously shy bat of Mark Teixeira over the fence in the right centre field in the fourth inning. It was his first career World Series home run.
The other solo homer was provided my Hideki Matsui on a fly ball in the right field in the sixth inning. It was Godzilla’s second career World Series home run.
When Jorge Posada was announced to pinch hit for Jose Molina in the seventh inning, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel left the dugout to get the ball from Pedro Martinez, the Phillies starter, and summoned Park Chan-Ho to face Posada who went 0-for-7 against him.
Pedro Martinez pitched for 6 innings and left the mound with 4.50 ERA. He struckout eight Yankees but allowed 6 hits and 3 runs.
A.J. Burnett may opt for Jose Molina to catch for him, but he was the number one cheerleader of Jorge Posada when the veteran catcher hit a single on a line drive to centre field driving in Brett Gardner, who was pinch running for Jerry Hairston, Jr., for another run. The run was charged to Pedro Martinez.
The Philadelphia Phillies were able to keep the remaining Yanks off the plate when Johnny Damon lined into a double play. Posada was out off first. They also caused a gathering of the umpires to discuss the play and call, which was questioned by Joe Girardi.
The Phillies were trying to rally more runs, but the goal seemed impossible as they had to face Mariano Rivera in the eight inning. Posada stayed in the game to replace Jose Molina.
The eight inning was quite a battle against The Sandman who drew the third walk for the Phillies with just one out. Shane Victorino, batting next, was able to hit a single on a ground ball to right field. The Old Guard closer was able to stay out of trouble when Chase Utley grounded into double play, Robinson Cano to shortstop Derek Jeter to Mark Teixeira. Shane Victorino was out at second base.
Ryan Howard was batting first in the ninth inning, but he never had the chance to have a base hit as he was struck out on 0-3 count by Mariano Rivera. The first baseman of the Phillies was totally shut out by Burnett and Rivera in his four at-bats.
After 38 pitches, Mariano Rivera struck out the eighth batter he faced on 2-2 count for the final out of the game.
The Yankees are off to follow the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park for Game 3 on Saturday night. Andy Pettitte will start for the Yankees who will face Cole Hamels.
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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.
was finally pushed through on Sunday night in the Bronx, New York.
Yankees may have lost Game 3 of the series with Pettitte as their
starter, but Dandy Andy presented himself in the mound in Game 6 with
confidence and results that speak of his possible legend.
36-year old pitcher only allowed one walk, of which Howie Kendrick was
the recipient. It was after Vladimir Guerrero hit an RBI, which he
grounded off first in the second inning. Guerrero’s move was considered
to be a wrong move; obviously.
The Angels have committed a lot
of mistakes during the series, some of which were not even part of
their accumulated 8 error record in the ALCS. Some of those errors even
helped the Yankees reach homeplate.
One easy and unwonted out
happened during the sixth inning. Chone Figgins, after bunting
Pettitte’s 89 MPH fastball, grounded out to catcher Jorge Posada. He
was out for tagging himself as he ran to first base. His left foot
touched the ball.
In the same sixth inning, the Angels might’ve
had a run when Vladimir Guerrero’s double RBI advanced Torii Hunter to
third base. The centre fielder’s speed has been a concern to the
Bombers. With two out, Mr. Iron Gaze saved the inning when Kendrick
Morales hit the ball back to him for the third out.
With long time teammate Jorge Posada catching behind the plate, the
left-handed pitcher struck out six Angels in 6.1 innings before Manager
Joe Torre climbed to the hill. The man in the mound knew what was
Pettitte may have wanted to stay longer, a lot of the
fans wanted too, but he yielded to his former teammate’s call and left
his throne with 99 pitches and a 2.84 ERA.
veteran pitcher allowed seven hits and only had one run. The Yankee
fans gave Pettitte a standing ovation while the Old Guard starting
pitcher tipped his cap in recognition of the fans as he retired to the
Joba relieved for him, pitching against two Halos. He
grounded out both to end the top of the seventh inning, but that was
all for him. Joe Girardi already had plans for the eight and ninth
The Sandman left the Yankee bullpen radiating assurance
to the Yankees and at the same time threat to the Angels. “I knew I was
going to be there for at least two,” said Rivera who was called in the
top of the eight.
Mariano Rivera is one of those pitchers you don’t want to face when you’re in the batter’s box.
I don’t even want to talk about Mariano Rivera right now,” Torii Hunter
said. “You don’t want to face him. I don’t plan on getting to him. If
we do, the game is probably in the bag.”
Chone Figgins was
fortunate to hit an RBI on one ball – one strike count against Mariano
Rivera. He was not the only blessed Angel of the night. With two outs,
Figgins scored on Vladimir Guerrero’s RBI giving the Angels their
second and last run. It was the first post-season run given up by
Mariano Rivera at home since Game 2 of the 2000 World Series against
In the top of the ninth inning with two out, and just
one more for the final one, Gary Matthews Jr. was pinch hitting for
catcher Mike Napoli. It was an offensive move but obviously didn’t
work. Matthews, Jr. struckout swinging for the final out of the series.
The pitch was not even a cutter.
Bombers earned three runs in the fourth inning from Robinson Cano and
Nick Swisher on Johnny Damon’s RBI and from Derek Jeter who had to step
on homeplate to give way for A-Rod who was walked with bases loaded.
had another runs in the eight inning from Robinson Cano on Melky
Cabrera’s sacrifice bunt, which he earned as double on throwing error
by Scott Kazmir, and from Brett Gardner on Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice
fly to centre field.
The New York Yankees defeated the Los
Angeles Angels on 5-2 in Game 6 of the American League Championship
Series. The Bronx Bombers will represent the American League in the
World Series to face the defending champions Philadelphia Phillies of
the National League on Wednesday night in Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia was hot in the mound.
CC did give up a walk to Kendry Morales in the seventh inning but no damage done.
In the top of the sixth, Sabathia had a 3 up, 3 down with the help of amazing
defensive performances from Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira,
respectively. Damon almost dived to catch Bobby Abreau’s line out hit
the left field. The next batter was Torii Hunter whose bunt grounded
out to Sabathia to Teixeira. The Yankees’ first baseman’s legs were in
full extension in almost a split as he caught the ball in the
first base. With two batters already out, Sabathia struck out the third
batter, Vladimir Guerrero, on one ball count.
One of CC’s amazing strikeouts was to Mike Napoli in the seventh
inning. The anticipated strike out earned a loud cheer from the crowd and a big “Yeah!” from CC himself. Napoli was the second batter
Sabathia struck out in the inning. The first was Juan Rivera.
Sabathia still pitched in the eighth. Erick Aybar and Chone Figgins,
the two Angels that gave the Yankees a run on Matsui’s pop out in the
bottom of the first, both grounded out. Next to bat was Bobby Abreu who
hit a fly out to left field.
allowed only one run earned from Kendry Morales’ line drive base hit
that advanced Vladimir Guerrero, who hit a double RBI, to the home
plate. Sabathia left the mound with 1.13 ERA.
Yankees were able to have 4 runs from Jeter, Damon and Cabrera. Damon
scored twice. A-Rod attempted to make a run in the bottom of the fifth,
but he was called out at the plate as he collided with catcher Jeff
In the top of the ninth inning, Mariano Rivera was called from the bullpen to
close the game. His first pitched was to Torii Hunter who earned a walk on
one strike count. Next to bat was Vladimir Guerrero who struck out on
Mo’s 91 MPH cutter. The last two batters, who had to hit nothing but
the Sandman’s cutter, flied out to right field and centre field, respectively.
Mariano Rivera sealed the ALCS Game 1 with the Yankees leading, 4-1, against the Angels.
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Metrodome in Minnesota as the game is going to determine whether there
will be a game 4 or will the Yankees move forward to the American
League Championship Series.
The Yankees’ starter was “Mr. Iron Gaze” Andy Pettitte who had 14 wins
in the post-season. He may be a force in the mound but the remaining
members of the team must bring some actions too.
And actions and dramas were plenty in the game.
Twins’ first hit is from Cuddyer the tagger.
After tagging Matsui and stepping into the bag for the double play in
the top of the fifth, Michael Cuddyer started the bottom of the inning
line up and gave the Twins their first hit in a 0-2 count.
But that’s all there was for the Twins’ first baseman as he got into a force out when Jason Kubel hit in the right field.
If Cuddyer tags, A-Rod ties.
Top of the 7th. Teixeira grounded out and A-Rod’s on full count, but
nothing could stop the aggressive Alex Rodriguez from helping his team.
Just one hit, just one home run to tie the game. Again.
And tie the game, A-Rod did. It was his second post season home run
and tying run. The third baseman’s last home run, also against the
Twins, was a 2-run
homer in the the ninth inning that tied the game 2 of the series on
A-Rod also scored in the top of the ninth on Robinson Cano’s RBI single.
Posada, more than a catcher.
Bottom of the eight. Nick Punto hit a double off Phil Hughes’ 94 MPH
fastball. But with Span’s groundball, the Yankees made sure that no run
With a quick pick, Jeter threw the baseball home to Posada. But giving
up a run was not enough. In a flash, Posada fired to A-Rod tagging
Punto who was late to get back on the third base.
Mo, the closer.
Cuddyer may be able to hit a single against Mo’s 92 MPH cutter, but the
Sandman struck out the next two batters, Jason Kubel and Delmon Young.
The Yankees were then one out away. The last batter in the box was
Brendan Harris, but he grounded out to Jeter to Texeira.
More than Rivera closing the game, Andy Pettitte also made his
contribution as part of the Old Guard, which includes Jeter, Posada and Rivera.
He struck out 7 and allowed only 3 hits in 6 1/3 innings and made his
15th post-season win.
The New York Yankees sealed the game with 4-1 win against the Minnesota Twins.
Their celebration will not just be for the series sweep against the
Minnesota Twins as they are moving forward to the ALCS.
They are going to face the LA Angels.
They’ve done it before, and they did it again in the Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Twins.
Never mind if A.J. Burnett allowed 3 hits and 5 walks while the
pitchers after him, excluding Phil Coke who only pitched against Joe Mauer, allowed 9 more hits. And it no
longer matter if the Yankees only had 7 hits. They slept better than
The first run was from captain Jeter in the sixth inning driven by
A-Rod’s sharp ground ball to the left field. And yet again, A-Rod helped the Bombers tie
the game as he hit a 2-run homer in the ninth inning.
It was a tough night. The Yankees sent seven pitchers from the bullpen
after Burnett while the Twins sent five. The last to pitch was Jose
Mijares and had to face Mark Teixeira.
There was no second deck text, but the first baseman of the Yankees hit
a solo home run close to the left foul pole, his first walk-off home
run. It was so close that the crowd went on a microsecond pause before
being driven into euphoria.
Mark Teixeira was the hero of the night. He put one more score on board
for the Yankees and gave the Bombers 2-0 lead in the ALDS.
As expected, the wild A.J. Burnett secured a pie on the hero’s face.
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It all started with almost an hour of delay because of rain.
Mark Teixeira’s missed catch from Suzuki allowed the Seattle Mariners’ right fielder to earn a double RBI.
Ichiro Suzuki also earned a 2-run double in the fourth inning when
centre fielder Melky Cabrera missed Suzuki’s flyball to his territory.
As if those were not enough, another base was made available for Suzuki
in the ninth inning when Aceves missed to catch the ball from Mark
Teixeira, but it was accounted as an error of the first baseman. It
would’ve been the first out of the inning.
Next in line to Suzuki was first baseman Russell Branyan, who on the
first pitch of Aceves had hit all the way to the restaurant of the
The 2-run homer of Branyan was the last hit of the Mariners. It was
also the last stay in the mound of Aceves, who replaced CC Sabathia and
brought the last out of the sixth inning. David Robertson replaced
Determined not to let any more mishaps or whatever chance for the
Mariners, the next three hitters were all kept out of the bases by Mark
Jose Lopez popped out to Teixeira followed by DH Mike Sweeney who
grounded out to Robinson Cano then to the first baseman. The last
Mariner who grounded out was the first one to hit a homer, Franklin
Gutierrez who hit right back to David Robertson.
The last two runs of the ninth inning gave the Mariners an 8-4 win and kept the Pinstripers from sweeping the series.
The truth is I still wonder if I should post this in Bleacher Report.
Letters to Cleo – Cruel to be Kind
Watching Baseball and talking about what happened is quite hard when I
have to mention the time. Even if my readers are Filipinos (in my other
blogs), I still have to say “last night” and just add “(morning in
Manila)” because one time-line is not enough. I think I’ll just have
troublesome explaining it, so never mind.
The New York Yankees had their first game of the series against the Seattle Mariners. First game, first win. 8-5.
I wasn’t able to watch the game live on ESPN, but I was in MLB’s
Gameday. It’s where I am whenever ESPN Philippines isn’t showing any
live Baseball game. Like what I was doing lately, I was jotting down the game details.
I’d say the hero of the game was Melky Cabrera. I admire this guy. He’s
just so fun to watch and he’s a real team player. I’ve seen him making
sacrifice bunts for his team. He’s not playing for his own records.
He’s playing for his team.
Melky helped bring 3 runs for the Bombers. One of them was his.
The Yankees had their 6th straight win on Tuesday night. I hope they’ll win the series against the Mariners.
Wednesday night starting pitcher will be Andy Pettitte. How I wish ESPN
will show the game. I want to see Mr. Steel Gaze pitch. Perhaps I
just want to see the steel gaze of the pitcher.
By the way, 4 hours before the game, Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira had a chat with some fans. He answered questions about, of course, Baseball, including Mariano Rivera, his favourite ball player, tips for aspiring athletes, and the new Yankee Stadium. It was fun, though he haven’t answered a questioned I submitted. I should’ve submitted them earlier. I was online at least an hour before the appointed chat time. Losh!
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