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Live at five

The Yankees went down fighting in game five and the Phillies lived to fight another day. Just barely, though. The Phils took an 8-2 lead into the top of the eighth, but things got real close real fast. The Yankees scored three in the top of the eighth and brought the tying run to the plate twice in the ninth inning. Ryan Madson came through both times, though, getting Derek Jeter to ground into a huge double-play the first time and striking out Mark Teixeira to end the game the second.

The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run off of Lee in the first on an RBI-double by A-Rod. The Phillies jumped ahead in the bottom of the first, though, as Rollins and Victorino both reached ahead of Utley and Utley blasted a three-run homer to put the Phils up 3-1. The Phils chased New York starter AJ Burnett in the bottom of the third. Utley and Howard started the inning with walks and the Phillies wound up scoring three times in the inning to extend their lead to 6-1. Lee walked pinch-hitter Eric Hinske with one out in the top of the fifth and Jeter followed with a single that moved him to third. Hinske would come in to score on a ground ball by Damon to cut the Phillies lead to 6-2. Utley and Ibanez both hit solo homers off of lefty Phil Coke in the seventh to extend the lead to 8-2. Lee came back to start the eighth and gave up single, double, two-run double to the first three men he faced. It made the score 8-4 with a man on second and Park took over. He set three in a row down, but the second was a sac fly that brought A-Rod in from third and made it 8-5. Lidge had thrown 30 pitches in a miserable outing in game four, so it was Madson on in the ninth to try to protect the three-run lead. A double and a single put men on first and third and brought Jeter to the plate as the tying run. Madson got Jeter to hit into a double-play as Posada scored to make it 8-6. Damon followed with a single that brought Teixeira to the plate as the tying run. Madson got him, though, striking him out swinging at a 1-2 pitch to end the game.

It sure seems like the bullpen blew up in the game for the Phillies. But it wasn’t that bad, really. A lot of it was Lee and he has clearly done enough already. I think we just have game four stuck in our minds. Pitching for the second time in two days, Park faced three men and got three outs. Throwing a day after he threw 20 pitches, Madson gave up a run on three hits but got the huge double-play and the huge strikeout when he needed it.

They are still pretty scary. Especially given that we’re sure to see them a lot in game six. I think Manuel will still use Lidge in big situations in the series.

But the Phillies are still alive. They are going to need a ton of runs to keep winning, though. They are going to need everyone in the lineup — not just signs of life but a river of life. There were some signs last night. Ibanez and Howard came into last night’s game without a walk or a homer. Howard walked twice and Ibanez blasted a long homer. As miserable as the series has been for Howard, he still may be the single most explosive player in the series for either team. Let’s hope he doesn’t wait too much longer, though, cause the Phils have put themselves in a pretty big hole.

I’m pretty sure that Hamels starts game seven if there is one. Enough has been made of his misspeak. If you don’t think Hamels wants to compete and wants to win, I disagree. You don’t get this good and this far without wanting both. Saying what you mean isn’t a requirement.

The Phillies trail the Yankees three games to two in the World Series after winning game five last night 8-6.

Cliff Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out three. He pitched a lot better than his line, taking an 8-2 lead into an eighth inning that he started having thrown 103 pitches.

That may be the end of the ’09 post-season for Lee. It’s a shame that the eighth inning last night blew up his line, cause it’s going to mean that his numbers, while still amazing, won’t quite reflect just how much he contributed. We’ll just have to remember. In five post-season starts this year Lee has gone 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and an 0.82 ratio. In five starts he threw 40 1/3 innings. That’s more than eight runs per game. There’s a chance his efforts may still make him a champion. Whether they do or not, he may have to wait till he’s a free agent in 2011, but I think they made him a whole lot of money.

He faced a Yankees lineup that went (1) Jeter (SS/R) (2) Damon (LF/R) (3) Teixeira (1B/S) (4) Rodriguez (3B/R) (5) Swisher (RF/S) (6) Cano (2B/L) (7) Gardner (CF/L) (8) Molina (C/R). Molina in the lineup to catch Burnett with Posada on the bench. Gardner takes over in center for Cabrera, who has a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Ramiro Pena. To take Posada out of the lineup for Molina is a poor idea even if Burnett doesn’t allow six runs in two innings.

The Yankees had five players on their bench to start the game, righty Jerry Hairston, switch-hitters Posada and Pena and lefties Hideki Matsui and Eric Hinske.

Jeter led off the game and grounded to Utley on a 1-0 pitch for the first out. Damon dumped a 1-1 pitch in front of Victorino for a single. Teixeira got ahead 3-0, but flew to right for the second out. Rodriguez hit a 1-1 pitch into the right field corner for a double that scored Damon and put New York up 1-0. Swisher walked on four pitches to put men on first and second. Cano flew to left on a 1-0 pitch to end the frame.

Didn’t look like the same Lee in the first. Jeter’s ball was up the middle and took a nice play by Utley to get an out. A-Rod smoked the ball. Swisher and Teixeira both got ahead 3-0. Lee threw 20 pitches in the inning.

He started the second up 3-1 and didn’t have much trouble with the bottom of the order. Gardner grounded to first 1-2 for the first out. Molina grounded to third on a 2-2 pitch. Burnett struck out looking 2-2 to set the Yankees down.

Lee threw 14 pitches in the inning and had thrown 34 for the game.

Jeter grounded to third 2-2 for the first out of the third. Damon walked on five pitches. Teixeira hit a ground ball to third and Feliz threw to second to force Damon for the second out, but the Phils could only get one. A-Rod flew to center on an 0-1 pitch for the third out.

Fifty pitches in the game for Lee after throwing 16 in the inning.

Swisher lined a 2-1 pitch to third for the first out of the fourth. Cano grounded to second and Gardner grounded to short.

Lee was up to 62 after throwing 12 pitches in the inning.

With Burnett out of the game, Posada hit for Molina to start the fifth and grounded to second 1-2 for the first out. Lefty Eric Hinske hit for the pitcher David Robertson next and Hinske drew a walk on five pitches. Jeter followed with a single to right that moved Hinske to third. Damon was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch slowly to first. Howard took it and when he started towards the bag Hinske took off for homer and scored to make it 6-2 with two outs and Jeter on second. Teixeira flew to right for the third out.

14 and 76 for Lee. Nice base-running by Hinske, both to go first to third and to delay and then score on the ground out to first.

A-Rod flew to right to start the first out in the sixth. Swisher flew to center for the second. Cano singled to center 1-0, but was left stranded when Gardner struck out looking 1-2.

Lee was at 91 after 15 pitches in the inning.

Posada struck out looking 0-2 after trying to call time out but not getting it earlier in the count to start the seventh. Jerry Hairston hit for the pitcher Alfredo Aceves and he flew to center on a 3-1 pitch for the second out. Jeter lined softly to Utley 1-2 to end the frame.

Twelve pitches in the inning had Lee at 103.

He was up 8-2 when he started the eighth. Francisco was playing center with Victorino on the bench. Damon led off and reached on an infield single. Teixeira was next and he blasted a double to left that moved Damon to third. A-Rod was next and he hit Lee’s first pitch hard into left-center. Ibanez made a diving effort but had the ball go off of his glove for a two-run double that made it 8-4. Park came in to pitch to Swisher having thrown 14 pitches the day before. Swisher grounded to second 2-2 for the first out, moving Rodriguez to third. Park stayed in to pitch to Cano. Cano hit a fly ball to shallow center 0-1 that Francisco took for the second out. Rodriguez tagged and scored to make it 8-5 with two outs. Francisco made a weak throw that wasn’t close to getting A-Rod on a ball that wasn’t hit deep. Gardner popped to Rollins on a 2-1 pitch to set the Yankees down.

Miserable inning for Manuel. Victorino was pleading to stay in the game. Francisco probably would have made the catch on A-Rod’s ball off the glove of Ibanez in left if he had taken over in left with Victorino in center. Francisco’s throw home was terrible. Victorino with a healthy hand would have made a much stronger throw — who knows after being hit. He also left Park in to face Cano as the batter that could have made the score 8-6. The Phillies didn’t use any of their three lefties in the pen in the game.

Madson started the ninth having thrown 20 pitches the day before. Posada led off and hit a 3-1 pitch off the top of the wall in right for a double. Lefty Hideki Matsui hit for the pitcher Phil Hughes. Matsui singled to left on a 2-1 pitch, sending Posada to third. Jeter got ahead in the count 2-0, but grounded a 2-1 pitch to short and the Phillies turned a double-play. Posada scored to make it 8-6 and it brought up Damon with two outs and the bases empty. Madson got ahead of Damon 0-2, but Damon singled into center on a 2-2 pitch to bring the tying run to the plate again. The game was delayed briefly for a ceremony to honor Damon’s 2,000th hit in this World Series. He was presented with some tupperware and a $50 gift certificate to Home Depot. Damon took second as the count went 0-2 on Teixeira. Teixeira struck out swinging 1-2 to end the game.

Park threw 11 pitches in the game and Madson threw 24. Both have thrown two days in a row, but both seem like they will surely be available in game six after an off-day today. Lee threw 112 pitches in game five and there’s no way you will see him in game six.

The so-called “official” stats suggest that Damon is only 8-for-21 in the series. He’s 5-for-his-last-9. Matsui is 5-for-9 in the series. Jeter 8-for-22. Posada 5-for-16. A-Rod just 4-for-18 but with six RBI to lead the team. Teixeira is just 2-for-19. Cano, Swisher and Cabrera are a combined 7-for-43.

The Phillies lineup against righty AJ Burnett went (1) Rollins (SS/S) (2) Victorino (CF/S) (3) Utley (2B/L) (4) Howard (1B/L) (5) Werth (RF/R) (6) Ibanez (DH/L) (7) Feliz (3B/R) (8) Ruiz (C/R).

The Phillies started the game with five players on the bench, lefties Dobbs, Stairs and Bako and righties Eric Bruntlett and Ben Francisco.

The Phils were down 1-0 when Rollins led off the bottom of the first. Rollins hit a 1-2 pitch into center for a single. Victorino was bunting, but Burnett’s first pitch to him was right at him and drilled him hard on the right hand. Utley swung at the first pitch and blasted it way out to right to put the Phillies up 3-1. Howard drew a walk, but Werth struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Ibanez was next and hit a ball hard, but Teixeira made a great diving play to take a hit away from him. Teixeira threw to first to force Howard for the second out, but Ibanez beat the relay to keep the inning alive. Feliz grounded to short 0-1 to end the inning.

Much different approach to Burnett in this game. Rollins, Utley, Howard and Feliz were all swinging first pitch. Utley hit a big home run on the first pitch of his at-bat. Howard drew his first walk of the series. Ibanez smoked the ball he hit. Burnett threw 23 pitches in the inning.

First home run of the series for the Phils with a runner on base.

Ruiz got ahead 3-0 to start the second but struck out swinging 3-2 for the first out. Lee swung at the first pitch and grounded to first. Rollins walked on five pitches. Victorino swung at the first pitch and popped out to short. He screamed and shook his right hand, the one that had been drilled in the first, after hitting the ball.

Second time Rollins had been on base in two at-bats.

After 13 pitches in the inning, Burnett was at 36 for the game.

Utley walked on a 3-1 pitch to start the third. He stole second as the count went 1-1 on Howard — Molina didn’t make a good throw, but Utley still would have been out if Jeter had been able to handle the short-hop on the throw. Howard walked to put men on first and second. Werth ripped a 1-2 pitch into center for a single. Utley scored and it was 4-1 with men on first and second. Ibanez hit a 3-1 pitch into right for a single. Howard scored and it was 5-1 with men on first and third. That was it for Burnett. Righty David Robertson came in to pitch Feliz. Feliz got ahead 2-0, but fouled out to Teixeira for the first out. Ruiz got behind 0-2 but managed to make contact, hitting a ground ball to short. Jeter got an out at second, but Werth scored and it was 6-1. Lee singled into right, moving Ruiz to second. Rollins struck out looking 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Nice job by Ruiz to bring the runner in from third with one out after getting way behind in the count.

Robertson set the Phillies down 1-2-3 in the fourth. Victorino grounded to second. Utley grounded to short and Howard struck out swinging 2-2.

They were up 6-2 when they hit in the fifth. Righty Alfredo Aceves was on to pitch for New York and he set the Phils down in order. Werth smashed a ball to left-center field that Gardner caught as he crashed into the wall for the first out. Ibanez grounded to first for the second and Feliz grounded to short.

Aceves was back for the sixth. Ruiz flew to right and Lee struck out swinging before Rollins singled to center. He went to second on a wild pitch before Victorino grounded to short to leave him stranded.

Third time Rollins had been on base in the game.

Lefty Phil Coke started the seventh for the Yankees. Utley led off and homered to right on a 3-2 pitch to put the Phils up 7-2. Howard struck out trying to check his swing 1-2 for the first out. Coke stayed in to pitch to Werth and Werth flew to center 2-0 for the second out. Ibanez blasted a 2-1 pitch out to right. 8-2. Coke was done. Phil Hughes came in to pitch to Feliz. Feliz struck out on three pitches to end the inning.

Utley’s homer gave him five home runs for the series, which tied him for the record with Reggie Jackson. Jackson hit five in 1977. When Howard followed with a strikeout it was his twelfth of the series, which also tied him for the record. The Phils lefties fared pretty well against Coke.

Hughes was back to start the eighth with the Phillies lead cut to 8-5. Ruiz led off with a single and Stairs hit for Park. Stairs hit into a double-play on a 2-2 pitch to clear the bases. Rollins grounded to second.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk in the game. The single to start the first after the Yankees pulled ahead in the top of the inning set the tone. He’s 5-for-19 with five walks and a .417 on-base percentage for the series.

Victorino was 0-for-3 with a brutal hit by pitch when he tried to bunt in the first inning. He’s 3-for-18 with two walks in the series. He says his hand is okay and he expects to start in game six. I don’t know how okay he could be after that, but hopefully the effects are minimal by Tuesday. The thoughts of Victorino out of the game, especially in a DH game against a lefty are kind of scary. With the players on the roster right now I think it would have meant Francisco in center and Bruntlett as DH (although I think Mayberry may have taken Victorino’s roster spot if Victorino couldn’t play).

Utley went 2-for-3 in the game with two home runs, a walk and four RBI. In the last two games he’s 4-for-7 with three home runs, a double and six RBI. 6-for-16 with a double, five home runs and three walks so far.

Howard was 0-for-2 with two walks in the game. 3-for-19 with two doubles and 12 strikeouts. 1-for-his-last-10 with six strikeouts.

Werth was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the game. 5-for-17 with two homers in the series.

Ibanez was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the game. Teixeira also took a hit away from him in the first on a ball he hit hard. He’s 5-for-20 with two doubles and a home run in the series.

Feliz 0-for-4 with a strikeout last night after a huge game in game four. 4-for-19 with a double and a home run in the series. Ibanez and Feliz have combined not to walk in 39 at-bats.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 with an RBI last night. 4-for-16 with two doubles and a home run in the set. He’s also walked three times.

Despite the early exit by Burnett, Robertson was the only pitcher to throw more than 20 pitches out of the Yankees bullpen. He threw 27. I think who the Yankees didn’t use in the blowout, most noticeably Rivera and Marte, might say a lot about who they have confidence in. I don’t think you’re going to see much of Coke against the Phillies lefties in game six if things are close.

No game today. Pedro and Pettitte tomorrow night.


Lidge shows Hamels a thing or two about wanting the season to end by making sure the top of the ninth goes on and on and on

The Phillies have had some problems that not many people would have expected this World Series. They’ve hit seven home runs and had a total of zero men on base when they did. Howard and Ibanez have combined to go 6-for-33 without a walk or a home run and struck out 19 times. Four of their eight regular players (Howard, Ibanez, Rollins and Victorino) are hitting .200 or worse for the series.

Those are all things it would have been pretty hard to see coming.

They brought some of their old problems, too, though, and if you’ve been waiting for them they’re pretty much all accounted for at this point. Cole Hamels had a miserable season and pitched badly in game three. In game four it was Lidge’s season-long slump that made itself known for the first time in the series. In a season when you throw to a 7.21 ERA there are going to be a lot of moments you would rather forget, but I’m guessing that last night’s game is going to stick out a little. Lidge entered a tie game in the top of the ninth and fell apart after getting the first two men he faced. The Yankees scored three times in the inning and won the game, putting the Phils in a deep hole down three games to one.

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead with two runs off of Blanton in the top of the first as Jeter and Damon both had hits to start the game. Victorino and Utley doubled back-to-back with one out in the first to get the Phillies on the board at 2-1. Howard led off the fourth with a single, stole second and came in to score on a hit by Feliz to tie the game at 2-2. Three singles and a walk off of Blanton led to two more Yankees’ runs in the top of the fourth and New York was up again at 4-2. Utley hit his third home run off of CC Sabathia in the series in the bottom of the seventh to get the Phillies within one at 4-3. Joba Chamberlain was mowing down the Phils in the eighth before Feliz connected for a home run that tied the game at 4-4. Lidge came on in the ninth and got the first two men he faced before Damon reached on a single. Damon stole second and, thanks to a weird shift that was on for Teixeira and a miscue that left nobody covering third base, took third on the same play. A-Rod delivered an RBI-double that put the Yanks up 5-4 and Posada extended the lead to 7-4 with a two-run single. The Phils went quietly in the ninth.

After losing game four 7-4, the Phillies trail the New York Yankees three games to one in the World Series.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double for Jeter, and he struck out seven.

He faced a Yankees lineup that went (1) Jeter (SS/R) (2) Damon (LF/R) (3) Teixeira (1B/S) (4) Rodriguez (3B/R) (5) Posada (C/S) (6) Cano (2B/L) (7) Swisher (RF/S) (8) Cabrera (CF/S). That’s the same lineup that New York used against Hamels in game three.

The Yankees had five players on their bench to start the game, righties Jose Molina and Jerry Hairston and lefties Brett Gardner, Hideki Matsui and Eric Hinske.

Jeter led off the game and hit a ground ball on the right side. Utley made a diving stop but slipped getting to his feet and Jeter had a single. Damon was next and he doubled to right, sending Jeter to third. Teixeira hit the first pitch of his at-bat down the first base line. Howard made a nice diving stop for the first out, but Jeter came in to score and put New York up 1-0 with Damon going to third. Blanton hit A-Rod with the first pitch of his at-bat, putting men on first and third. Both teams were warned. Posada hit an 0-1 pitch to left for the second out. Damon tagged and came home. Ibanez’s throw was on line and would have been late anyway, but it bounced once and went off the helmet of Damon. Ruiz couldn’t handle it and Ibanez was charged with an error as A-Rod went to second with two outs. Cano flew to center 1-0 to leave Rodriguez stranded.

Third time in two games the Phillies had hit A-Rod. Nice of the umps to warn both teams and not just the Phils. Eleven pitches in the inning for Blanton.

The lead had been cut to 2-1 when Blanton started the second. He set down the bottom of the New York order quickly. Swisher struck out looking 2-2. Cabrera swung at the first pitch and flew to left. Sabathia struck out looking 1-2.

After throwing ten pitches in the inning, Blanton had thrown 21 for the game.

Jeter led off the third and hit a 1-1 pitch to third. Feliz made a nice diving stop and threw to first for the first out. Damon flew to right on a 1-0 pitch for the second out. Teixeira struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch he thought was low. It may have been, but the 2-2 pitch he took for a ball looked like a strike for sure.

Quick frame from Blanton against the top of the order. Eleven more pitches and he had thrown 32 for the game.

He had a 1-2-3 fourth, too. A-Rod flew to center 1-2 for the first out. Posada struck out looking at a 1-2 pitch. Cano struck out swinging 1-2.

Eleven in a row for Blanton. He was at 44 pitches for the game after throwing 12 in the inning.

The game was tied at 2-2 when he started the fifth. Swisher walked on four pitches to start the inning. Cabrera was next and hit a ball back up the middle. Utley back-handed and tried to flip to second, but the flip was nowhere close and New York had men on first and second with nobody out. Sabathia tried to bunt and couldn’t, striking out for the first out. Jeter hit a 1-1 pitch between second and third and just out of the reach of a diving Rollins and into left for a single. Swisher scored and it was 3-2 with men on first and second. Damon was next and he blooped a 1-0 pitch in between Utley and Werth for another single. Cabrera scored to make it 4-2. Teixeira got ahead 3-1 but flew to left for the second out. A-Rod flew to center 1-1 to end the frame.

The Yankees had a chance to blow the game open with Teixeira and A-Rod, but Blanton held them to two. Three weak hits for New York in the inning, but you shouldn’t walk the leadoff hitter. Great base-running by Cabrera on the hit by Damon to see that it was going to drop and score from second. Blanton was up to 68 after throwing 24 pitches in the inning.

Posada struck out swinging 2-2 for the first out of the sixth. Cano hit a 1-2 pitch hard to first, but Howard took it and flipped to Blanton covering for the second out. Swisher drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to put a man on for Cabrera, but Cabrera grounded to first to set New York down.

26 and 94 for Blanton.

Park started the seventh for the Phillies after they hit for Blanton in the bottom of the sixth. Sabathia hit for himself to start the inning and Park got him on a fly ball to right for the first out. Jeter followed with a walk before Park struck out Damon. Teixeira grounded to first for the third out.

Madson started the eighth with the Phillies down 4-3. He struck A-Rod out swinging 2-2 for the first out. Posada was next and drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch. Cano followed and blooped a ball down the left field line that dropped near the line as Feliz, Rollins and Ibanez all chased. Cano had a single and Posada went to second. Madson struck Swisher out looking 2-2 for the second out. Gardner, who had taken over for Cabrera in center in the sixth, was next and he popped to Rollins in short center to leave both men stranded.

Lidge started the ninth with the score tied at 4-4. Hideki Matsui hit for the pitcher Joba Chamberlain and popped to short on a 1-2 pitch for the first out. Lidge struck Jeter out swinging 3-2 for the second. Lidge got ahead of Damon 1-2 but couldn’t put him away. On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Damon singled to left. As the count went 1-0 on Teixeira, Damon stole second. The Phils had a weird shift on for Teixeira, with Feliz playing near short. Feliz took Ruiz’s throw and Damon was safe, but Feliz got turned around with his back to Damon. There was nobody covering third, so Damon took third. Lidge hit Teixeira to put men on first and third. Lidge got ahead 0-1, but A-Rod pounded a double to left that scored Damon to make it 5-4 and moved Teixeira to third. Posada was next and he got behind 0-2 but delivered a hit into left. It scored both runners, putting the Yankees up 7-4. Posada was out trying to go to second to end the frame.

Great at-bat for Damon. Gutsy steal with Teixeira and A-Rod coming to the plate with two outs — if he’s out they don’t get to hit. Very heads up play to take third, which Lidge should have been covering.

Again Lidge looks very good early in the inning but can’t get the third out.

Lidge threw 30 pitches in the game and Madson 20.

The Phillies lineup against lefty CC Sabathia went (1) Rollins (SS/S) (2) Victorino (CF/S) (3) Utley (2B/L) (4) Howard (1B/L) (5) Werth (RF/R) (6) Ibanez (DH/L) (7) Feliz (3B/R) (8) Ruiz (C/R).

The Phillies started the game with five players on the bench, lefties Dobbs, Stairs and Bako and righties Eric Bruntlett and Ben Francisco.

The Phils started the bottom of the first down 2-0. Rollins flew to right on an 0-1 pitch for the first out. Victorino hit a ball to left that dropped just in front of a diving Damon for a double. Utley got ahead 2-0 and drove a ball high off the wall in right-center for another double, scoring Victorino to make it 2-1. Howard struck out swinging 3-2 for the second out. Werth got ahead 3-1 and was walked intentionally. It put two men on for Ibanez, but Sabathia struck him out swinging 0-2.

Sabathia threw 24 pitches in the first inning. Ibanez had a big at-bat in the first inning of game one against Sabathia, too, and grounded to second with the bases loaded to end the inning. Nice to see Utley get a big hit, but the other two lefties continue their struggles.

The Phillies went in order in the second. Feliz flew to right 1-1. Ruiz got ahead 3-0 but grounded to short on a 3-1 pitch for the second out. Blanton struck out on three pitches.

Sabathia was at 35 pitches for the game after throwing 11 in the inning.

The Phillies went in order again in the third. Rollins flew to left on a 1-0 pitch. Victorino grounded hard to first with a full count. Utley popped to second on a 1-1 pitch to end the inning.

11 and 46 for Sabathia.

Howard led off the fourth and singled to center on a 2-1 pitch. He stole second as the count went 2-2 on Werth. Werth grounded to third for the first out with Howard holding second. Ibanez got behind 0-1 and flew to right for the second out. Feliz lined a ball to left that fell just in front of Damon. Damon short-hopped it and made an accurate throw to the plate as Howard rounded third and stormed towards home. Howard and the ball arrived at about the same time as Howard lowered his shoulder into the glove and arm of Posada. Posada didn’t handle the throw and Howard was safe. 2-2. The ball got away from Posada for an error that allowed Feliz to go to second. Ruiz was walked intentionally to put two men on for Blanton, but Sabathia struck him out swinging 0-2 to leave both men stranded.

Howard looked pretty imposing plowing into Posada. Can’t imagine what it must have looked like to Posada. Big hit for Feliz with two outs. The Howard stolen base might have kept the Phillies out of a double-play on the ground ball to third. Werth is really fast, so I’m not positive the Yankees would have gotten two if Howard had been on first.

Sabathia was at 66 pitches for the game after throwing 20 in the inning.

Rollins led off the bottom of the fifth with the Phils down 4-2 and singled into center. Victorino was next and walked. Utley got behind 0-2 and popped to Jeter checking his swing for the first out. Howard popped an 0-1 pitch to Jeter in shallow left for the second out. Werth struck out swinging 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

No runs for the Phils after putting two men on with nobody out and Utley, Howard and Werth coming to the plate. Golly. That’s kinda the who’s-who’s of players you would like the Phillies to send to the plate after they put the first two men on to start the frame. Sabathia was at 88 after 22 more pitches.

Gardner replaced Cabrera in center for the Yankees before the start of the bottom of the sixth. Ibanez struck out swinging 0-2 for the first out. Feliz was next and he singled into right on the first pitch. Ruiz hit a ground ball to second for the second out, moving Feliz to second. Francisco hit for Blanton and flew to center on the first pitch of his at-bat.

Just seven pitches in the inning for Sabathia. He was at 95.

He was back for the seventh after hitting for himself in the top of the inning. Rollins hit a 2-1 pitch hard, but at A-Rod. Rodriguez knocked it down and threw Rollins out for the first out. Victorino flew to right on 1-1 pitch. Sabathia got ahead of Utley, but Utley hit a 1-2 pitch out to right to cut the lead to 4-3. That was all for Sabathia and lefty Damaso Marte came in to pitch to Howard. Marte quickly got ahead of Howard 0-2, throwing an 0-1 fastball that was on the plate passed him. Howard flew to left on a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.

Third home run of the series for Utley off of Sabathia. Six home runs in the series for the Phillies, all solo shots. Three by Utley, two by Werth and one by Ruiz.

Righty Joba Chamberlain started the eighth for the Yankees and struck Werth out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Ibanez was next and he struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Feliz got a 3-2 fastball and blasted it out to left to tie the game at 4-4. Ruiz got behind 1-2 and struck out swinging.

In game one the Yankees left a righty, David Robertson, in to face the lefty Ibanez and it hurt them. In this game the righty strikes Ibanez out, but Feliz delivers a huge hit to tie the game.

Mariano Rivera started the ninth for New York with a 7-4 lead. Stairs hit for Lidge and grounded to first for the first out. Rollins popped to first for the second. Victorino got behind 0-2 and grounded to first to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game and is 3-for-15 without an extra-base hit in the series. He leads the team in walks with four.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double last night and is 3-for-15 with a double in the series.

Utley was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the series. 4-for-15 with three home runs and a double in the series. All three of his home runs have been solo shots. Rollins is on-basing .368 in the leadoff spot, but Victorino is on-basing .278 in front of Utley.

Howard was 1-for-4 and is 3-for-17 with two doubles in the series.

Werth was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts last night and is 4-for-13 with two home runs in the series.

Ibanez was 0-for-4 and struck out three times. 3-for-16 with two doubles so far.

Feliz had a huge home run in the bottom of the eighth last night. 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the game. 4-for-15 with a double and a home run in the series.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 last night and is 3-for-12 with two doubles and a home run in the series.

Stairs was 0-for-1 last night and is 1-for-6 in the series.

Francisco was 0-for-1 last night and is 0-for-4 with a walk in the series.

Game five is tonight with Cliff Lee facing AJ Burnett.


Hamels comes up petite

Things looked really good for the Phillies for the first two innings of game three last night. The Phils were up 3-0 after two and pounding away at Yankees starter Andy Pettitte. Pettitte had thrown 51 pitches for a Yankee team that had three games in three days and a bullpen just about everyone agreed needed to be avoided. Hamels had allowed one base-runner on a hit batter. The game changed in the middle innings, though. Pettitte snapped to life and started mowing down the Phillies hitters. Hamels didn’t make it out of the top of the fifth, which ended with New York up to stay at 5-3.

Werth put the Phillies up 1-0 with a homer off of Pettitte in the second. After Ibanez struck out, four straight Phillies reached and it helped the Phils score two more runs to go up 3-0. A-Rod hit a two-run homer off of Hamels in the fourth and Hamels didn’t make it out of the fifth as New York added three more to go up 5-3. A Nick Swisher home run in the sixth off of Happ made it 6-3 before Werth homered again to get the Phils within two at 6-4. In the seventh, Johnny Damon walked, stole a base and scored on a single by Posada off of Durbin to make it 7-4. Hideki Matsui delivered a pinch-hit homer off of Myers in the eighth to make it 8-4. Ruiz hit a home run off of Phil Hughes in the bottom of the ninth to make it 8-5, which is how it ended.

Hamels was not the only left-handed player who struggled for the Phillies last night. Far from it. Utley, Howard and Ibanez combined to go 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts. In the last two games Howard is 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts and Utley is 0-for-7 with a walk.

The Phils trail the Yankees two games to one in the World Series after dropping game three 8-5.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out three. It was his second straight start in the post-season in which he was unable to complete five innings.

He faced a Yankees lineup that went (1) Jeter (SS/R) (2) Damon (LF/R) (3) Teixeira (1B/S) (4) Rodriguez (3B/R) (5) Posada (C/S) (6) Cano (2B/L) (7) Swisher (RF/S) (8) Cabrera (CF/S). Matsui on the bench as the teams play the first non-DH game of the series.

The Yankees had five players on their bench to start the game, righties Jose Molina and Jerry Hairston and lefties Brett Gardner, Hideki Matsui and Eric Hinske.

Jeter led off the game, which started around 9:15 after a delay of about an hour and twenty minutes. Hamels got him to ground back to the mound on a 1-2 pitch for the first out. Damon grounded to short 1-2 for the second out. Teixeira struck out looking 1-2 to end the inning.

Impressive start for Hamels, who threw 13 pitches and 11 strikes in the inning.

He hit A-Rod with the first pitch of the second. Posada was next and hit what probably should have been a double-play ball to Feliz, but Feliz juggled and the Phillies could only get one out at second base. Cano struck out swinging 1-2 for the second out and Swisher flew to Werth in shallow right-center to set the Yankees down.

After throwing nine pitches in the inning, Hamels had thrown 22 in the game. Seventeen strikes.

He started the third with a 3-0 lead and set the Yankees down in order. Cabrera grounded to third, Pettitte grounded to second and Jeter flew to right.

Thirteen pitches had Hamels at 35.

Damon started the fourth and flew to right 0-1 for the first out. Hamels got ahead of Teixeira 1-2, but Teixeira walked on a 3-2 pitch that looked like it was a strike. It put a man on first for Rodriguez. A-Rod drove an 0-1 pitch to right that hit off of a camera on the top of the right field fence that hung over a little onto the field. He looked like he had a double that moved Teixeira to third, but the umps looked at the replay and ruled it was a home run. 3-2. Very close, but they probably got it right. Posada grounded to short and Cano fouled out to the catcher to end the frame.

The walk of Teixeira on what was probably strike three costs the Phillies a run. Fourteen pitches had Hamels at 49.

He didn’t make it out of the fifth. Swisher got behind 0-2 before he hit a 2-2 pitch down the left-field line for a double. Cabrera struck out swinging 0-2 for the first out, but Pettitte swung at the first pitch and dumped a ball in front of Victorino for a single. Swisher scored and it was 3-3. Jeter was next and he hit a ball into center to almost the same place. Victorino made a sliding effort but didn’t come up with the ball and Jeter had a single that put men on first and second with one out. Damon was next and he split the gap in right-center for a double that cleared the bases and made it 5-3. Teixeira walked on a 3-2 pitch that was way outside and that was it for Hamels. Happ came in and got A-Rod to line to center on a 1-1 pitch for the second out. Posada got ahead 3-0 but popped to Utley to set New York down.

Nice job by Happ. Posada may have done him a favor, cause Happ looked like he would have been happy to walk Posada and go after the lefty Cano behind him.

Happ came back for the sixth. Cano grounded to second for the first out. Swisher was next and Happ got ahead of him 1-2, but Swisher hit the 2-2 pitch out to left to make it 6-3. Cabrera flew to left for the second out and Happ struck Pettitte out swinging 2-2 for the third.

A double and a home run in the last two innings for Swisher. Second time the Phillies pitcher got way ahead of him and didn’t put him away.

Durbin started the seventh with the Phils down 6-4. Jeter flew to right for the first out, but Damon followed and drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch after getting behind 1-2. Damon was running on the 3-2 pitch to Teixeira. Teixeira struck out swinging for the second out, but Damon was safe a second. Durbin hit A-Rod with a 2-2 pitch, putting men on first and second. Posada singled into left on a 3-2 pitch, scoring Damon to make it 7-4. Durbin stayed in to pitch to the lefty Cano and struck him out swinging 1-2 to set New York down.

Second time the Phillies hit A-Rod in the game. I was surprised it was Durbin and not Park in the seventh. I was expecting Park-Madson-Lidge seven-eight-nine. I thought the Phillies should have brought Eyre in to pitch to Cano, but it worked out well.

It wasn’t Madson in the eighth, either. Myers started the eighth and got Swisher to fly to left on a 2-0 pitch for the first out. Cabrera struck out swinging for the second. Lefty Hideki Matsui hit for the pitcher Joba Chamberlain and homered to left 2-2 to make it 8-4. Jeter struck out swinging to end the frame.

Again I was surprised not to see the Phillies bring in a lefty to pitch to Matsui. Not sure what they were saving them for, but apparently it wasn’t Matsui pinch-hitting.

Madson pitched the ninth. Damon grounded to short for the first out and Teixeira flew to center for the second. A-Rod walked on a 3-1 pitch to put a man on for Posada, but Posada flew to center 3-2 to set New York down.

Happ, Durbin, Myers and Madson combined to allow three runs in 4 2/3 innings on three hits and two walks. The Phillies didn’t use Eyre or Bastardo in the game and let Durbin pitch to Cano and Myers pitch to Matsui. It seems like Manuel must have gone with Durbin and Myers in the seventh and eighth because of three games in three days. Down by just two runs in the seventh seems like a strange time to go to something other than your primary options, though.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Andy Pettitte went (1) Rollins (SS/S) (2) Victorino (CF/S) (3) Utley (2B/L) (4) Howard (1B/L) (5) Werth (RF/R) (6) Ibanez (DH/L) (7) Feliz (3B/R) (8) Ruiz (C/R).

The Phillies started the game with five players on the bench, lefties Dobbs, Stairs and Bako and righties Eric Bruntlett and Ben Francisco.

Rollins swung at the first pitch to start the bottom of the first and hit a ball that went off the glove of Rodriguez at third and into left field for a single. Victorino was next and he popped a 1-2 pitch to third for the first out. Rollins stole second as the count went 3-1 on Utley, but Utley struck out swinging for the second out. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Rollins stranded.

Like Burnett, Pettitte walks a lot of hitters. In a change from game two, however, the Phillies were very aggressive early in the count against Pettitte after taking time after time against Burnett. Rollins, Victorino and Utley all swung at the first pitch. Pettitte threw twenty pitches in the inning.

Werth started the second and got ahead 3-0 before he hit a 3-2 pitch out to left to put the Phillies up 1-0. Feliz was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch high off the wall in right for a double. Ruiz walked 3-1. Hamels bunted the first pitch from Pettitte and his bunt was beautiful on the third base side of the mound. The Yankees couldn’t get an out and Hamels had a single that loaded the bases. Rollins walked 3-1 and Feliz scored to make it 2-0. Victorino swung at two bad pitches to get down 0-2, but hit Pettitte’s next pitch to left deep enough for Ruiz to tag and score and make it 3-0 with two down and men on first and second. Utley struck out looking 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

Great to see Feliz pound a double high off the wall. Pettitte made a bad pitch to Victorino 0-2 after Victorino looked awful trying to be aggressive early in the count. Nice job by Ruiz and Rollins to take the walks when the plan was clearly to go after Pettitte early in the count. Long inning for Pettitte. Thirty-one pitches had him at 51 after just two innings.

Big strikeout for Utley with two men on to end the inning. The Phillies lefties, Utley, Howard and Ibanez, were a combined 0-for-4 with four strikeouts at this point. Rollins, Victorino, Werth, Feliz and Ruiz were 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two walks and three RBI.

Pettitte set the Phils down in order in the third. Howard struck out swinging 0-2. Werth got ahead 3-1 but flew to right for the second out. Ibanez flew to center on the first pitch of his at-bat.

A nine-pitch inning had Pettitte at 60.

Feliz started the fourth with the Phils up 3-2. He hit a ground ball to third, but A-Rod’s throw pulled Teixeira off bag for an error. Ruiz hit a 2-0 pitch in the hole between short and third. Jeter threw to second to force Feliz for the first out. Hamels bunted Ruiz to second for the second out. Rollins got ahead 2-1 but flew to right to leave Ruiz stranded.

Twelve pitches had Pettitte at 72.

Down 5-3 in the fifth the Phils went in order again. Victorino flew to Cabrera. Utley grounded to first with Pettitte covering. Howard popped to short 1-0 to end the inning.

Eleven pitches for Pettitte and 83 for the game. He threw 51 in innings one and two and 32 in innings three, four and five. The only batter to reach for the Phillies in innings three, four and five was Feliz. He reached on A-Rod’s error.

It was 6-3 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Werth led off and homered again, smashing a 1-1 pitch out to left to make it 6-4. Ibanez struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch that wasn’t in the strike zone. Feliz struck out swinging at a 3-2 pitch that wasn’t in the strike zone. Ruiz drew a walk and Bruntlett hit for Happ and flew to right.

Bruntlett is a miserable second-best option as a righty off the bench, but I agree with Manuel it was too early for Francisco. With Ibanez’s strikeout Utley, Ibanez and Howard were 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in the game.

21 and 104 for Pettitte.

The Phils were down 7-4 when they hit in the seventh. Righty Joba Chamberlain was on in relief of Pettitte and set them down in order. Rollins flew to left-center on a 1-0 pitch. Victorino got ahead 2-1 and grounded to second. Utley lined a 1-1 pitch to center to end the inning.

Lefty Damaso Marte came on to start the eighth with an 8-4 lead. Gardner was in center with Cabrera in right and Swisher out of the game. The Phillies went in order. Howard struck out again, swinging 0-2. Werth got to face the lefty but struck out looking 2-2. Ibanez lined an 0-2 pitch to third.

Righty Phil Hughes started the ninth with an 8-4 lead. Feliz grounded to third on a 2-2 pitch for the first out. Ruiz was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch from Hughes out to left-center to make it 8-5. Stairs hit for Madson. Righty Mariano Rivera took over for Hughes and got Stairs to ground to second 0-2. Rollins popped a 1-0 pitch to third to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Victorino 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Utley 0-for-4 and struck out twice.

Howard 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. 2-3-4 in the lineup were 0-for-11 in the game.

Werth was 2-for-4 with two home runs. Sure would be nifty to get someone on base for one of those, but this was not the game for that.

Ibanez 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Feliz 1-for-4 with a double.

Ruiz 1-for-2 with two walks and a home run.

Stairs 0-for-1.

Bruntlett 0-for-1.

Game four is tonight with Joe Blanton scheduled to meet lefty CC Sabathia.


Wish you were here

Cole Hamels faces lefty Andy Pettitte in game three on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Pettitte made 32 starts for the Yankees this season, going 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.38 ratio. Righties hit 249/331/386 against him and lefties 282/321/409. Like Burnett, same-side hitters hit for a higher average against him. Over his career the numbers for lefties and righties against him are very similar — 270/329/400 for righties and 271/318/393 for lefties.

In 2009, he didn’t walk lefties but he did walk righties. He faced 236 lefties this year and walked 12 of them (5.1%). He walked 63 of 597 (10.6%) righties. He was fourth in the AL in walks this season, walking 76 in 194 2/3 innings or about 3.51 per nine innings.

Righties and lefties got extra-base hits at about the same rate (7.2% of righties and 6.8% of lefties).

He was a lot better away from home than he was at it. 8-4 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.26 ratio away and 6-4 with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.49 ratio at home. He threw 100 innings at home and 94 2/3 away and allowed 14 homers at home and six on the road.

He started against the Phillies on May 23 and allowed four runs over seven innings. Ibanez and John Mayberry hit homers off of him in that game. The Phils took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but the Yankees got three runs off of Lidge and won 5-4.

Pettitte has made 38 post-season starts in his career, throwing to a 3.83 ERA with a 1.33 ratio (3.91 and 1.36 for his regular season career). In three starts this post-season he’s 2-0 over 19 innings with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.05 ratio. He’s walked just three and struck out 15. In game three of the NLDS he held the Twins to a run over 6 1/3 innings, giving up just three hits and a walk. He started game three of the ALCS against the Angels and allowed three runs over 6 1/3, giving up a pair of home runs. In game six he allowed a run over 6 1/3 innings.

Raul Ibanez is the Phillie with the most regular season at-bats against Pettitte. He’s 6-for-21 with a double and a home run (286/318/476). Rollins 4-for-18 with a home run. Victorino 3-for-6. Utley 1-for-7 and Howard 1-for-9. Werth 1-for-13 with a homer. Feliz 2-for-7 with three walks. Ruiz 2-for-3 with a homer.

3-4-5 of the order a combined 3-for-29. That could be better.

The Phils could sure use Cole Hamels right about now. He went 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.29 ratio over 32 starts in 2009. He went into the All-Star break with an ugly 4.87 ERA, but threw to a 3.76 ERA and a 1.19 ratio in 15 starts after the break. He was much better at home this year than away from Citizens Bank Park. 3.76 ERA and a 1.12 ratio at home and a 4.99 ERA and a 1.48 ratio away. He was pretty good against lefties this year (242/295/416). Righties hit .282 against him, but he didn’t walk many of them, holding their line for the year against him to 282/320/447.

He made one start against the Yankees this year, which came on May 24 in New York. He allowed two runs over six innings. Teixeira hit a home run off of him. A single by Cabrera off of Lidge in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at 3-3. Ruiz had an RBI-double off of Tomko in the top of the eleventh and the Phils won 4-3.

Hamels struggled at the end of the year, throwing to a 7.02 ERA over his last three starts. After a brilliant post-season in 2008 he’s been hit hard in the playoffs as well. In three post-season starts in ’09 he has allowed 11 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings (6.75 ERA). He’s allowed 20 hits in the 14 2/3 innings, six of which were home runs.

He allowed four runs in five innings against the Rockies in game two of the NLDS. In game one of the NLCS against the Dodgers he allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He got an early hook in game five, allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The former Brave Teixeira is the Yankee who has seen him the most. 5-for-17 with two home runs. Jeter 4-for-7. Damon 3-for-5 with a double and two walks. A-Rod 0-for-4 with a walk. Matsui 0-for-3. Posada 0-for-3. Cano 0-for-3.

The teams play three games in three days, so if either the Phils or the Yankees chase the other’s starter early in game three it’s going to make a whole lot of problems.

Joe Blanton will start game four.


Most influential player that ever stepped in Yankee Stadium makes his case for a new addition to Vizzini’s list

Vizzini is the guy in The Princess Bride who is best known for his list of classic blunders that’s headed up by never getting involved in a land war in Asia. With an assist to Grady Little, it may be time for him to add never letting Pedro Martinez stay in a playoff game to pitch to Hideki Matsui. In game six of the 2003 ALCS, Little left Martinez in to pitch to Matsui in the bottom of the eighth and the Red Sox were never able to recover. Last night, after being pulled from his previous start after 87 pitches with a two-hit shutout, Martinez’s 97th pitch of the game was delivered to Matsui and Matsui hit it out to right to put New York on top to stay at 2-1.

Despite the high pitch count, Pedro was throwing well at the time. He had just struck out the big bats of Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez back-to-back. Starting with the at-bat against Matsui, though, he faced four more hitters in the game. Matsui homered, he got one out to end the sixth and the only two men he faced in the seventh got hits. Keeping Martinez in to face those four hitters cost the Phillies two runs in a game when they scored one. They got off that easy because of a missed call that gave them two outs on a play where they earned none.

AJ Burnett was fantastic in the game. The Phillies managed a run off of him in the second thanks to a two-out bloop double that was followed by a ground ball to third that should have been handled by A-Rod but went into left to put the Phils up 1-0. Martinez pitched well early as well, but Mark Teixeira connected for a solo home run in the fourth that tied the game at 1-1. With his pitch count near 100, Martinez stayed in to pitch to Matsui with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and Matsui hit a 1-2 pitch just out to right. 2-1. Pedro came back to start the seventh against the miserable bottom of the Yankees order and couldn’t get anybody out. He faced two men in the inning and both singled, putting men on first and third with nobody out. Park came in to face Jorge Posada and Posada delivered an RBI-single that made it 3-1 with men on first and second and nobody out. Jeter tried to bunt and fouled out before the Phillies got out of the inning without any more damage, getting a double-play on a ball hit hard to Howard that the umps said he caught that he didn’t. Mariano Rivera came in and kept the Phils off the board for the last two innings of the game.

The Phillies took a ton of pitches in the game and got behind Burnett time after time. Some people seem to think it was the wrong approach. I don’t agree. I’m pretty sure it was the perfect approach — not because you want Burnett to throw a lot of pitches and you get to take a chance against the pen, but because Burnett will walk the whole world. He didn’t last night. He was great. But the approach was right for the Phillies, at least to start the game. I think you can argue that they should have started swinging earlier in the count in the middle innings when it was clear that Burnett was getting ahead time after time. I think they want to do it the same way the next time they see him, at least early in the game.

So the Phils leave New York with a split but also with a bad taste in the mouth. The things that stick out most in my mind from the two games aren’t Utley’s home runs or the clutch hit from Ibanez or even Lee’s heroics. It’s Pedro walking off the mound and pointing at the sky and the little smile on his face after he didn’t pitch well and the Phillies were losing. It’s the way that Lee caught Damon’s popup as if he playing in the World Series wasn’t quite enough for him and he needed to manufacture a little excitement. It especially bothers me because I haven’t seen either of those guys win the World Series wearing a Phillies’ uniform. The Phils have put together a fantastic run in the post-season over the past two seasons because they have elevated their play. They’ve played with an intensity that’s been pretty awesome to watch, but it’s just about the exact opposite of flipping out your glove to catch a popup. They have simply been better in the playoffs than they are in the regular season. It feels like this is the place where I should be saying that it’s not that I don’t want to see them having fun. The problem with that is it’s not true. I don’t want to see them having fun. Not during the game. Have fun after the game or before it on in August when you’re up by 8 1/2 games in the division. Right now you need to go back to work.

The Phillies and Yankees are tied at one game apiece in the World Series after the Yankees took game three in New York last night.

Martinez got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out eight.

He faced a Yankees lineup that went (1) Jeter (SS/R) (2) Damon (LF/R) (3) Teixeira (1B/S) (4) Rodriguez (3B/R) (5) Matsui (DH/L) (6) Cano (2B/L) (7) Hairston (RF/R) (8) Cabrera (CF/S) (9) Molina (C/R). Molina catches Burnett with Posada on the bench. Hairston plays right with Swisher on the bench. Matsui and Cano move up a spot in the order. That lineup is a gift to the Phillies. Sure was nice of New York to take their good players out of the lineup and put their bad ones in instead. Taking Posada, who was among the best hitters in baseball against righties this year, out against a righty is particularly nice. Hairston had nice numbers against Martinez coming into the game, but it sure seems like the Yankees would have been better off with the lefty Hinske in right if Swisher wasn’t going to play.

The Yankees had four players on their bench to start the game, lefties Brett Gardner and Eric Hinske and the switch-hitters Posada and Swisher.

Pedro threw a 1-2-3 first, striking Jeter out swinging 3-2 for the first out, Damon swinging 1-2 for the second and getting Teixeira to pop to Rollins behind the mound to end the inning.

Big strike zone for Martinez in the first. Silliest call was a 1-1 pitch to Jeter that was pretty far outside and called a strike. Pedro threw 17 pitches in the inning.

Pedro started the second with a 1-0 lead. A-Rod struck out looking 1-2 for the first out. Matsui was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch past a diving Utley and into right for a single. Cano hit a ball into left-center on a 2-2 pitch, but Ibanez made a very nice diving play to take a hit away from him. Hairston flew to right to end the inning.

Great catch by Ibanez changed the inning. After a long 26-pitch inning Martinez was at 43 for the game after just two innings.

Cabrera flew to center to start the third. Molina followed and walked on a 3-2 pitch that was outside. Jeter struck out looking 2-2 for the second out and Damon swung at the first pitch and flew to center.

Sixteen pitches in the inning, 59 for the game.

Teixeira led off of the fourth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to right-center to tie the game at 1-1. A-Rod flew to left 0-2 for the first out. Matsui drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch, but Cano flew to center and Hairston struck out looking 1-2.

After 16 pitches in the inning Martinez was at 75 for the game.

He struck Cabrera out swinging 1-2 for the first out of the inning. Molina grounded to short on an 0-1 pitch for the second out before Jeter came to the plate and lined his first pitch from Martinez into left for a double. Damon swung at the first pitch he saw, too, and popped to Howard to leave Jeter stranded.

Lots of action in the pen for the Phils as Martinez’s pitch count neared ninety. After throwing eight pitches in the inning he was at 83 for the game. Just two pitches for the Jeter and Damon at-bats.

Pedro struck out Teixeira swinging 2-2 for the first out in the sixth. A-Rod was next and he struck out swinging 1-2. Martinez stayed in to pitch to the lefty Matsui. He got ahead of him 0-2, but Matsui hit a low 1-2 pitch out to right to put New York up 2-1. Cano flew to left on an 0-1 pitch for the third out.

Another big hit for Matsui off of Pedro in the post-season. Martinez stays in to pitch to the lefty and it costs the Phils. A-Rod was 0-for-7 in the series with five strikeouts and a bad defensive play at this point. Sixteen pitches in the inning had Pedro at 99.

He came back to start the seventh and it cost the Phils. Hairston led off and got behind 0-2 but singled to right on a 1-2 pitch. Brett Gardner ran for him at first. Cabrera lined a single to right and Cabrera went to third. Posada hit for Molina and Park came in to pitch to him. Park got ahead of Posada, but Posada lined a 1-2 pitch into center for a single. Gardner scored to make it 3-1. Jeter was next and he tried to bunt but got behind 0-2. He bunted the next pitch foul for the first out. Eyre came in to pitch to the lefty Damon. Damon hit it hard to first. Howard threw wildly to second and wouldn’t have gotten any out on the play, but the ump at first ruled that Howard had caught the ball. He hadn’t, but Rollins tagged out Posada on second base to complete a double-play to end the inning.

Bottom of the order gets it done for the Yankees against Pedro as Manuel lets him start the seventh. Park flailed his arms about after the Posada hit, but I’m not sure if he was mad at someone or just the hit. Jeter trying to bunt is a poor idea, especially with two strikes. It helped the Phillies out a lot. They got three outs in the inning. Jeter gave them one he shouldn’t have and the other two came on a play where they wouldn’t have gotten any with the right call.

Madson started the eighth with the Phils still down 3-1. He hit Teixeira on the leg, but struck A-Rod out looking at pitch out of the strike zone 1-2 for the first out. Matsui got ahead 2-0 but struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Cano hit the first pitch of his at-bat into right for a single, moving Teixeira to second. Gardner was next and he struck out swinging 1-2 to end the inning and leave both runners stranded.

Jeter is 4-for-8 with two doubles so far. Matsui 3-for-6 with a homer. Posada 2-for-5. A-Rod 0-for-8 with six strikeouts. Cabrera, Cano, Teixeira and Damon are a combined 4-for-28 with the big home run by Teixeira. The Yankees have two walks in the first two games, one by Matsui and one by Molina.

The Phillies lineup against righty AJ Burnett went (1) Rollins (SS/S) (2) Victorino (CF/S) (3) Utley (2B/L) (4) Howard (1B/L) (5) Werth (RF/R) (6) Ibanez (LF/L) (7) Stairs (DH/L) (8) Feliz (3B/R) (9) Ruiz (C/R). Stairs at DH against the righty with Ibanez back in left field and Francisco on the bench. Four lefties between the 3-4-5-6 spots in the order.

The Phillies started the game with four players on the bench, lefties Dobbs and Bako and righties Eric Bruntlett and Ben Francisco. Dobbs was on the roster but not available. He has the flu.

Burnett looked very good in the first. Rollins flew to left on a 1-1 pitch for the first out. Victorino struck out looking 1-2. Utley got ahead 3-1 and flew to left.

Burnett threw strike one to all three hitters in the inning. All three took. He threw 12 pitches in the inning.

Howard started the second and struck out trying to check his swing 1-2. Werth grounded to third on a 3-2 pitch. Ibanez hit a 2-2 pitch down the left field line. It dropped on the line and went into the stands for a ground-rule double. Stairs was next and he hit a 1-1 pitch hard to third. It went under A-Rod’s glove for a single. Ibanez scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Feliz struck out swinging 1-2 to end the frame.

Burnett had gotten ahead of all eight Phillies hitters 0-1. Two lefties in a row hit with hits to the left side of the infield. You won’t see Matt Stairs with a lot of hits to left. A-Rod should have made the play on his ball. Burnett threw 25 pitches in the inning and was up to 37 for the game.

He didn’t get ahead of Ruiz to start the third, cause Ruiz swung at the first pitch and grounded out to short. Rollins was next and he drew a walk. He was running as Victorino dribbled a 2-2 pitch back to the mound. Burnett threw to first for the second out. Utley was next and took three straight balls before the Yankees put him on intentionally. With two outs and men on first and second, Howard took ball one too but struck out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

Utley was the first Phillies hitter to get ahead in the count on the first pitch. Twenty-four pitches for Burnett in the inning and 61 for the game.

Werth led off the fourth and singled to right. Ibanez got behind 0-2 and checked his swing as the count went 1-2. Molina threw to first and Werth was picked off for the second out. Ibanez struck out swinging for the second out. Stairs swung at the first pitch and flew to left.

Huge play by Molina helps the Yankees work around the leadoff single. If you’re going to get four hits and two walks in seven innings off of Burnett you don’t want to give away outs on the bases. It got the crowd, which had been sleepy all night, back in the game, too. The Yankees scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the inning when Teixeira led off with a home run. Twelve pitches had Burnett up to 73.

Feliz started the fifth with the score tied at 1-1. He swung at the first pitch and flew to right. Ruiz was next and he ripped a 1-2 pitch into left and off the wall for a double. Rollins struck out swinging 3-2 for the second out. Victorino swung at the first pitch of his at-bat and popped to third, leaving Ruiz stranded.

Burnett was up to 86 pitches for the game after throwing 13 in the inning. Two outs in the frame on the first pitch.

Utley led off the sixth and grounded softly to first 2-1 for the first out. Howard struck out looking 2-2 for the second out. Werth flew to center on an 0-1 pitch for the third out.

Third strikeout in three at-bats for Howard. Burnett threw 11 pitches in the inning and had thrown 97 in the game.

The Phils started the seventh down 2-1. Ibanez struck out looking 1-2. Stairs struck out looking 0-2. Burnett got ahead of Feliz and Feliz hit a 1-2 pitch softly to short for the third out.

Eight in a row for Burnett. After 11 pitches in the inning he was at 108 for the game.

Righty Mariano Rivera started the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead. Ruiz grounded to third on a 1-1 pitch for the first out. Rollins was next and he walked on a 3-2 pitch. Victorino dribbled an 0-1 pitch into right field for a single, sending Rollins to second. With the count full on Utley the runners were not running with the pitch. Utley hit a hard ground ball to second and the Yankees turned the double-play with the help of a strong throw from Jeter that just nipped Utley.

Utley was safe at first, but the Phils got their share of calls in the game. Not sending the runners on the 3-2 count cost the Phillies the chance to bring Howard to the plate as the go-ahead run. I’m okay with not running, cause I think you want to stay out of the strike-out-throw-out double-play that ends the inning, too.

Rivera was back for the ninth and struck Howard out looking 0-2 on a ball that wasn’t in the strike zone for the first out. Werth hit a soft liner to second 2-2 for the second out. Ibanez doubled to left-center on a 1-1 pitch, bringing Stairs to the plate as the tying run. Rivera struck him out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-2 with two walks in the game. 1-for-6 with three walks in the series.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 2-for-8 with a walk so far.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk last night and 2-for-7 with two walks and two home runs in the series.

Howard was 0-for-4 and struck out four times. He’s 2-for-9 with two doubles in the first two games.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with two doubles in the game. The Phils had just three extra-base hits last night — two doubles by Ibanez and one by Ruiz. He also made a very nice diving catch in left. Ibanez is 3-for-8 in the series.

Werth was 1-for-4 last night and is 2-for-6 with two walks in the series. He made an awful mistake in last night’s game, getting picked off of first base.

Stairs was 1-for-4 with an RBI in his only action in the series.

Feliz was 0-for-3 in the game and is 0-for-7 so far.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a double in the game and 2-for-7 with two doubles in the series.

Mariano threw 39 pitches in the game, but there’s an off day today with game three on Saturday.


Take two

Pedro Martinez faces righty AJ Burnett tonight in game two of the World Series.

Burnett went 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.40 ratio in 33 starts for the Yankees this season. The righty was much better against lefties than he was against righties. Lefties hit just 217/310/343 against him while righties hit a much better 282/366/450. Lefties did walk a little more often against him. He walked about 11% of the lefties he faced and about 10.6% of the righties. The on-base percentage is so much better for righties cause they got so many more hits.

He walked too many batters, both right and left-handed. That’s how his ratio is 1.40 when he allowed 193 hits in 207 innings. Overall he walked about 4.22 batters per nine innings. Among the 11 Phillies pitchers who started more than one game for the team this season the pitcher with the worst rate of walks per nine innings was Park. He walked 3.56 per nine for the year.

Burnett gave up 97 walks this year, which led the American League. He led it by a lot. Matt Garza and Ricky Romero tied for second and they each walked 79.

He has made three starts in the post-season this year, throwing to a 4.42 ERA with a 1.31 ratio. In 18 1/3 innings he has walked ten. In game two of the ALDS he held the Twins to a single run over six innings but walked five. In game two of the ALCS he held the Angels to two runs over 6 1/3. His most recent start was game five of the ALCS and he was hit hard, allowing six runs over six innings.

He made a start against the Phils on May 22 of this year and allowed five runs over six innings as the Phillies rolled to a 7-3 win in Philadelphia. Werth, Rollins and Ruiz all homered off of him in that game.

Rollins is the Phillie who has seen Burnett the most in the regular season over his career. 11-for-43 with three doubles and a home run (256/340/395). Victorino 1-for-6. Utley 6-for-21 with a triple and a homer (286/348/542). Howard 2-for-12 with two home runs. Werth 1-for-7 with a homer. Ibanez 4-for-15 with a double. Feliz 2-for-15. Ruiz 3-for-3 with a home run. Stairs is 3-for-11 with two home runs against him.

Martinez made nine starts for the Phillies this season, pitching to a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 ratio over 44 2/3 innings. He gave up seven home runs — that rate would have him giving up about 31 over 200 innings. Opponents slugged .472 against him for the season.

He didn’t walk much of anyone. His walk rate of 1.61 batters per nine innings was the best of any Phillies pitcher other than Lee.

He was fantastic in his start in game two of the NLDS against the Dodgers, allowing two singles over seven shutout innings. That is the only start he has made since September 30. He had a pitch limit of about 90 pitches in the NLCS and was pulled having thrown just 87.

He has faced some of the Yankees a lot during the regular season over his career. Jeter is 22-for-86 with three doubles and three home runs against him (256/347/395). Damon 5-for-25 with two walks (200/259/200). Teixeira 1-for-6 with a double. Rodriguez 16-for-56 with two doubles and a home run (291/350/382). Posada 11-for-60 with four home runs and a memorable post-season head-pointing incident (183/290/450). Matsui 4-for-28 with a homer (143/200/250). Cano 0-for-12. Swisher 0-for-2. Cabrera 1-for-5 with a walk.


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