Utley Leads Phillies To 8-6 Win Over Yankees
Chase Utley homered twice and drove in four runs to keep the Phillies alive and needing one more win to tie the 2009 World Series at 3-3 in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night after their 8-6 win over the Yankees.
Cliff Lee allowed only two runs in the first seven innings but gave up three runs in the eighth inning. A.J. Burnett allowed six runs and four hits and issued four free passes with the Phillies leading 6-1 after three innings.
Utley, Ibanez Hit Solo Homers In Seventh
The Yankees scored another run in the fifth inning to make it 6-2. Utley hit his second homer of the game and Raul Ibanez also homered in the seventh inning to give the Phillies a 8-2 lead. Both home runs came at the expense of Yankee reliever Phil Coke and were solo homers.
The Yankees scored three more times in the top of the eighth to make the score 8-5 in favor of the Phillies. The Yankees scored their last run in the top of the ninth when Derek Jeter hit into a double play with the Phillies holding on to win 8-6.
Phillies Leave Lidge In Bullpen
The Phillies were smart to not bring Brad Lidge into the game and it is doubtful if he will pitch again in the 2009 World Series. When a pitcher implodes with two outs like he did on Sunday night Charlie Manuel knew he couldn’t risk Lidge blowing another save and ending the World Series with a loss.
Now the Phillies have two pitchers they would like to hide the rest of the series with Cole Hamels being in line to start the seventh game but if he does the 2009 World Series banner is likely to be waving over Yankee Stadim.
Hamels says he wants the ball for Game 7 even though he knows he has not pitched well in the World Series. Meanwhile Cliff Lee says he is available to pitch in the final game. If he had pitched on three days rest on Sunday night the Phillies may be ahead in the World Series three games to two.
Hamels, Sabathia Could Start Game 7
If Lee doesn’t start in Game 7 then it would be tantamount to handing the championship to the Yankees if Cole Hamels starts against C.C. Sabathia.
All this is conjecture since there is the little matter of winning Game 6 before any Game 7 scenarios can be taken very seriously by the Phillies.
Pedro Martinez will face the hostile Yankee Stadium crowd again on Wednesday night who would love to see Martinez lose against Game 6 Yankee starter Andy Pettitte.
2009 World Series Statistical Highlights
Johnny Damon leads all hitters in the 2009 World Series with a .381 average with Derek Jeter is next at .364. Jorge Posada is the only other Yankee hitting over .300 with a .313 average.
Chase Utley is the only Phillie hitting over .300 with a .333 average. Jayson Werth is next at .294.
Utley leads in home runs with five with Hideki Matsui and Jayson Werth second with two each. Utley also leads in runs batted in with eight while Alex Rodriguez is next with six.
Ryan Howard leads in strikeouts with 12 in 19 innings.
Cliff Lee leads in wins with two and with a 2.81 ERA among all World Series starters. C.C. Sabathia is the worst Yankee starter with no wins in two starts and a loss. Joe Girardi still would like to start him in Game 7.
Mariano Rivera leads in saves with two with Ryan Madson being the only other reliever with a save.
C.C. Sabathia has allowed the most home runs with three in 13 innings while Cliff Lee has not given up a home run in 16 innings.
Sabathia and A.J. Burnett lead in walks with six each….Lee leads in strikeouts with 13 and Sabathia is second with 12.
The Yankees are hitting .246 to the .232 by the Phillies. The Phillies have homered 10 times while the Yankees have five homers. The Phillies are outslugging the Yankees .470 to .395. The Yankees are barely leading the Phillies in runs scored 25-24.
The Yankees and Phillies both have 4.91 ERA’s during the 2009 World Series. The Yankees have issued 19 walks while the Phillies have allowed 13 walks.
The Phillies lead in strikeouts with 45 to 43 by the Yankees.
Mark Teixeira is hitting .105 with 2 hits in 19 at bats while Alex Rodriguez is 4 for 18 for a .222 average. They have made their six hits count with all six being for extra bases and have driven in eight runs.
Ryan Howard is 3-19 with a .158 average and Shane Victorino is 3-18 with a .167 average and are the only Phillies hitting under .200.
Chase Utley is currently seventh on the all time list for slugging percentage in a single World Series with a 1.222 mark. The next home run by Utley will tie him for sixth on the all time list for most homers in the World Series with eight.
He would tie Joe DiMaggio, Bill Skowron and Frank Robinson. Utley has accomplished this in only one World Series plus five games into the 2009 World Series.
Alex Rodriguez has been in the postseason eight times but this is his first time to appear in the World Series.
Cliff Lee may have the chance to be only the second pitcher since Mickey Lolich in 1968 to win three games in a World Series providing the Yankees don’t win on Wednesday night. I can’t see the Phillies starting Cole Hamels starting Game 7 with his 0-1 record and 10.38 ERA with Cliff Lee and his 2-0 record and 2.81 ERA on the bench.
The Phillies made a monumental mistake by starting Joe Blanton in Game 4 instead of Lee. Instead of Lee pitching with three days rest twice if the series goes to Game 7 he would have to pitch in Game 7 with only two days rest.