Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Phillies Force Series Back to Bronx for Game 6

Players of the Day for Monday, November 2, 2009 Philadelphia Phillies 8, NY Yankees 6 Chase Utley socked a three-run homer in the first inning off Yankee starter A.J. Burnett and launched a solo shot in the 7th - his 5th home run of the series, tying him with Reggie Jackson for the most all-time in a series - as the Phillies took Game 5 by an 8-6 score, sending the World Series back to New York for Game 6. The anticipated pitcher's duel between Burnett and Philly starter Cliff Lee never materialized as the Yankees struck for a run in the first inning when Derek Jeter scampered home from first base on Alex Rodriguez' RBI double. After Utley's first blast gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead, Phillies batters added three more in the third off RBI singles by Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez and a fielder's choice ground out by catcher Carlos Ruiz. Burnett was chased from the mound, never recording an out in the 3rd inning, officially tagged with all 6 earned runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. Lee fared better, eventually being lifted in the 8th after allowing a 2-RBI double by Rodriguez with no outs in the inning. Lee finished with 5 earned runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, but did earn the win, his second of the series, without a loss. The series now shift back to New York for Game 6 on Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:57 pm ET. Andy Pettitte gets the nod for the Yankees, against Pedro Martinez for the Phillies. The Yankees had the best home record in the majors during the regular season (57-24); the Phillies were tied with the LA Angels for the best road record in the majors at 48-33.

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