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Monday, November 2, 2009

World Series Game 5: Phils stay alive, barely (2-3)

Chase Utley had 2 home runs and 4 RBIs as the Phils took Game 5 by a score of 8-6. Shane Victorino left the game early because of his injured finger, which has been reported to be not broken. His swings and throws looked painful the entire game.

Cliff Lee had thrown 103 pitches through 7 innings, yet he was sent back out to the mound for the 8th inning despite holding a 6-run lead. I think Manuel should have used Chan Ho Park to start the inning, simply because the Phils will probably need Lee to pitch in a potential Game 7 on 2-days rest. Lee allowed the first three baserunners to reach, all of whom ended up scoring. He should never have started the inning, and once he allowed the first two runners on, he should not have pitched to Alex Rodriguez. He doubled, and then the righty Park came in. The good news is that Lee only threw 9 pitches in the 8th inning,

As for Manuel's decision to go with Ryan Madson in the 9th inning: whatever. It was Madson's third appearance in three days, and he pitched like it. Thanks to Captain Clutch, however, Yankee Stadium will see at least one more game. Choosing between Madson on three straight days, Brad Lidge, and a semi-healthy Brett Myers is similar to Mets' fans thoughts on who to root for in this World Series. Lidge probably would have gotten the job done, but after last night and this entire season, Madson is probably the safest choice.

Pedro will go in Game 6, and I like his chances against Andy Pettitte on three-days rest.


Henry Rowengartner said...

Do bench warnings not carry over between playoff games? They should. Burnett should have been ejected after throwing at Victorino.

I guess because Victorino didn't strike a pose after getting hit means it wasn't intentional.

Scott Graham said...

Do you honestly believe that A.J. Burnett wanted to make it men on 1st and 2nd with 0 outs in the first inning? Chase Utley was on deck, and I highly doubt he wanted more men on base. I mean I guess it's possible, but if he did it intentionally then he's either very confident, or not very bright.

Henry Rowengartner said...

First, Burnett is a pitcher who came up with the Florida Marlins, which, by definition, means he is a jackass. Also, just look at him - he's clearly got the facial bone structure of a criminal. (to quote Uncle Phil: "I can only say that your daughter fits the criminal profile to a T, right down to the sloping forehead, and the wide jaws suitable for grains and small rodents!")

But no, I don't think he purposely threw at Victorino. But it is significantly more likely that he threw at Victorino than it was that any of the three Phillies pitchers threw at Rodriguez. So if Rodriguez getting hit was enough for warnings, and warnings were already in place (although I suppose they don't hold over from previous playoff games)then yes, Burnett should have been thrown out.

Ideally, absolutely nothing would have happened to anybody. But that would require having umpires who have the wherewithal to tell Rodriguez to shut the hell up and run to first.