Last night’s game was another nail-biter. It shouldn’t have been, considering our 6-run lead at one point, but it was. The Yankees’ offense is annoyingly potent, and even Lee wasn’t totally lights-out against them last night–he pitched well, of course, but he gave up 5 runs. (I think he pitched much better than that ERA would lead you to believe, though.)
AJ Burnett, the only Yankee I think is really attractive, pitched about as well as he did when I had him on my fantasy team this year–which is to say not well at all. He didn’t last 3 innings. They kept panning the camera to him sitting in the dugout after he was done on the mound, looking miserable (where I noticed the hot Pisces tattoo on his hand and also noticed that his eyes are a truly gorgeous shade of blue), and if he wasn’t part of The Enemy I would be sooooooo tempted to console him after having such a tough night, haha.
As was the case in Game 1, this kinda turned into the Ut-Lee show. Chase Utley homered twice (one was a 3-run dinger), tying a record, and Cliff Lee pitched well, managing to not let the Yankees’ offense get too out of control. Jimmy Rollins had a good night, and Raul Ibanez had a nice solo shot. Madson scared the hell out of me for a few moments on the mound, but overall did a good job in relief (so did Park), although I would have been happy with whoever the Phillies trotted out there for relief so long as it wasn’t Brad Line Drive.
So now we look forward to a Game 6 in the Bronx. I think if the Phillies can win Game 6, they’ll win the Series in Game 7 simply because they’ll have shaken up the Yankees, who clearly expect to win this thing–also, by that point, the Yankees’ starting pitching is gonna be really, really tired (and in the case of Pettitte, who pitches Game 6, the pitching is gonna be tired and old).
But maybe they won’t win Game 6. Who can tell at this point? At least if that happens, the Yankees can win at home, christening their new stadium with a World Series win, and the Phillies won’t have embarrassed themselves too much in the Series (winning 2 games is obviously better than winning just 1!).
But those are worst-case scenarios. After seeing how the Phils played in Game 5…I beLEEve. 🙂
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