After Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee was held out from pitching on three days’ rest, he found himself behind the 8-ball in a game that his team had to win to continue the series. Lee answered the call, giving up only two runs over seven innings before loading the bases and getting yanked in the eighth as the Phillies won 8-6 and live to play another day as the World Series returns to Yankee Stadium.
Lee went 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA in his first four starts this postseason, which was the lowest ERA of any pitcher in a single postseason with 30 or more innings. He had allowed just two earned runs in 33 1/3 innings. He had allowed just 20 hits and three walks and had struck out 30. Opponents had hit just .171 against him. –MLB.com
Chase Utley also brought his whoopin’ stick, mashing his fourth and fifth homers of the series, which ties the record that Reggie Jackson set in 1977. Game 6 is Thursday, and the Phillies need to win two straight at Yankee Stadium to prevail. So if you had “Yankees in six,” good job.