GAME 5 at Philadelphia
PHILLIES 8, YANKEES 6
ON THE NIGHT OF A NOVEMBER full moon, with his team facing elimination against the Yankees, Manuel walked into the Phillies' clubhouse about an hour before Game 5 with the idea that he might have to say something profound to make sure his team was relaxed and ready to play. He thought better of it when he saw what was going on; they probably wouldn't be able to hear him over the music and laughter anyway. "He heard the music playing, went like, 'Sheesh,' and walked away," shortstop Jimmy Rollins said, "because there was nothing needed to be said."
Playing as loose as ever, the Phillies got their groove back after three straight losses, roaring to an 8-2 lead—with the red-hot Utley playing the November version of Mr. October, Reggie Jackson—and hanging on for an 8-6 victory. The Phillies happily jumped on their charter train the next day for the commute back to New York.
The degree of difficulty of Philadelphia's assignment had increased a bit immediately when the Yankees opened the game with a run off Lee, marking the first time in the postseason Philadelphia trailed with Lee on the mound. It didn't take long, however, for the Phillies to get back up. Actually, it took only eight pitches thrown by Yankees starter Burnett. Rollins singled, Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch and Utley smashed a 94-mph fastball into the rightfield seats for a 3-1 Philadelphia lead.
"Scoring runs early if you can do it is important," Utley said. "It takes a little pressure off everybody and Cliff, even though Cliff doesn't seem like he gets rattled too much."
Utley and the Phillies were just getting started. Utley started another three-run inning in the third with a walk and a stolen base. He also added another home run in the seventh off reliever Coke, joining former Phillies centerfielder Lenny Dykstra as the only players in World Series history to hit two homers and steal a base in the same game. It was Utley's fifth home run of the Series, tying Jackson's 32-year-old World Series record.
Burnett, pitching on three days' rest, never did get an out in the third inning before Girardi pulled him. Burnett became only the third starting pitcher in a potential World Series clincher to give up six earned runs without getting more than six outs. The others were Smoky Joe Wood for the 1912 Red Sox and Pettitte for the 2001 Yankees.
"His breaking ball didn't have the same tilt as it did in Game 2," Victorino said.
When Girardi was asked if Burnett's troubles were related to his short rest, the manager said, "No, I don't think there was any correlation. He just lacked command tonight, similar to what he did in Anaheim [in the ALCS]. But he was able to recover better there. Tonight he just wasn't able to get it going."