On Game 5 of the World Series against the New York Yankees, the Fightin' second baseman hit a home run in the right field. He did the same in Game 1. But the difference with the home run in the third inning of Game 5 were the two men on bases- Jimmy Rollins who got a base hit and Shane Victorino who was hit by pitch as he tried to bunt the first pitch.
Of course, the pitcher was no longer the big leftie CC Sabathia but the right-handed AJ Burnett who was starting for the Yankees on short 3-day rest.
AJ Burnett gave up a back to back walk to Utley and Howard in the third inning. The home run hitter Utley stole second base while Howard was batting and reached home plate on Jayson Werth's base hit. No Phillies was retired to the dugout yet.
With Raul Ibañez' base hit, Ryan Howard scored widening the gap with the Yankees; 5-1 on board for the Phillies. Burnett, who was dominant in and won Game 2, was chased in the third inning and replaced by David Robertson.
The Phillies were not done fightin'. Ibañez was out at second base but Carlos Ruiz stayed in first base while Jayson Werth gave the Phillies another run. 6-1 on board.
The Bronx Bombers were first to have a run in the first inning before Utley hit his 3-run homer. Johnny Damon scored on A-Rod's double. The Yanks had their second run in the fifth inning. Johnny Damon grounded out to Ryan Howard but the first baseman missed the throw to home plate allowing Eric Hinske, who was pinch hitting for David Robertson and was walked by Lee with just one strike, to score safely.
Brett Gardner, replacing Melky Cabrera in Game 5 as centre fielder, kept Jayson Werth from having extra bases with his speedy and golden catch on a flyball in the centre field wall in the fifth inning. Werth, not sure if the ball was caught, kept moving until Gardner who was taking some time to recover from hitting the wall showed the ball safe in his glove.
It was the first out for Alfredo Aceves, the second reliever for AJ Burnett, in the fifth inning. Aceves retired the next two batters on ground outs.
History seems to repeat itself, in a very quick fashion. Chase Utley in the seventh inning in Game 4 with two strikes hit a solo homer off CC Sabathia. Chase Utley, again, with two strikes in the seventh inning in Game 5 hit a solo home run but off Phil Coke, Burnett's third reliever. It was the second homer of the night and the fifth home run in the series for the Phillies' second baseman.
Chase Utley just tied Reggie Jackson for a World Series record with multi-home runs. The Phillies were still on lead with 7 runs against the Yankees' 2 runs.
With two outs, the Phillies had another home run in the seventh inning. It was off the bat of Raul Ibañez. Phil Hughes then had to replace Phil Coke.
Hughes may have allowed a back to back walk in the eight inning of Game 1 and gave up a solo homer in Game 3, but the young pitcher had his command back in Game 5. He struck out Pedro Feliz on three consecutive strikes for the final out of the seventh inning.
Carlos Ruiz had a base hit in the eight inning but he grounded into a double play along with Matt Stairs who was pinch hitting for Chan-Ho Park. Phil Hughes retired the last batter, Jimmy Rollins, on a ground out.
The Yankees line up in the eight inning was back on top but with Johnny Damon leading. Again, the left fielder kept the line moving. Damon singled and reached third base on Mark Teixeira's double. A-Rod hit the first pitch and earned a 2-run double, as well as a cheer from Kate Hudson, sending Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira at home plate. The Yankees were 4-7 on board against the Phillies.
Cliff Lee may not be as impressive as he was in Game 1 but he still earned cheers from the Phillies fans as he was retired to the dugout and replaced by Chan-Ho Park.
A-Rod reached home plate on Robinson Cano's sacrifice fly. The slugger who calls himself an "underdog" in the World Series gave the Yankees their fifth run.
Not giving up, the Yankees rallied some hits in the ninth inning. With Posada leading the line up, he hit a double and reached third base on Hideki Matsui's base hit. The veteran catcher reached home plate for another run but Derek Jeter grounded into a double play. Hideki Matsui was out at second base.
The ninth inning of Game 4 has become historical. It all began with Johnny Damon, who on two out and two strikes hit a single on a battle against Brad Lidge. With Mark Teixeira batting, Damon stole second then third base that was left uncovered. Teixeira earned a base on hit by pitch. Damon scored in that inning on A-Rod's double.
Yet again, Damon on two out and two strikes singled on a line drive to keep the line moving in the last inning of Game 5. But the Phillies were on guard to keep the wheels of Johnny Damon from going any further. With Teixeira in the batter's box, Ryan Madson made sure that the game would be closed. And he did as Mark Teixeira struck out swinging.
The Philadelphia Phillies won Game 5 with 8-6 on board for the last game in Citizens Bank Park.
AJ Burnett and Cliff Lee both wear #34 on their uniform, but the Phillies' ace was the prevailing pitcher of Game 5.
The Fightin' Phillies are pushing the World Series to Game 6 in Yankee Stadium for a battle against the Bronx Bombers who are one win away for their 27th World Series Championship title.