World Series Game 5 news and notes

Updated: November 3, 2009, 12:00 PM ET

The Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 8-6 in Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night. The Yankee still lead the series three games to two as it moves back to New York for Game 6 on Wednesday. It will be the first Game 6 in the World Series since 2003, when Florida beat the Yankees in six games.

The credit for this Game 5 information goes to ESPN's Stats & Information team.


A.J. Burnett
• Burnett joins Todd Stottlemyre of the Blue Jays (Game 4 in 1993) as the only starting pitchers in World Series history to go two innings or less while allowing at least six earned runs and four walks.

• On three days' rest, Burnett was ineffective with his offspeed pitches compared to Game 2:

• Only 12 of his 37 fastballs were in the strike zone (32 percent; MLB average is 54 percent). In Game 2, 40 of 62 (64.5 percent) of his fastballs were in the zone.

• Only recorded outs on two of six plate appearances that went to two strikes after retiring 12 of 16 (75 percent) in Game 2.

Alex Rodriguez
• Rodriguez had three RBI, setting a Yankees record with 18 RBI in a single postseason. He trails only David Ortiz (2004), Scott Spiezio (2002) and Sandy Alomar Jr. (1997) for the most RBI in a single postseason; they each had 19.


Ryan Howard
• Howard tied a World Series record with his 12th strikeout of the series, matching the mark set by Willie Wilson in 1980.

Cliff Lee
• Lee picks up his fourth win of the postseason despite allowing five earned runs; that matches Cole Hamels in 2008 for the most wins by a Phillies pitcher in a postseason. Lee joins Steve Carlton (1980) as the only Phillie starters to win two games in a single World Series.

• Against Lee, 23 of 31 plate appearances (74 percent) lasted four pitches or fewer (MLB average 65 percent).

• Lee got 31 called strikes, and only three misses on 39 swings (7.7 percent). During Game 1, he had 21 called strikes and a 27.1 percent miss percentage.

• The Yankees were 2-for-16 in two-strike counts against Lee.

Chase Utley
• Utley hit two home runs to tie Reggie Jackson's record of five home runs in a single World Series (1977).

• Utley (2-for-3, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, BB, SB) hit a three-run bomb in the first and a solo shot in the seventh. His first-inning homer, off A.J. Burnett, was his first hit against a right-handed pitcher in the World Series.

Utley joins Willie Aikens in 1980 as the only players with multiple multi-HR games in a single WS. Utley has seven home runs in just 10 career WS games.

• All six of Utley's World Series hits have gone for extra bases: five home runs and one double. That extra power has come at the expense of Utley's contact rate and eye against opposing fastballs.

• Utley's five home runs off left-handed pitching tied Babe Ruth for the second-most in World Series history. Only Mickey Mantle (7) has hit more.

• Utley's seven career World Series home runs break the record for the most by a second baseman, previously held by Billy Martin (5).

• Utley's multi-homer game was his second of the series (he also homered twice in Game 1) and the 49th in World Series history.

• Utley's first home run followed Shane Victorino being hit by a pitch. It's the fourth time a player has homered following a HBP. The other three were Paul Konerko (2005), Donn Clendenon (1969, after famous "Shoe Polish Play") and Danny Murphy (1910).

• Utley stole second base in the third inning and is now 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts this postseason. He was 23-for-23 during the regular season, which was the most stolen bases without being caught since 1951 (when caught stealing became official stat in both leagues).

• Utley joins Lenny Dykstra as the only players in World Series history with two homers and a stolen base in the same game. Dykstra also did it Philadelphia for the Phillies, but in a Game 4 loss in 1993 against the Blue Jays.

* -- 5-for-14, 4 HR