11/01/09 1:46 AM EST
Phillies Short Hops: Game 3
Werth's two homers not enough to topple Yankees
By David Gurian-Peck / MLB.com
Jayson Werth homered twice, but because Cole Hamels squandered an early lead, the Phillies trail a postseason series for the first time since '07. Frozen moment
When Hamels trudged off the mound in the fifth inning, he was greeted with a chorus of boos. His stock has fallen mightily from last year, when he was the World Series MVP. Big number
10: Batters retired by Hamels before he allowed his first hit (though he did hit a batter and walked another). But the umpires determined after a video review that a hit by Alex Rodriguez left the ballpark for a two-run home run. Game balls
Werth opened the scoring in the second inning when he yanked an ankle-high slider over the left-field wall for a solo home run. He added another off the facade of the second deck in the sixth.
Feliz, who entered the game hitless this World Series and just 2-for-24 (.083) in the postseason, lined a double to right in the second inning. He scored on Jimmy Rollins' bases-loaded walk.
Utley went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and no walks, the first time since Oct. 3, 2007, that he did not reach base in a postseason game. His streak of 27 straight games had set a Major League record.
Sense of October
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, were among the 46,061 in attendance at Citizens Bank Park. The Bidens caught a game earlier this season when the Phillies scored five in the ninth for a walk-off win.
4 AB, 2 H, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Comment: Werth joined Lenny Dykstra, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley as the only Phillies with two home runs in a World Series game.
4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Comment: Hamels looked brilliant early, breezing through the Yankees' lineup and carrying a no-hitter into the fourth. But in that inning, he allowed a two-run home run to Rodriguez. The wheels fell off in the fifth, when he allowed four hits, including an RBI single by pitcher Andy Pettitte and a two-run double by Johnny Damon.
"There's no quit. There's no fear. There's no panic button. When you have that going for yourself, you never give up on yourself." -- Rollins
The Phillies turn to the ever-reliable Joe Blanton for another Game 4 start. He has never lost in the postseason, but he will be up against Yankees ace CC Sabathia on Sunday night.
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.