11/03/09 1:46 AM EST
Phillies Short Hops: Game 5
Utley, Lee lead the way as World Series heads to New York
By David Gurian-Peck / MLB.com
Two home runs from Chase Utley and another strong performance from Cliff Lee send the Series back to New York for Game 6.
With Utley's first-inning blast came a collective sigh of relief from the 46,178 in attendance. They could let out some collective screams, too, knowing that the three-run shot erased an ominous top half, put A.J. Burnett on the ropes and Lee back in control. Big number
5 -- Home runs for Utley this World Series, tying Reggie Jackson's all-time mark. Jackson hit five in 1977, when he earned the nickname "Mr. October." Game balls
Utley took a middle-in, first-pitch fastball and ripped it over the right-field wall, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead before Burnett retired a batter. Then he went deep again, to almost the same spot, off left-hander Phil Coke in the seventh.
Lee, who left to a rousing ovation, is now 4-0 this postseason. He wasn't lights-out like in Game 1, but he gave the Phillies what they needed with their backs against the wall.
Ibanez took a high fastball from Coke and sent it to the right-field seats for his first career World Series homer. He also chased Burnett from the game with a single in the third.
Sense of October
Shane Victorino was hit with a 95-mph fastball on his right hand in the first. He was in visible pain both at the plate and in the field. But with the Phillies facing elimination, Victorino had no intention of coming out of the game until it was safely in hand.
3 AB, 2 H, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB, SB
Comment: In addition to tying Jackson, Utley now has the most career World Series home runs (seven) of any second baseman. He is also the second person to record two multi-homer games in the same Series.
7+ IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 3 K
Comment: Lee pitched much better than his line, as he was strong for seven innings before being charged with three runs in the eighth.
"We could talk about it all day, the type of team we have, the camaraderie and all that -- that only scratches the surface of what we have here. It's a special group, and we still have a chance to do something really special." --Jayson Werth
The Phillies took care of step one, but they still need to win two more in New York. Game 6 is at 7:57 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
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.