11/03/09 1:11 AM EST
Yankees Short Hops: Game 5
Burnett crumbles from the get-go, so it's back to the Bronx
By Tim Britton / MLB.com
The Phillies got to A.J. Burnett early and often, giving Cliff Lee a big enough cushion en route to the win. Frozen moment
It didn't take Burnett long to unravel. Leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins singled, Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch and Chase Utley homered on the next pitch to stake the Phillies to a 3-1 lead in the first inning. Big number
18 -- Alex Rodriguez's three RBIs gave him 18 in 14 games this postseason -- a franchise record. The previous mark of 15 had been held by Bernie Williams (1996) and Scott Brosius (1998). Game balls
The Yankees hope that whatever Damon found in Philly carries over to the Bronx. The left fielder went 3-for-4 in Game 5 and had seven hits, scored five runs and drove in four in the three games at Citizens Bank Park.
David Robertson and Alfredo Aceves
Robertson and Aceves combined to eat the middle innings and keep the Yankees within striking distance in relief of Burnett. Each allowed just one hit in two innings, preventing the Phillies from building a bigger lead and saving other members of the New York bullpen for Game 6.
For the second consecutive Game 5, Burnett didn't have it in the first inning. Worse yet, he and his team didn't recover as they did in the American League Championship Series. Burnett gave up as many runs (six) as outs he recorded in his shortest outing since April 4, 2007, with the Blue Jays.
Sense of October
Instead of going to a long man such as Chad Gaudin to relieve Burnett, manager Joe Girardi brought in Robertson -- one of his most reliable relievers in the postseason -- to limit the damage in the third and keep the Yankees in the game.
5 AB, 1 H, 1 2B, 1 R
Comment: As Nick Swisher and Rodriguez have each found their strokes in the World Series, Teixeira remains one of the few Yankees who still isn't hitting. New York hopes his eighth-inning double off Lee -- just his second hit of the series -- can get him going heading back to the Bronx, though he struck out to end the game as the potential tying run. Teixeira is 2-for-19 in the World Series and 10-for-58 in the postseason.
2-plus IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 K, 4 BB
Comment: Burnett continued to be erratic in the postseason, following up a brilliant start in Game 2 with one of his worst of the season. In allowing six runs in just two-plus innings, Burnett dug too deep of a hole for even the Yankees' prolific offense to overcome against Lee.
"It was getting interesting. Six runs in the last two innings was too much." -- Derek Jeter
The Yankees head to the Bronx with two more chances to clinch the title -- now in front of their home fans. The first opportunity comes Wednesday night, with Andy Pettitte on the mound.
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.