The Phils, thanks to losing their starter Cole Hamels, lose the final game of their three-game series with the BoSox, 5-2.
The Red Sox broked up a 0-0 tie in the fifth, after Cole Hamels is taken out of the ballgame to have his right (non-pitching) hand x-rayed to see if it might have been broken when he used it to stop a line drive hit by Adrian Gonzalez with one man out in the fourth (which showed that it had a contusion), as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Drew Sutton hits an RBI single, scoring Josh Reddick, who had earlier tripled on a ball badly played by Ben Francisco, giving the BoSox a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, as Sutton reached third base on a Marco Scutaro single, and now with two men out, Jacoby Ellsbury hits an RBI single, scoring Sutton, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead, while sending Scutaro, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Red Sox made it a 3-0 lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Jason Varitek hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The BoSox added to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year. The Red Sox then made it a 5-0 lead as the next batter, Varitek, hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, cutting the BoSox’s lead to 5-2. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifteenth save of the season by striking out Raul Ibanez, looking, for the final out.
Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he is taken out of the game because of an injury after having pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out two. David Herndon (0-2, 4.61) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while he struck out one. Andrew Carpenter pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out four. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Jon Lester (10-4, 3.43) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five. Daniel Bard pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Bobby Jenks pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifteenth save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter.
The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in both Phils’ run. Placido Polanco and Chase Utley had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as Jon Lester controlled the offense during his seven innings of work, before handing the ball to the bullpen.
The Phils (51-31, 1st NL East) will begin a three-game interleague play series with the Blue Jays (45-36, 3rd AL East) tomorrow night at the Rogers Centre. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.23), who is coming off a relief appearance against the Cardinals on June 23, when he went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 12-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils the opening win in their final interleague series. The Blue Jays will counter with Ricky Romero (7-7, 2.74), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on June 26, as he pitched a complete game, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Blue Jays’ 5-0 win. He will be out to give the Phils trouble. The Phils will be out to win the first game of their final interleague play series, to guarantee that they have a second straight year with a winning record in interleague play.
Cliff Lee throws his third straight complete game shutout, the first Phils’ pitcher to do so since Robin Roberts did it in 1950, as he threw a two-hitter against Boston, as the Phils defeat the Red Sox, 5-0.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who was safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, was forced out at second base, then moved up to second on Josh Beckett’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by hitting a sacrifice fly, knocking in Brown, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s fly out to right. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run of his own, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score as Lee pitched a complete game shutout on the BoSox, allowing only four men to reach base, Kevin Youkilis with a lead-off walk in the second, before going nowhere, Marco Scutaro with a lead-off single in the sixth, ending Lee’s no-hit bit, before being wiped out at second base on a Beckett’s doubleplay grounder, 6-3, Dustin Pedroia with a lead-off walk in the seventh, before being wiped out at second base on a one-out Youkilis doubleplay grounder, 6-4-3, to end the inning, and a lead-off double in the eighth by Darnell McDonald, who then stayed at second base as Lee got Jason Veritek to ground out to short, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, then struck out Mike Cameron, looking, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Scutaro to ground out to third, 5-3. Lee then ended the game with a 1-2-3 ninth, as he got Pedroia to lined out to third for the game’s final out.
Cliff Lee (9-5, 2.66) got the win as he pitched his third straight complete game shutout, the first Phils’ pitcher to do so since Hall of Famer Robin Roberts did it back in 1950, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while he struck out five BoSox batters. Josh Beckett (6-3, 2.20) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. Franklin Morales and Bobby Jenks pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jenks) and a walk (Jenks), while striking out four (two batters apiece) between them.
The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, a double and a home run, kn0cking in two runs. Placido Polanco (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. Cliff Lee knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly.
The Phils (50-30, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play series with the Red Sox (45-33, 2nd AL East) with a night game tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the A’s on June 24, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up a hit and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ walk-off, 1-0 win. He will be trying to pitched the Phils to their third straight win. The Red Sox will try to counter with John Lackey (5-6, 7.36), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on June 22, as he went only three and one-third innings, giving up five runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the BoSox’s 5-1 lost. He will be trying to come back from his last start, while trying to keep the Phils from winning the series. The Phils will be going for the series win against the BoSox.
In the first spring training game between the two teams that most people expect to be facing each other in the World Series, the Phils defeat the Red Sox, 2-0.
In the top of the second, the Phils took the lead as Jeff Larish hits a one-out, two-run double, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier got on base with a single, then moved up to second base on a Stolmy Pimentel’s balk, then moved on to third on a John Mayberry, Jr., single, and Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled. That would be all the scoring in the game, as Phils’ starter, Cole Hamels, threw four scoreless innings, although running into a bit of trouble in the third as he gave up a lead-off double to Mike Cameron (which turned out to be the only Red Sox’s hit), before moving to third on a 5-3 ground out by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. But, after walking Lars Anderson to put runners on first and third, with one out, Hamel would leave Cameron on third by getting Marco Scutaro to foul out to the cather for the inning’s second out, and then Dustin Pedroia to ground out, 5-3, to end the inning. The next two Phils’ pitchers, Scott Mathieson and Michael Stutes, would both pitch two scoreless innings, as the Red Sox would either hit into first pitch outs, or strikeout looking or swinging on three pitches. The Red Sox would make one last threat in the ninth, with Juan Perez on the mound, as with one out, Michael Martinez would commit a pair of errors, with the first one being a fielding error which allows Oscar Tejeda to reach first base. Then, after Ryan Kalish walks on four pitches, moving Tejeda to second base, Martinez commits his second error of the inning, as he commits a force out error on a Yamaico Navarro grounder, allowing Tejeda to reach third, and Kalish to move up to second base, while Navarro would reach first on the play, loading the bases. But, Perez would then get out of the inning, as he would first get pinch hitter Daniel Nava to foul out to the thrid baseman for the second out, before ending the game by striking out Josh Reddick on three pitches.
Cole Hamels gets the win (1-0, 0.00 ERA) as he pitches four shut out innings, giving up just one hit, while striking out three and walking one. Scott Mathieson and Michael Stutes both followed with two scoreless innings, as they both record a hold, as they combine for four strike outs (two each) while walking only one batter (Mathieson). Juan Perez receive the save as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Stolmy Pimentel took the lost (0-1, 9.00) as he pitches two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Dan Wheeler, Andrew Miller, Bobby Jenks, Jason Rice, Rich Hill, Michael Bowden and Blake Maxwell each pitch a scoreless inning, as they combine to give up four hits (Wheeler (2), Miller (1), Jenks (1)) and three walks (Rice (1), Bowden (2)), while combining for six strike outs (Miller (1), Rice (2), Hill (1), Bowden (1), Maxwell (1)). Phils pitching had an easy time, as the BoSox hitters were very aggressive at the plate, hitting into a lot of one pitch outs.
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he increases his spring training batting average to .375, as he scores one of the two Phils’ runs. Shane Victorino follows with a double, Ross Gload, with a single, John Mayberry, Jr., also with a single, as he scores the other Phil run, Jeff Larish, who hit a two-run double, and Dane Sardinha, who had a single. Dom Brown is still struggling at the plate, as he went 0 for 3, with a walk, as he struck out once.
The Phils, with the win, now have a 3-3 grapefruit league spring training record, as they snap a two-game losing streak.