After being crushed in the previous two games of the series, the Phils leave Boston with a victory, as they are able to hold on to defeat the Red Sox, 5-3.
Boston took an early lead in the second as Adrian Beltre hits an 0-2 cutter deep into left field for a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, to give the BoSox a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single into center field, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with one man on base, and with still one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run to right, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Werth before him, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, with a man once again on second, and with still only one man out, Juan Castro hits an RBI single to right field, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. That would be the score until the top of the ninth, as first Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, and then reliever Jose Contreras in the eighth inning, would pitch themselves out of jams by getting BoSox batters to hit into a couple of double plays. Then, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Francisco hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Werth, who had earlier walked, stoled second, and then stole third, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, with David Ortiz on third, via a double and a fly out to right by Mike Lowell, and with one man out, Ortiz scored on a Carlos Ruiz’s pass ball, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Daniel Nava hits an RBI single, knocking in J.D. Drew, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on defensive indifference, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Brad Lidge records his fourth save of the season by getting Marco Scutaro to pop out to third for the final out.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 6-5 with a 3.74 ERA. Jose Contreras records his fourth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit, a walk, and a pass ball. Brad Lidge records his fourth save of the season by pitching two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Tim Wakefield took the lost, as he pitches seven and a thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 2-5 with an ERA of 5.42. Dustin Richardson pitches two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up no runs or hits. Ramon Ramirez pitches an inning, giving up a run on no hits and a walk, as he struck out two.
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Ben Francisco and Juan Castro had the other five Phils’ hits, with Howard and Francisco’s hits being doubles, with both man scoring a run, while Francisco knocked in a run with a sac fly, with Werth and Castro’s hits being singles, with each knocking in a run and Ibanez’s hit being a two-run home run.
The Phils (32-29, 3rd NL East) have the day off today.
After coming home from a 7-3 road trip, which included seeing the Phils take two out of three games from the Mets at Citi Field, the Phillies come home and went on to lose the first two games of a three games series with the Boston Red Sox as Interleague Play resumes. The Phillies then won the final game of the series, after coming from behind to take the lead in the fifth before taking the game for good with a six-run seventh, as the Phils defeated the American League East leading Red Sox, 11-6, thus avoiding the sweep, while leaving themselves at 3-3 in Interleague Play.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Ryan Howard’s single, making it a 1-0 Phils’ lead, while Howard went on to second. The Red Sox would come back in the second as Rocco Baldelli started the inning off with a lead-off home run, his third home run of the second, tying the game up at one. The next batter game the Bosox the lead as Nick Green hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making the score, 2-1 Red Sox. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and one man out, the Bosox increased their lead to 3-1 as Jacoby Ellsbury hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in George Kottaras, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Julio Lugo’s single. After a walk to Kevin Youkilis moved Lugo up to second base, Jason Bay would bring Lugo home with a single, giving Boston a 4-1 lead, while sending Youkilis up to second. The score would stay 4-1 Boston until the fifth inning. Pedro Feliz started the inning off with a single, before moving up to second base on a Chris Coste single. Phils’ starter J.A. Happ would move both men up a base with a sacrifice bunt, 3-4, putting both man in scoring position. With runners on second and third and one out, Jimmy Rollins would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz from third, and making it a 4-2 Red Sox’s lead, while sending Coste over to third. Shane Victorino then made it a 4-3 ballgame with an RBI single, knocking in Coste. Utley followed with an infield single, sending Victorino up to second base, who would then go on to third on the throwing error committed on the play by Red Sox’s third baseman Mike Lowell, while Utley would move up to second, putting two runners once again into scoring position. Howard then gave the Phils a 5-4 lead with a two-run double, knocking in both Victorino and Utley. The Bosox would tie the game up at five-all in the sixth as Red Sox starter Josh Beckett started off the inning with a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Phillies then took full control in the seventh. Rollins started the inning off by hitting a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and still nobody out, the Phils would increase their lead to 7-5, as Victorino, who had earlier singled and then stole second, scored on a force play-throwing error on a Howard grounder to first, 3-6, forcing out Utley, who had earlier walked, at second, while Red Sox’s shortstop Lugo threw the ball past the first baseman, allowing Howard to reach first base. Three batters later, with runners in scoring position and now two men out, Feliz hits a two-run double, knocking in Howard, who had went to third on Werth’s double, and Werth, who had just doubled, making it 9-5 Phils. After Coste is intentionally walked, and then Chan Ho Park is walked to load the bases, Rollins is hit by the pitch, forcing in Feliz, to give the Phils a 10-5 lead, while Coste and Park both moved up a base, as the Phils battered around. Victorino followed with a walk, bringing in Coste, and making it an 11-5 Phils’ lead, with Park and Rollins moving up a base. The inning would finally end with an Utley strike out. The Red Sox would get a run back in the eighth as, with runners on first and third, and nobody out, Lugo hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Kottaras, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on an Eric Bruntlett fielding error when he tried to pick up the ball after it had dropped in between him and Victorino, making it an 11-6 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth.
J.A. Happ got a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and six walks, while striking out three. Chan Ho Park got the win as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, striking out three. His record is now 3-1 with a 6.08 ERA. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just two hits. Josh Beckett took the lost, as he went six innings plus two batters, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on eleven hits, as he struck out five. His record is 7-3 with a 4.15 ERA. Daniel Bard pitched two-thirds of an innings, giving up four runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out one. Takashi Saito pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out a batter. Justin Masterson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.
The Phillies collected fourteen hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the way with three hits, knocking in two runs, as he increased his average to .318. He was followed by Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, who each collected two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Eric Bruntlett and Chris Coste had the other three hits. Besides Feliz, Rollins brought home three runs, Howard and Victorino each knocked in two runs and Werth had one RBI.
The first place Phillies (36-25), have the day-off today, as they lead the Mets by four games. Their next game will be tomorrow night at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies were defeated by the Red Sox, as the offense was thrown goose eggs all afternoon, losing 3-0.
Brett Myers, the most likely opening night starter, if the Phils decide to give Cole Hamels extra time to get ready for the season, started the game for the Phils. Myers pitched five innings, giving up two runs in the first on a two-run home run by Mike Lowell, before settling down and blanking the BoSox for the next four innings. He would give up five hits along with the two runs, as he walked five batters (seems like bad Brett wanted to come out yesterday) and a strike out. Robert Mosebach followed him, pitching a shut out inning, giving up only two hits. Chad Durbin pitched next, having a shut out inning, giving up no hits, as he walked one, who was later wiped out in a double play and struck out one. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, one of them being as solo home run to Chris Carter, as he struck out two batters. Myers took the lost, with his spring training record now being 1-1 with a ERA of 2.63.
The Phillies would only get six hits in the game. Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, John Mayberry, Jr., Pablo Ozuna and Carlos Ruiz would each get a hit, with Ibanez and Ruiz’s hits being doubles. None of the batters were able to knock in a run.
In other Phillies news, Kyle Kendrick, as I’d expected, was sent down to the minors camp this morning. He will more than likely start the season pitching for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Hopefully, he’ll come back with a better demeaner and a new pitch or two.
The Phils are presently playing the New York Yankees at Bright House Field in Clearwater.
Kyle Kendrick’s poor performance against the World Champions Red Sox leads to an early exit and to a lost as the Phillies are unable to effectively rally as they lose the final game of their three games series to the Red Sox, 7-4. The Red Sox would break it open early as their first four men would get on base and score against Kendrick to give them a 4-0 lead. After Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia would both get on base via singles, J.D. Drew would knock them both in as he hits a three-run home run off of Kendrick, for his thirteenth home run of the year. Mike Lowell would quickly follow with a solo shot of his own, his eleventh home run of the season. The Phillies would get a run back in their half of the first as Ryan Howard would beat the shift against him to hit a RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier walked. The BoSox would put the game away for keeps in the third inning as Bill Moss hit a two-run single, scoring Drew, who has earlier doubled, and Lowell, who has reached base after being hit by the pitch, to make it 6-1 BoSox. The Red Sox would then score their last run of the game in the fourth, as, with Clay Condrey pitching in relief of Kendrick, Drew would hit a RBI single, knocking in Pedroia, who has earlier doubled to give Boston a 7-1 lead. With the bullpen shuting down the World Champs for the rest of the game, the Phillies tried to chip away at Boston’s lead. They would make a 7-2 game in the fifth, when Jayson Werth hit into a force play, scoring Greg Dobbs. The Phils would then cut the lead down to 7-4 in the seventh, when, with no one out and two men on, pinch hitter Pedro Feliz would hit a two-run single, scoring previous pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett, who has earlier singled, and Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier walked, and who would both move up a base on reliever Craig Hanson’s wild pitch. But that would be it for the Phillies as their rally would then get snuffed out by reliever Manny Delcarmen, who would get six of the seven men that he would face, before the BoSox would send in Jonathan Papelbon who would record his twenty-first save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Kyle Kendrick would take the lost as he was unable to get his changeup down, as he would go only three innings while being rocked for six earned runs on six hard hits. He is now 6-3 with a 5.06 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch two innings of relief, giving up one earned run on four hits. Chad Durbin would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Rudy Seanez would also go an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. J.C. Romero would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, giving up no runs on no hits. Justin Masterson would get the win, as he pitches five innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits. His record is now 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Javier Lopez would pitch a scorless inning, giving up no hits. Craig Hensen would pitch to four batters, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Manny Delcarmen would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Jonathan Papelbon would pitch a scoreless, hitless ninth as he records his twenty-first save of the year.
The Phillies have now lost their third straight series, as they were both outscored and outpitched by the World Champion Red Sox. Although it would appear that the two teams are almost evenly matched, if any of the Phillies’ starters were to lose control of their pitches, like Kyle Kendrick did this afternoon, the BoSox will be waiting to pounce on it, while the Phillies’ batters appear to be easily shut down by the Boston starters, especially if they do not act very patiently at the plate. The later is going to have to be corrected, hopefully by the All-Star break, else they are going to be in for a long, hot summer of fighting for first place with the Marlins.
With the lost, the Phillies (42-32) who will have the day off tomorrow, will now wait for the results of the games involving the rest of the division. They now have a two and a half games lead over the Marlins, as they prepare to once again play the Mariners in Seattle. They lead both the Braves and the Mets by six games, as they wait to face the Rangers and the Angels respectively. The Phillies will be hoping that all three of their main opponents will lose their games on the road, so that they will hold on to their present leads in the standings.