PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies scored four runs in the fifth off Josh Beckett to take a 5-4 lead, but Beckett, frustrated by his own pitching and likely by the defense, took matters into his own hands and homered off JA Happ to tie the game in the top of the sixth.
Not all of this was Beckett’s doing as Rocco Baldelli probably had a chance to catch Shane Victorino’s RBI single to right, but seemed to get a poor jump and froze on the ball as if he didn’t see it in the glare at first. Mike Lowell also made a bad throw on Chase Utley’s grounder, which the second baseman might have beat out for an infield hit, but the throw got passed Kevin Youkilis and went into the home dugout.
Beckett allowed leadoff singles to Pedro Feliz and Chris Coste. After pitcher J.A. Happ sacrificed the runners into scoring position Jimmy Rollins got the first run in on a ground ball out to Nick Green at second. Victorino followed with his hit which should have been the third out. Utley then reached and Ryan Howard came up and for some reason saw a good diet of fastballs and slammed one into right field scoring a pair of runs. The pitch selection had to be questioned as Howard usually sees a steady diet of breaking pitches.
Beckett stepped up to the plate and put a nice swing on an inside fastball. It was Beckett’s third homer. His last one was here May 20, 2006 vs. Brett Myers.
Happ exited in the sixth. His line: 5-2/3 innings, five runs, seven hits, six walks and three strikes and threw 108 pitches. Happ-less.