Game over: Phillies 5, Red Sox 0
Lee pitched a two-hit shutout, this third straight. He’s thrown 32 consecutive scoreless innings. He did it in 2:37 before 45,714 at Citizens Bank Park. Lee is now 9-5. He bested Josh Beckett (6-3) who allowed five runs on two homers.
Lee walked two and had five strikeouts. He threw 112 pitches.
Top 8th: Phillies 5, Red Sox 0
To Darnell McDonald’s credit, he doubled off Lee to lead off the inning. The Sox never advanced him.
Top 7th: Phillies 5, Red Sox 0
This is pretty easy for Lee. Youkilis knocked into a 6-4-3 double play. Beckett is out, Franklin Morales in. Beckett went six innings, allowed five hits, five runs, one walk, one strikeout, and threw 84 pitches.
Bottom 6th: Phillies 5, Red Sox 0
Not Beckett’s night. The long layoff has hurt. He allowed a two-run bomb to Shane Victorino after a leadoff single to Polanco.
Top 6th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 0
Marco Scutaro ended Lee’s no-hit bid with a single to lead off the sixth. Beckett couldn’t lay down the bunt, and then knocked into a double play, 6-3, running with the bat in his hand all the way to first base.
Bottom 5th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 0
Lee helped himself with a long sacrifice fly to left scoring Brown with the third run. Brown doubled to left field in the fifth and moved to third on Carlos Ruiz’s long fly to right..
Top 5th: Phillies 2, Red Sox 0
Lee’s scoreless streak is at a career-high 28 innings. The Sox do not have a hit through five innings. McDonald and Cameron are 0 for 4 and continue to post horrific numbers vs. lefties – 12 for 92.
Bottom 4th: Phillies 2, Red Sox 0
Howard, Victorino, and Ibanez went down in order vs. Beckett.
Top 4th: Phillies 2, Red Sox 0
Nothing doing against Lee. Second-inning walk to Youkilis the only blemish so far through four.
Bottom 3rd: Phillies 2, Red Sox 0
Beckett allowed a one-out walk to Jimmy Rollins after really having to bust it down the line to catch Adrian Gonzalez’s throw on Lee’s grounder. Beckett beat him to the bag by about a half-step. Rollins stole second but Beckett retired Polanco and Utley.
Top 3rd: Phillies 2, Red Sox 0
Lee retired the bottom of the Sox order and Ellsbury, Beckett hit the ball hard but Howard made a leaping grab at first for the out.
Bottom 2nd: Phillies 2, Red Sox 0
Ryan Howard singled to left field to open the inning, but he was erased at second base on a fielder’s choice when Marc Scutaro, shaded toward the bag, picked off Victorino’s grounder in the hole, dropped to one knee and threw in time for the force at second.
Beckett bounced a pickoff throw out of Adrian Gonzalez’s reach, advancing Victorino to second base. After Raul Ibanez struck out, rookie Domonic Brown launched a two-run homer to right center. It was his fifth.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Kevin Youkilis walked to lead off the inning, but Lee struck out two of the next three batters. McDonald and Cameron went down on strikes. The two righthanded hitters are now a combined 12 for 90 vs. lefties.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Josh Beckett matched Lee’s rocking chair inning. Interesting to watch Beckett tonight since he hasn’t pitched since June 15 when he threw that masterful one-hitter vs. the Rays. Beckett could be a little sluggish and may have to rebuild his stamina after a bout with the flu.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
The World Series preview? Well, it’s underway. The Red Sox went down in order in the first against Cliff Lee, who is gunning for his third consecutive shutout.