Game over: Phillies 5, Red Sox 1
Victor Martinez had a one-out single (he was 2 for 4) before Youkilis walked. Drew grounded to first base against J.C. Romero before Beltre was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Francona sent up David Ortiz against the lefty. With a chance to tie it, he flew deep to center. Not quite enough.
Top of the 9th: Phillies 5, Red Sox 1
Drew made a nice running catch to steal an extra-base hit away from pinch hitter Greg Dobbs. Delcarmen then got through the rest of the inning unscathed.
Last hacks for the Sox and it’ll be against Danys Baez.
Middle of the 8th: Phillies 5, Red Sox 1
Herndon had no trouble. McDonald popped up, pinch hitter Mike Lowell struck out and Scutaro flied to right. Lowell is hitless in his last 10 at-bats.
Delcarmen coming in to pitch.
Top of the 8th: Phillies 5, Red Sox 1
Nelson retired the side in order. Hamels is done and righthander David Herndon is in. Hamels stuffed the Sox: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. He threw 116 pitches, 76 for strikes.
Middle of the 7th: Phillies 5, Red Sox 1
Beltre doubled with two outs but Hall popped to right. The Sox have three hits. Nelson stays in to suck up some innings.
Top of the 7th: Phillies 5, Red Sox 1
Joe Nelson’s season debut did not go well as Rollins, Utley and Howard had singles to produce a run. Howard went the other way, foiling the shift.
The Sox looked cooked as Hamels hums along, having just reached 100 pitches. They need to find a way into the Philly bullpen and soon.
Middle of the 6th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
The Sox went in order again. Hamels has retired seven in a row and 12 of the last 13. He’s making the Sox look silly.
Lackey is out and Joe Nelson is in
Bottom of the 5th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
Lackey walked Howard then the next pitch was drilled into the left-field stands by Werth. That’s No. 9 for Werth. “Ill be doing that for you next season,” he said to Terry Francona on his way to the plate.
(OK, he really didn’t. But I’m enjoying all the angry e-mails I’m getting from Phillies fans.)
Lackey is over 100 pitches and looks bad again.
Middle of the 5th: Phillies 2, Red Sox 1
The Sox went in order. Outside of V-Mart’s homer, they haven’t done much with Hamels.
Top of the 5th: Phillies 2, Red Sox 1
Lackey got Polanco to ground out, keeping the deficit at one. But he may be good for only another inning, maybe two.
Bottom of the 4th: Phillies 2, Red Sox 1
Hamels singled with two outs before Rollins walked. Now the bases are loaded and Lackey has thrown 85 pitches already. Another poor start for him.
Bottom of the the 4th: Phillies 2, Red Sox 1
Howard started the inning with a homer to left field, his eighth of the season. Werth then came to the plate. He seemed to have the Globe real estate section in his back pocket. Anyway, he popped to right but Drew lost the ball in the lights.
Werth was given a double, which one of the silly rules of scoring. Who cares whether the fielder lost the ball in the lights? Not doing that is part of the job. If you do, it should be an error.
Victorino followed with a one-out RBI single.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Drew walked with two outs to the delight of the fans. Beltre then grounded back to the mound. We’ve only had three hits in this game but the Sox had the biggest one so far.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Easy inning for Lackey. Rollins flied to left, Polanco flied to right and Utley flied to left. Lackey has retired five straight and looks good.
He came into the game with a 2.63 ERA in 25 interleague starts. Only Freddy Garcia (yes, Freddy Garcia) had a lower ERA (min. 150 innings) at 2.57. Stole that one off the Red Sox game notes. They do a great job with those.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
McDonald singled and Lackey successfully bunted him to second. But Scutaro popped to short and Pedroia struck out on a high fastball with a half swing.
Love when at AL pitcher gets a bunt down and his teammates greet him in the dugout like he’s a big hero.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Lackey squirmed out of trouble in that inning. Ibanez doubled into the left-field corner with one out. Victorino then walked. Lackey struck out Carlos “Chooch” Ruiz for the second out then fell behind Hamels, the opposing pitcher, 3-1. He threw a strike before Hamels fouled off two good pitches. Hamels then belted a drive to right field that Drew tracked down. Lackey almost got embarrassed there
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
J.D. Drew was booed like he was Apollo Creed before he fouled out to left. The Phillies fans are still mad at him for not signing when they drafted him in 1997. This may be the angriest city in America. Then Beltre and Hall struck out. Hamels has four whiffs in two innings.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Good start for Lackey. He walked Utley with two outs then struck out Howard swinging.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Victor Martinez lined a ball into the left-field stands with two outs. That’s six on the year for him and eight hits in his ast 13 at-bats, six of them for extra bases. This offense, already productive could be ready to hit another gear with Ellsbury on his way back and now V-Mart hitting.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
First pitch was at 7:07 p.m. and it’s 81 degrees here in Philly. The Sox have on those ridiculous alternate uniforms. But they do seem to have forgotten about the alternate hats at least.
This may be the most important game of the series for the Sox. With erratic Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching tomorrow and then Roy Halladay going for the Phillies on Sunday, the Sox need to start off well to have a decent chance to win the series.