Game over: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Daniel Bard finished up for Matsuzaka. Red Sox now 15-5 against the Phillies under Terry Francona.
Back with more later on.
Middle of the 9th: Red Spx 5, Phillies 0
Lowell pinch hit for Matsuzaka and walked, so that’s it for him. Pedroia ended the inning by flying deep to center. He now has four hits in his last 35 at-bats. Daniel Bard in to try and finish it up.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Wow. Matsuzaka walked Ibanez to lead off the eighth inning. Then Ruiz ripped a ball sure to go into left field for the first hit. But Beltre made a diving catch, got to his feet and doubled off the runner. But Juan Castro broke up the no-hitter with a broken-bat flare into left field. Scutaro gave it a heck of a try but couldn’t get to it.
Daisule finished the inning by getting Ross Gload to fly to right. He has thrown 112 pitches and that could be it for him.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Outside of a Hermida single, the Sox didn’t do anything in the top of the inning. Kevin Youkilis now playing first base.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
OK, now this is verrrrrrry serious. Matsuzaka needed only eight pitches to navigate through that inning and still hasn’t given up a hit. Utley popped up, Howard grounded out and Werth hit a line drive that was headed for center field before Matsuzaka reached out a stabbed it to end the inning.
He’s at 93 pitches.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
The Sox went in order against Nelson Figueroa. Matsuzaka will face Utley, Howard and Werth.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
OK, now this serious. Matsuzaka struck out pinch hitter Greg Dobbs. Then Victorino grounded to first as Ortiz made a nice play and gracefully underhanded the ball to Dice-K. Then Polanco grounded up the middle and Scutaro snapped it up.
Matsuzaka’s line thus far: 6 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts. He has thrown 85 pitches. He could probably throw 120 tops. Could he get through three innings in 35 pitches?
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Bastardo struck out Varitek and Scutaro before Matsuzaka grounded back to the mound. Now Dice-K goes back to the mound not having allowed a hit. He has thrown 77 pitches.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Easy inning for Dice-K as Ibanez, Ruiz and Castro all flied out.
Middle of the tth: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Hermida fanned to end the inning. Daisuke back out there not having yet allowed a hit.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Beltre ripped an RBI double to the gap in right. Kendrick is done and Antonio Bastardo is in to pitch. Antonio Bastardo sounds like the bad guy in one of those Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns back in the day.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Phillies 0
Scutaro led off with a double into the corner in left field. Then Matsuzaka bunted him to second. Ellsbury walked and the Sox were in position for a good inning. Pedroia continued his woes with a pop to second but Drew delivered a little flare single to left field that drove in a run. David Ortiz followed by ripping an RBI double to right.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Matsuzaka waked Polanco to lead off the inning. No trouble. Utley flied deep to left, Howard flied to center and Werth lined to center.
Matsuzaka has not allowed a hit, but has thrown 68 pitches through four innings.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Drew led off with a single. Ortiz then hit a low line drive to first base. Howard might have had an unassisted double play, but he dropped the ball and was only able to get an out at second base.
That proved big as Beltre dropped a broken-bat double down the left-field line and Ortiz rumbled to third base. Hermida followed with a fly ball to left field, not too deep. Ibanez lined the play up and made a strong throw but Ortiz beat the tag.
So, to summarize the game to this point, Matsuzaka has not allowed a hit and David Ortiz has given the Red Sox a lead because of his base-running acumen. So clearly Zoe Saldana will soon come in the press box and announce she wants a sportswriter to take her to Atlantic City for the rest of the weekend.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
OK, we’ve played three innings and Matsuzaka has more hits (1) than he has allowed (0). It’s a world gone mad.
Castro (swinging) and Kendrick (looking) were fanned before Victorino grounded to the left side and Beltre cut it off to end the inning. Beltre has sick range. He saves the shortstop from having to make the tough play in the hole.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Matsuzaka started the inning with a single. It was his first career hit in the regular season, although he did have a two-run single in Game 3 of the 2007 Series. Ellsbury flied out deep to right before a struggling Dustin Pedroia grounded into a double play.
Pedroia is 4 of his last 32 now. You don’t see that much.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Has the Good Dice-K showed up tonight? he struck out Howard and Werth on seven pitches, walkd Ibanez and then got Ruiz on a grounder to shortstop.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Ortiz walked before Beltre popped up and Hermida fanned looking. Varitek singled to right field but when Scutaro hit the line drive the same way, future Fenway Park fan favorite Jayson Werth made a diving catch to end the inning.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Dice-K was lucky there. After Polanco walked, Utley hit a line drive to second. Pedroia made a leaping grab and fired to Ortiz to double off Polanco and end the inning.
Great night for a game here. Citizens Bank Park is a wonderful place. Just the right size, easy to get t, plenty to see and do before the game. Love coming here. This, to me, is the kind of park they could build in Boston someday.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Ellsbury, in his first at-bat since April 11, popped to left. But he looked very dreamy doing so. Pedroia (4 for 31) grounded to short and Drew flied to center.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
We’re underway here in Philadelphia. After rain this afternoon, the skies have cleared and it’s 71 degrees at first pitch. Hope you enjoy the game and Go Celtics.