Game over Red Sox 10, Phillies 2
Some big stories to follow are that the Red Sox again pounded the Phillies for the second consecutive game. Also, Daniel Nava day will be of interest after his grand slam in his first Major League at-bat. And don’t forget the bullpen, which did a good job of limiting the Phillies once the Sox built their lead. Jonathan Papelbon closed the game out with a scoreless inning, but he did make interesting by having two Phillies reach base on hits. We’ll have all of this and more in the Sunday Globe.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 10, Phillies 2
Another inning where the Red Sox took advantage of what the Phillies gave them. It started with Kevin Youkilis being hit on the right elbow (he stayed on the field for the inning) followed by J.D. Drew getting on base with a walk. Adrian Beltre singled to right before Jason Varitek hit into a 6-3 double play, which allowed Youkilis to score. We always hear in baseball, but walks and hit batters with no outs most of the time score, which happened here.
Substitutions alert: Mike Lowell enters the game for Youkilis (we’ll have updates of his status after the game) and at some point Ramon Ramirez (warming up) will be the next reliever to pitch.
Top 6th: Red Sox 9, Phillies 2
Another good storyline here at Fenway is how the bullpen has strung together some nice innings. We have to remember, after all, that this game was started by the bullpen with Scott Atchison replacing Daisuke Matsuzaka right before game time. In the game right now is Hideki Okajima, who just pitched a scoreless inning. Altogether, Atchison, Manny Delcarmen and Okajima have combined to pitch six innings of one-run ball off of just three hits.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 9, Phillies 2
J.D. Drew is quietly having a nice game with his third hit driving in Kevin Youkilis to extend Boston’s lead. Manny Delcarmen is out for this second inning of work after retiring the Phillies in order in the fourth.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 8, Phillies 2
Well, what a surprise? Here we go. Daniel Nava at the plate with the base loaded. Again. The crowd was on its feet. The cheers were loud. But Nava struck out swinging on a breaking ball in the dirt. Oh well. Guess you can’t hit a grand slam in every at-bat. Meanwhile, Marco Scutaro doubled down the right field line to drive in Drew and McDonald for two more runs. Dustin Pedroia also had a RBI-single to right. At this point of the game, the Red Sox are hitting Blanton’s fastball hard, which is where most of the hits and runs are coming from.
Another note: The rain here has picked up quite a bit, but still no signs of a rain delay coming.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 5, Phillies 2
A really good inning for Scott Atchison, who was able to retired the Phillies in order. Also, more statistics on Nava: He is just the fourth hitter in Major League history to hit a grand slam in his first plate appearance.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 5, Phillies 2
That was an unusual inning for Red Sox hitters. J.D. Drew swung at the first pitch for a homer that wrapped around the right-field foul pole. Then things became interesting. Adrian Beltre singled to center, Jason Varitek beat out a bunt single and Darnell McDonald singled to left.
Then there was Daniel Nava, in his Major League debut, up at the plate with the bases loaded. Talk about a memorable at-bat. Nava didn’t waste time by swinging at Joe Blanton’s first pitch – a fastball – and sending it deep into the right field seats. And of course, Nava didn’t admire his home run. He was too busy sprinting around the bases with his head down before being congratulated by everyone in the dug out. Most people said “Daniel Nava who?” when they entered the ballpark today. Well, everyone at Fenway Park knows the name now.
Already Nava is in Red Sox history, being the second hitter in history to hit a grand slam in his first plate appearance with the club and is the 10th hitter to hit a homer in his first at-bat with Red Sox.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 2
Well, Scott Atchison was going to have to throw strikes to get the Phillies out, but hitting Ben Francisco wasn’t the way to start the second. A double down the left field line by Brian Schneider drove in Francisco and Raul Ibanez. Manny Delcarmen is already warming up in the bullpen. Even though the Atchison got through the second without any more damage, the Red Sox don’t need to go to the bullpen this early. Remember Atchison was just recalled yesterday, so this is a quick turnaround for him.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Hello everyone. Already there are some storylines to look for in this game. Again, before game time, Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disable list with a right forearm strain. Scott Atchison replaces Matsuzaka as the starter, so well see how long he can go against the Phillies. Also, Daniel Nava is making his Major League debut at right field and in the ninth spot. At Triple-A Pawtucket, Nava was hitting .294 for Pawtucket with eight homers and 36 RBI. He has a .384 on-base percentage.