Game over Phillies 5, Red Sox 3
Some late fun here at Fenway. David Ortiz put on his running shoes apparently. After doubling to right to start the inning, Ortiz decided to tag up and run to third base on a shallow out to right. The crowd rose to its feet with Ortiz running to third. Both Ortiz and the baseball meet third base at the same time. Safe! Ortiz was laughing as he tossed the dirt off himself. But it was a wise move. J.C. Romero threw a past ball, which allowed Ortiz to walk home with fans cheering the loudest all game. J. D. Drew then walked, which forced Brad Lidge to close the game. Daniel Nava kept the game alive with a RBI-single to center, bringing the tying running to the plate in Marco Scutaro. But Lidge closed the game with a strikeout of Darnell McDonald and a pop up of Scutaro.
Simple put, sometimes the other team’s pitcher is better than yours. That was the case in this one. Tim Wakefield did some good things by pitching through seven innings and keeping the Red Sox in the game. It was just Cole Hamels was better in allowing just one run in seven innings. Sure, the Red Sox didn’t take advantage when they had runners on base, but they did score 22 runs in the first two games of the series. And the Phillies needed this win way more than the Red Sox did. You knew it was going to be tough to sweep the Phillies, even if they are struggling right now. Hamels was the difference in this game. Be sure to look for more coverage later on here and in Monday’s Boston Globe.
Top 9th: Phillies 5, Red Sox 1
Ramon Ramirez came in to relieve Dustin Richardson. Jayson Werth was the player of the inning. He drew a walk, then stole second, then stole third before scoring off a sacrifice fly from Ben Francisco to give the Phillies a four-run lead heading into the ninth. Ramirez was able to strike out Raul Ibanez and Juan Castro to end the inning.
Bottom 8th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
One way the Red Sox have struggled today is hitting with runners in scoring position. In this inning, Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez were able to get on base with back-to-back singles. Then, Adrian Beltre hit into a 5-4-3 double play. So far, the Red Sox are just 1-for-7 with runners on second or third.
Top 8th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
Manager Terry Francona decides to leave Tim Wakefield in the game, and it works for one batter. Wakefield got Shane Victorino to pop up to short. Then, Placido Polanco hit a double off the Green Monster. Daniel Nava, who played the ball off a hop, appeared to throw Polanco out a second base. Polanco was called safe. The crowd and Francona didn’t agree with the call. Replayed showed that Dustin Pedroia wasn’t able to tag Polanco before he reached the base. Francona came out to talk with second base umpire Paul Emmel, but eventually headed toward the dugout. Then, he turned around and took Wakefield out and replaced him with Dustin Richardson, who got the next two outs on groundballs.
Bottom 7th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
Another quick rally killer, this time after J.D. Drew walked to start the inning, Darnell McDonald popped out to second before Daniel Nava hit into a 5-4-3 double play.
Top 7th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
For the third consecutive inning, the Phillies are retired in order. That might be Tim Wakefield’s last inning given Dustin Richardson is warming up the bullpen. That fans here have started the chant again: BEAT LA! BEAT LA! BEAT LA! Maybe the fans have started looking toward tonight’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals where the Celtics and Lakers are tied at two games apiece.
Bottom 6th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
Here at Fenway, Dustin Pedroia was given a hit for his double down the right field line. But really, that was an error by Jayson Werth, who was able to get his glove on the baseball before he dropped it. Victor Martinez followed by getting the crowd out of seats for a 15-pitch at-bat to draw a walk. What makes that sequenced even more impressive is that Martinez was in a 0-2 hole before he fouled off nine pitches. But that’s where the rally ended. Adrian Beltre struck out, David Ortiz grounded into a fielder’s choice and Mike Lowell flied out to right to end the inning without the Sox scoring a run.
Top 6th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
Well, there you go, Francona. Tim Wakefield has given you six innings of work with another 1-2-3 inning. The bigger issue though is how the Red Sox are going to string hits together against Cole Hamels, who has been effective. The Sox have the top of their order up next. Well see how they do in the bottom of the inning.
Bottom 5th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
Before yesterday’s game, Francona said the biggest thing he heard from the organization about Daniel Nava is that he could hit good pitching. After two days and six plate appearances, that information is holding up. Nava doubled off of Cole Hamels to deep right with two outs to bring some life into a petty quiet crowd here at Fenway. Although Marco Scutaro wasn’t able to bring him home after grounded to Ryan Howard, the fans here are continuing to enjoy Nava’s ability at the plate.
Top 5th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
Wakefield bounced back nicely in the fifth, getting the top of the Phillies’ order out in quick fashion. Even if the Red Sox are trailing, at least Wakefield looks lilke he is going to give manager Terry Francona a quality outing of at least six innings. The Red Sox need that after they used most of their bullpen in yesterday’s 10-2 win.
Bottom 4th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
The Red Sox are retired in order by Cole Hamels. Since Adrian Beltre’s homer to start the second inning, Hamels has retired nine of his last 11 batters with five of those outs being strike outs.
Top 4th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 1
Tim Wakefield put his head down as soon as Raul Ibanez made contact. Ibanez’s two-run homer, his fourth of the season, gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead. You can tell the Phillies have changed their approach at the plate. They are taking more pitches and are making good contact once Wakefield leaves a ball up, which is something he wasn’t doing the first three innings. Ryan Howard started the Phillies run with a double to left. Jayson Werth drove Howard home with a single to center. Ben Francisco was the only hitter who swung at the first pitch, as he doubled off the Green Monster to score Werth. And Juan Castro singled to center to make the score 4-1. Wakefield ended the inning by inducing Carlos Ruiz into a 5-4-3 double play.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Well, someone had to stop Cole Hamels. After striking out four consecutive batters and retiring five straight, Marco Scutaro hit a doubled to left field just past the outstretched arms of Raul Ibanez with two outs. Dustin Pedroia followed with a single to left field. With Scutaro at third, Victor Martinez popped out to Jayson Werth to end the inning.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Wakefield breezes through another inning. Also, that inning marks the 3,000 th in Wakefield’s career. With the way baseball is going with pitch counts and how organizations are carefully watching pitchers, it’s a pretty big accomplishment to have pitched in that many innings. And like a usual Wakefield inning, he got Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco to fly out to left and right field respectively.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Adrian Beltre pulled his ninth homer of the season to left field to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. Beltre was down in the count 0-2, but Cole Hamels threw him a fastball on the inside of the plate that he got around on. After that, there were a lot of swing and misses, as Hamels struck out David Ortiz, Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew.
Top 2nd: Phillies 0, Red Sox 0
Here’s a good sign for Tim Wakefield: The knuckleball is dancing and it’s getting him groundball outs. Raul Ibanez grounded to a diving Mike Lowell, who flipped it back to Wakefield. Then, Ben Francisco grounded to Adrian Beltre. Juan Castro popped out to Marco Scutaro to end the inning. It seems Wakefield has found the right arm-slot for keeping the knuckleball down.
Bottom 1st: Phillies 0, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox are retired in order. Cole Hamels looks pretty good early on with his command of the fastball. Raul Ibanez also made a nice play in the slim foul territory that’s out in left field to retire Dustin Pedroia.
Middle of the 1st: Phillies 0, Red Sox 0
Wakefield loaded the bases as Victorino was hit by a pitch, Polanco singled and Utley walked. But Howard popped to right and Drew made a strong throw to the plate, sending Victorino back to third. Werth then grounded into a double play.
Top of the 1st: Phillies 0, Red Sox 0
Hello everyone from Fenway. Here are some storylines to look for in today’s game. Tim Wakefield will look to have another good performance after his 7.1 innings in a win against Cleveland. We’ll also get another look at Daniel Nava (he received the loudest cheers during the player introductions). He is at left field and is batting ninth. Mike Lowell, who has produced in limited time, is also getting some more playing time with Kevin Youkilis out with a sore elbow.