Game over: Phillies 2, Red Sox 1
Antonio Bastardo, the fourth closer used by the Phillies this season, retired Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the ninth inning on three popups. Time of game was 2:25 before 45,612 at Citizens Bank Park.
Bottom 8th: Philllies 2, Red Sox 1
Phillies got a two-out triple from Utley high off the rightfield fence over Adrian Gonzalez’ leap. That was the end of Lackey. Franklin Morales came in and got Ryan Ryan to fly out deep to leftcenter, tracked down by ellsbury for the final out.
Top 8th: Phillies 2, Red Sox 1
Sox got Worley out of the game. After seven innings, the righty had thrown 106 pitches and allowed five hits, one run with five strikeouts and two walks. Nice job for the unknown guy in this rotation.
Michael Stutes retired the top of the Sox order in the 8th. Gonzalez hit a long foul homer, then grounded out to second base.
Bottom 7th: Phillies 2, Red Sox 1
Raul Ibanez cracked a homer to right, his 9th on an 0-1 pitch from Lackey.
Top 7th: Phillies 1, Red Sox 1
Lackey got to hit for himself and grounded out to shortstop for the final out. Salty had walked to leadoff the inning and was forced at second on a Reddick grounder. Scutaro lined out to right before Lackey’s AB.
Bottom 6th: Phillies 1, Red Sox 1
Lackey has really pitched well. He walked Utley, who stole second base, the 100th of his career. But Lackey struck out Howard and retired Victorino with a ground ball out.
Top 6th: Phillies 1, Red Sox 1
Gonzalez singled with one out, but Youkilis was robbed of a hit on a nice diving play by Polanco at third to force Gonzalez at second. Ortiz flied out to left.
Bottom 5th: Phillies 1, Red Sox 1
Lackey and Worley are both pitching well. Worley tried to match Lackey’s shot with a long drive to rigthcenter which Ellsbury tracked down for the out. Another 1-2-3 inning for Lackey.
Top 5th: Phillies 1, Red Sox 1
Lackey says “I’m gonna win my own game.” The Lackster belted a Worley sinker to the State Farm sign in left center driving in Josh Reddick with the first Sox run.
Bottom 4th: Phillies 1, Red Sox 0
Ibanez doubled to rightcenter with two outs. Gonzalez ran after the ball, but when it came time to pick it up near the wall….Ellsbury threw it in. The inning ended with Ortiz fielding a grounder from Brown and stepped on the bag himself.
Top 4th: Phillies 1, Red Sox 0
A-Gon knocked into a 3-6-3 double play and Ortiz lined out to right. This new lineup should be working any time now.
Bottom 3rd: Phillies 1, Red Sox 0
Lackey has a 1-2-3 inning. Ortiz looks like Mattingly.
Top 3rd: Phillies 1, Red Sox 0
A leadoff single by Josh Reddick went for naught as Worley retired the next three hitters. Slump alert: Jacoby Ellsbury 2-for-19 on the road trip.
Bottom 2nd: Phillies 1, Red Sox 0
The Phillies are whiffing on opportunities vs. Lackey. They scored once when Shane Victorino doubled to left field and rode home on Raul Ibanez’ single to center. After Domonic Brown struck out and Ibanez stole second, Lackey was able to retire catcher Brian Schneider with a foul pop and Vance Worley with a ground out to third.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Hmmm. Have the Red Sox run into another buzzsaw in Vance Worley? Six up and six down for the Sox. Three strikeouts including David Ortiz.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
John Lackey gave Adrian Gonzalez his first fielding play – a single to right by Placido Polanco with one out. Gonzalez fielded it cleanly and threw in to second base on one hop. Chase Utley followed with a single to leftcenter before Howard knocked into a 6-3 double-play, with David Ortiz taking the throw at first.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Beautiful night here. 82 degrees. Low humidty.
Vance Worley retired the Sox in order in the first inning. Funny watching Gonzalez run out to right field and being announced as “Rightfielder Adrian Gonzalez.” David Ortiz is warming up the infielder’s at first.
Think the Phillies lefthanded hitters might want to pull the ball tonight?