Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 2 1 Phillies - 020 012 00x - 5 6 0Cliff Lee (9-2-0-2-5, 112) pitched his third consecutive complete game shutout, and extended his scoreless inning streak to 32 (5th longest in Phillies history). In five June starts, he has allowed one run in 42 innings.
Lee did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. Boston had four baserunners, all of whom were the leadoff batter in their respective inning:
2nd - Youkilis walkNone of the runners advanced even one base.
6th - Scutaro single
7th - Pedroia walk
8th - McDonald double
Beckett (6-5-5-1-1, 84) allowed a two-run home run to Domonic Brown in the second. Brown doubled in the fifth and scored on Lee's sac fly, and Shane Victorino clubbed a two-run dong in the sixth. Franklin Morales and Bobby Jenks - both activated off the disabled list before the game - each pitched an inning of relief.
Josh Beckett / Cliff Lee
John Gonzalez, Philadelphia Inquirer:
The next few days figure to test our collective patience and sanity. Brace yourself: Boston fans are coming. ...HAHAHAHAHHHHA!
They've gotten out of control, these Boston fans. They've mutated. There was a time when they took a perverse pride in their suffering, when they romanticized their lack of sports luck. Then the Pats won and the Sox won and the Celtics won and, more recently, the Bruins won. ...
The people in Boston have become obnoxious, arrogant, condescending. ... an openly supercilious lot who never hesitate to tell you exactly how good they have it. ...
[T]he fans there have become the sports equivalent of the mouthy businessman who gets loaded at the bar and won't shut up about how much money he's made and how much better his life is than yours. He drones on and on about his summer house and his expensive cars and his cushy Rich & Famous lifestyle ... Their gloating is insufferable.
Over at the Globe, Chad Finn tries to make sense of Gonzalez's apparent disappointment that Bruins fans did not riot after winning the Stanley Cup ("So, more rioting=less obnoxiousness. Got it.") and chides him for basing his opinion of Boston fans on ESPN, WEEI, the Montreal Gazette, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
(Well, at least Gonzalez did not suggest (as a PI columnist did in March) that fans bring D-cell batteries to throw at the Red Sox this week.)
A Simple Request to the Boston bats: Make Tito Apologize.
Beckett has not pitched since June 15, when he one-hit the Rays, as illness has laid him low. He still leads MLB with a 1.86 ERA.
Lee has pitched two complete game shutouts in the time Beckett has been out (June 16 and 22) and has allowed only one earned run over his last four starts (33 innings).
The Phillies (49-30) have the best record in baseball, with the Yankees (45-31) and Red Sox (45-32) at #2 and #3.
Philadelphia is 10th in the National League in average (.246), 7th in OBP (.320), and 11th in SLG (.373), and 8th in R/G (4.05). ... Their pitching staff is 1st in ERA (3.05), shutouts (11), and fewest walks (207), 2nd in WHIP (1.191, only .003 behind Atlanta's 1.188), 3th in opponents average (.243), 2nd in opponents OBP (.301), and 3rd in opponents SLG (.350).
Also: The Red Sox are the streakiest team in baseball. ... "The Franchise Moves That Almost Happened".
AL East: Brewers/Yankees and Reds/Rays at 7 PM.