May 29, 2013

G53: Phillies 3, Red Sox 1

Phillies - 100 000 101 - 3  9  0
Red Sox  - 100 000 000 - 1  4  0
I began the day in Madrid, Spain, took a detour through Charlotte, North Carolina, and ended it in my chair in Mississauga, Ontario, watching the Red Sox drop a pitchers duel to the Phillies. (Actually, jet lag limited my viewing to seven innings.)

Cliff Lee (8-4-1-0-8, 95) shut down the Red Sox in an impressive outing. He allowed a run in the first inning - Jacoby Ellsbury singled to left, stole second, and scored on Dustin Pedroia's hard grounder to right - but then retired 11 in a row and 22 of the next 23 batters. He also got ahead 0-2 on Red Sox hitters 11 times.

Boston's other hits were Daniel Nava's fifth-inning single and an infield hit from Jose Iglesias in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth, striking out Jonny Gomes and retiring Pedroia and David Ortiz on ground balls.

Ryan Dempster (7-6-2-3-4, 98) bounced back from some disappointing starts with a strong showing. Michael Young homered in the first inning, but Dempster kept the Phillies off the board until the bottom of the order pushed across a run in the seventhm snapping the 1-1 tie. John Mayberry singled, was bunted to second, and scored the go-ahead run on Erik Kratz's single. Junichi Tazawa gave up a solo dong to Domonic Brown in the ninth.

Also: The Mets scored two runs off Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning in Queens, so the Red Sox (32-21) stayed 1 GA in the AL East.


Tom DePlonty said...

Hey, glad to have you back. I hope you and Laura had a great time!

gojohn said...

Tough loss, but Lee pitched a great game. Papelbon too. Much discussion on WEEI Sport talk this morning about the Sox going after Lee.

Dr. Jeff said...

Too bad Ortiz's long shot in the 9th was foul. That would have been a sweet HR, even if we still would have lost.