Interleague play hasn’t been kind to the Phillies, but they got this year’s series started off right with a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Cole Hamels (5-2, 3.92 ERA) was sharp after giving up a first inning home run to Victor Martinez. Despite a deep pitch count early in the game, Hamels would last seven innings, giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out eight.
Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth both homered off of John Lackey (4-3, 5.07 ERA), with Werth’s three-run shot landing 426 feet away in the second deck. David Herndon would sit the Red Sox down in order in the eighth inning, but the bullpen would make the game way more interesting than it needed to be in the ninth. With two baserunners inherited from Danys Baez, JC Romero would enduce a grounder from the despised JD Drew before hitting Adrian Beltre with a pitch to load the bases for David Ortiz. Big Papi then hit a deep fly ball to the warning track to end the game.
Despite the win, all was not well for the Phillies as shortstop Jimmy Rollins, fresh from his stint from the disabled list, pulled up lame running to first base in the sixth inning. Word on the tweet from the beat writers is that he’s strained his right calf again and is currently listed as day-to-day.
The Phillies continue their series with the Sawx tomorrow at 7:10 pm. Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 5.24 ERA) faces Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 7.89 ERA).
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