And so begins the stretch of Interleague play. The Boston Red Sox got the best of the Phillies this weekend, taking 2 of 3 games, although only one would really suggest much dominance.
The first game on Friday was a great way to kick off the series. The Phillies and the Red Sox were tied at 2-2 and went off into extra innings for the third straight night. Joe Blanton pitched 7 solid innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 solo homers. Chan Ho Park came in to pitch two innings and then saw a parade from the bullpen. Ryan Madson pitched one inning, then Clay Condrey came in for one inning, followed by Kyle Kendrick for two (Kendrick was called up for an injured Scott Eyre who is joining Brad Lidge on the 15 day DL with a calf strain). Now, before we move onto the disaster that was the 13th inning, let’s take a trip back to the 11th and a homer that wouldn’t be. Greg Dobbs stepped in to pinch hit for Condrey and hit the ball, seemingly from the Phillies television feed, over the foul pole, which from what I understand, means that it is a fair ball. The ball was deemed foul, the umpire refused to review it, and Greg Dobbs ended up striking out. And so the game moved on to the 12th inning and a 1-2-3 by Kyle Kendrick. Then we got to the top of the 13th and everything began to unravel. After getting Youkilis out, Kendrick gave up 4 hits and walked Veritek, allowing 3 runs. This was something the Phils were unable to come back from and therefore took the loss. Certainly can’t say it wasn’t an exciting game, but unfortunately the Phils weren’t able to walk away with the win.
Saturday’s game was pretty brutal… not much of a different word to sum it up. The first inning saw Antonio Bastardo give up 5 runs in the first inning before going into an hour and a half rain delay. Being at the game, I’ll tell you it was good times. You get a pancho and sitting there in the rain is actually kind of cool. They put the Braves/Oriels game on and we just speculated on when this rain would finally let up. When it did, the grounds crew got a pretty nice ovation and soon baseball was underway once again. And the Phillies even looked like they might have a chance to catch up! The Fightins were able to get 1 run in the 3rd inning and 3 in the 4th while Chad Durbin was able to keep the Red Sox off the score board. Unfortunately the Sox were able to get back on in the 5th inning with 3 runs and everything was pretty much downhill from there. Well after midnight the final score was 11-6 and it was time to go home, get some rest and get back up Sunday morning to do it all again.
This afternoon’s contest saw J.A. Happ going up against Josh Beckett, and the Phils left field looked a bit different today with Rauuul Ibanez getting a day off for the first time in well over 200 games due to a bothersome Achilles tendon. Although the game got off to another embarassing start (4-1 in the BoSox’s favor by after the 2nd inning), the Phillies rallied to come back and ended up having a good outing, turning the tables and coming out on the winning end of an 11-6 game. Jimmy Rollins got the sole homer for the Phillies with everyone aside from Dobbs, Happ and Park getting at least 1 hit. And although I was distracted by a potential fight going on in 147/148, I did happen to catch Ryan Howard steal his 3rd base of the year. The stand-out Phillie of the game today, however, was Pedro Feliz. Always with strong defense, Pedro went 3-5 at the plate with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. A nice way to spend a sunny day in Philadelphia.
Some random tidbits:
- Philadelphia native and creator of the FX series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (my favorite current TV show) threw out the first pitch at Saturday’s game. I knew they were filming for next season around Philadelphia this week so I was hoping to see him at the ballpark this weekend!
- Just caught the series premiere of The Pen on MLB Network, which will be following the Phillies bullpen around up until the All-Star Break. It’s a really cool show and gave a lot of insight into the lives of someone in their position. I’m sure MLB Network will be replaying it all week if you didn’t get a chance to catch it tonight.
The Phillies get a day off tomorrow before beginning a 3-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.