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Gameday: Boston Red Sox (22-20) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (25-15)

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Fri, May 21, 2010 05:00 PM | Comments: 293
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Boston Red Sox (22-20) at Philadelphia Phillies (25-15)

John Lackey, RHP (4-2, 4.86 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (1-2, 4.29 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

Weather: Mostly Sunny, 60

TV:Comcast SportsNet

Twitter: @philliesnation

It’s that time of year again. Where the continuity of autonomous league scheduling is altered for an alleged attendance boost in the pursuit of capital revenue gains.

Welcome to Inter-league Play 2010.

Red Sox Nation® (and the Delaware Valley’s bandwagon fans, circa 2004) will be on hand for the final series of this seven game home stand. The Phils have a total of four wins against the Red Sox spanning the last four years. But, this isn’t your ‘Bloody Sock’ or ‘Cowboy Up’ teams from the past. Boston has been plagued by injuries, inconsistency on offense and a lot of bad starting pitching performances.

A model of pitching consistency takes the mound tonight in John Lackey. He won’t over power you, but the veteran has been apt at forcing batted outs away from the strike zone. Lackey is a winner in two of his last three starts despite getting shellacked around in the early innings by Detroit and Toronto. He has been terrific all season and there is no reason to believe he won’t continue to keep the Red Sox in this game tonight.

For the Phillies, Colbert Hamels is looking to build on three stellar outings and continue the clubs successes in May . Pitching more to contact and limiting base runners, the club has been victorious in his last four outings (Hamels 2-0 in that span). Hamels is coming off a 6.2 inning performance in Milwaukee where he scattered two runs on six hits. Hamels pitching to contact has negatively affected him in the later innings in Milwaukee. With the lineup rolled over, a tired Hamels left pitches up resulting in homeruns by Casey McGhee and Corey Hart. While inconsistant throughout the season thus far, the duo of Youkilis and Martinez are riding offense hot streaks coming into this series. They will not miss any mistake Hamels throws at them.

The history of the Phils-Red Sox series has been completely one sided. The Phils need two wins to guarantee a winning home stand while not being able to take two from the Sox since 2003. A sweep?  Not out of the question with this version of the Red Sox; the team hasn’t sweep the Sox since 2000. In that series at Veterans Stadium, two walk off doubles by Alex Arias and Kevin Jordan in extra innings sealed those contests.

Ah, memories…

Red Sox Nation is a ® of the ESPN hype machine.

Today’s Lineup: Rollins, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibañez, Victorino, Ruiz, Hamels.

Hop ExplosionYour Gameday Beer – Green Monsta

A feature of the Wachusett Brewing Compnay, Green Monsta is a strong Ale (6.4 % abv) with medium body and a variety of flavor. It pours a copper color getting darker as it settles from bottle to glass. It’s malty, medium-hoppy taste and silky texture make this beer a slow drinker. With its hints of background citris, it is a perfect beer for a perfect night for baseball. Order a cheesesteak stromboli and pour yourself a glass. – By RC

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    top of the 5th. still 1-0 Sox. I’m calling it now.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Big Brown Delivery time!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Called it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    DID I CALL IT BOYS. I said howard would go BOOM. And he is not done.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    RYAN!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Jeff called it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Repeat! it is my distinct pleasure to say EAT YOUR FREAKIN CROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    hey chuck i called it ten minutes ago. read above. lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I was waiting for the that. Lets kick this into gear.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Lets kick this team butt. come on jw

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    the reverse black-cat strikes again….

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Repeat…playing the Show as we speak. What was up with the new patch? My network is being ridiculous so I can’t connect at the moment.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    GREAT JOB BATTERY BOY

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Sweet

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    blame that on the d-batteries

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    ED they just put the new patch up on operations sports. its to fix the two bugs from last weeks patch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Werth is a beast.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I was hoping to at least see Werth move up. Damn.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Well if thats what it was Repeat!, then try again. Lets see if it really works. :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    edr i don’t have the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    the new patch from last week caused a bad bad bug. if the pc had a runner on third with 2 outs the run counted when the 3 rd out was recored. they fixed it today.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OH BABY!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    OH BABY. Thats my flyin haw……lets put this bum away.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    steal vic. lets get back on second. we need to run more. lets go baby.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    nah, you gotta pick your spots. 1-1 is good enough for me. wink, wink

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Sorry Repeat, for some reason I confused your and Jeff’s posts. My bad.

    Thanks Jeff.

    Well done Shane…now maybe you can bring back some of that Flyin to your Hawaiian and steal a base.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    there making slackey work in this inning…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    ruiz looks like he is pushing to hard. think the injury screwed him up a little. he was on fire.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    cole looking great tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    no promblem edr. i live in Cuba. we are not allowed to have such things. someday… jeff if they had listened to you we’d be up 3-1

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Hmm, Chooch isnt having a very good day offensively huh. 0-2 both strike outs. Oh well, we still love ya Chooch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Exactly why you have Shane steal with Ruiz up…would have been 3-1.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    holy hell Cole. Maybe JRoll can prove why he was sent back to lead off?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    i just dont understand why they dont play small ball. vic has speed. steal second.

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Great to see Big Brown hit one. He must have had a couple of cheesesteaks for lunch. I hope he doesn’t become anorexic.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    now they steal third. strange move. runners in scoring postion on second. what do i know.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Single scores a run Jimmy. Come on buddy.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Lets Go

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    subway burrgundy

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    COME ON PP…LETS DO IT BABBBBBBBYYY. slackey is at 83 pitches. oh baby….

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    huge spot plad

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    So wait…they will steal 3rd with 2 outs but not 2nd with 1 out? WTF is going on?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Polly want a rbi?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    thats what i said ed r…very strange.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    This umps a joke

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I wouldnt have expected him to steal with Jimmy batting left. I would have expected it if he was batting right. Its harder to throw to thrid with a Right handed batter. Oh well lets hope this isnt wasted.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Im calling it. grand slam…come on pp

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    this ump is nuts

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    horrible ab plad. jeeze

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    oh well. im not a vegas guy. got to do better then that. vic should of been on second with ruiz up. run scores and we move forward.

     
 
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