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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 Brian Sr. of CO

    damn. Please hold it here Cole!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Seriously Jeff, it’s enough to make someone crazy.

    Weak Polly, very weak.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    make a footnote of that ab. he got 1 strike maybe

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Ok 5th inning for Cole… if he gets past this one, we’re good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    very interesting time for cole. this is were he gets in trouble. lets go cole

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Come on Cole, don’t give it right back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    ump from bean town??

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well done Cole. Keep it up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Pretty large pitch count after only 5 innings. But hey, it is against a pretty decent AL Offensive team. 6 SO’s too. Nice.

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Subway makes a cheesesteak…at least in New Mexico. No where near as good as in an Italian Deli in Philly though. Howard may be on TV frequently with his new weight loss. Bye bye Jarrod. Ya gotta love Big Brown !!! I think he’ll hit another tonight. Feel it in my bones.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Come on Utley, work an f’n count.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    In decades past we would usually always be excited for a 2 run innings. After the last 3 years, we always expect more now. How times have changed. Yet seeing the slump the offense has been in the last few days, we are excited again about 2 runs in an inning. Oh and DAMN IT Chase knock it off with that first pitch crap. LOL.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YEE HA!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    WWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    fantastic idea…walk Howard to face Werth…he’s going to regret it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    hahahah, nice.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    And the starting pitcher is approaching 100

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I will accept that “first pitch crap” any day of the week, but this brings up another point. Werth hitting like this is a double edge sword anymore. He keeps hitting like this, we have a good chance to run away again. However, he keeps hitting like this, he drives up the cost to keep him, and I dont think RAJ is going to keep him. I think RAJ is all done spending money. :(

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    hehehe… then walk Victorino for Chooch… will he pay again?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    You are absolutely right Brian and I said that a few weeks ago, at this point, I worry about this year because next year is never a guarantee.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Tch, but Phils are in good shape now, and their pitcher is dead.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Looks like we are still waiting for 1,2,3 hitters to wake up tonight. Oh well considering Utley and Rollins drove them all in yeasterday, I guess you have to pick your battles.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Lackey is at 107 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Ed R, overall I 100% agree, I am worried about the 2010 Regular Season only.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    ok, Top of the 6th, 91 pitches. Stay CALM COLE.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    this lineup has the goods to be special. historically special. only thing missing is consistency..

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Very true Repeat! But than again, We couldnt have expected them to stay scoring 7+ runs a game like they did the first 2 weeks, but the inconsistancy kills when you have 2 GREAT outings (Halladay and Moyer) WASTED by only scoring 1 run each game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    101 pitches through 6 for Cole…do we dare bring him out for another inning?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    i went out for ice creammm.. what happen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Cole’s staying out there huh. He deserves it. I hope he stays the way he has been.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    cole looks great swinging the bat

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    2 run homer by Werth…Cole has been solid. that’s about it Jeff.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Ed R, I would say seeing how he is still pitching, send him out there to at least START the 7th. BUT Charlie should keep him on a short leash.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    ohhhhhh crapppppppppppppppppppp

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    3 at bats and J-roll has swung at the first pitch twice…granted it worked out this time but still…

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    you gotta be kidding me

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Why is Castro going out there as a pinch runner? Is JRoll hurt again?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    What happened? How long is JRoll out for now do we think.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    you can tell jroll re injured that leg. its going to be a long year for him

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Looks like Shane’s leading off again

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    J-Roll is hurt again? WTF

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I wonder is Chase took his no-doze to wake up yet?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    jimmy will be on the DL. CRAP. you can just tell..COME ON BIG BROWN.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    BLOOP!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Too bad Castro didnt move up when Polanco flied out. DAMN.

     
  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    J-Roll! Oh no, not again…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Come on howard. i said two tonight….

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    What is Howards longest homer of th eyear this year. Has he actually LAUNCHED one yet?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WAY TO GO, RYAN!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    yeaaa…is it me or did castro look like he was running in slow motion

     
 
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