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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 Ed R.

    Ry Ho has the 3rd highest average on the team…pretty amazing.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    lucky he was safe

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I can deal with a single.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    werth let that pitch go by. he would nailed it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    one run is definaltely better than none though.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Does the number 7 uniform come with an anchor?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Another left field RBI single for Ryan – yaaa baby.. any updates on JROL?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    oy, Youkilis, the Lefty Killer.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    yankees up 2-0 against the mutts. the mets stinnnnnnnnnnnnk

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    It didn’t look like it grabbed completely but Jimmy’s gonna need a few days off to give it some time and then he’ll have to test it out and blah blah blah… hopefully he’s ok because during the short time that he has actually been healthy, he has looked really good.

    One other thing… Roy Oswalt requests a trade. Hey Ed, boy do we have a deal for you!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    My vote is Raul and Kendrick for Oswalt, but they would never take it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    they would have put vic in the deal. no way. plus roy is owed lots of money.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    CBS3 tweets: “Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins leaves game in 6th inning with apparent leg injury” Well, yeah, duh.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    cole looks like cole tonight. NASTY

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    That fan is… outta here.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    i hope i did not speak to soon..

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    damn. GEt the next guy Cole. STAY CALM!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Come on Cole. Settle down. DONT FLIP OUT.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    the DH is horrible. everyone should have to play the field. can you imagine howard sitting like big poppy in this series.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    A deal centered around their old pal Brad Lidge and Raul Ibanez…

     
  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    Come on, Cole…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Whew!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    COLE did a great job. Lidge, Raul, Kendrick, for Roy…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    116 pitches through 7, 1 ER and 8 K’s to 1 BB…great job tonight Cole. Fantastic.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I really don’t think we need Oswalt, I really have been digging the entire starting rotation. There are better things to spend money on, like a beard

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Zolecki tweets: “Jimmy Rollins injured himself running to first base. He is leaving the game.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (commercial: I love basset hounds…)

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Great job by Cole !!!! I hope Jimmy is ok.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Everyone (at least all the regulars on here ) knows I am normally harsh on Cole. Tody however. flat out WICKED. This is why I can get harsh on him. One game he will look mediocre at best, and then he will come out again and pitch like this against a pretty good team (dont look at their record, is been their pitching that sucks) and look like the Ace we thought he would be after 08. GREAT outing Cole. Yes you read that correctly from me, GREAT outing. Does that answer your question if he should hve gone back out there Ed R? :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Zolecki tweets: “Assuming it’s Jimmy Rollins’ right calf again, but no official word.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    Good line for Cole tonight… and now his ERA is below 4.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Brian: Yeah, a very good night for Cole, and I’ve been underwhelmed by him before.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Im glad Raul got the clutch single yesterday, but the slump still continues. Still like Raul, but he is slumping bad right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    he was safe. again these umps just are HORRIBLE

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    i love Vic

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    The May ERA for the Phillies starters in May is low 2. Un real.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    AP on JROLL: http://bit.ly/aDKa6c

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    That was a bad contract they gave raul. i really think he was using the juice. i would bring up big boy down on the farm.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Bad offensive night continues for Chooch. Oh well. we still love ya bro.

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    post #6 by Brook– cole has turned the corner Looks to be 100% correct after this pitching performance.

    9ks and 2 hits? wow… through 7 innings!

    each start Cole is closet and closer to 2008

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    bull pen time…. no lidge, no madson… and for that i feel comfort… weird

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    J Roll is NOT seriously Hurt..Just a leg cramp

    report says he could of stayed in

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Cole WILL be better than 08… I don’t know if it’ll be this year… but it’s definitely in the near future.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Indeed it did Brian. Cole looked fantastic. I bet he could have gone another but I wouldn’t have sent him out there with a 4 run lead.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    A quality outing like this in the first game of the series may come back to help us also. They went to their bullpen first is what I mean. Hmm, which Herndon are we getting tonight? Solid Herndon, or HORRIBLE Herndon?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Pitch #1 looked like a strike from my view point.

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    CHOICE… pick one…

    keep Werth if we can

    OR

    try and get Roy O…

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    True Ed R. but the problem is our Bullpen is like a box of Chocolates, You never know what you are going to get.

     
  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    Still doesn’t tell which calf is the problem…

    And I don’t care what Herndon does, I just don’t feel comfortable with him on the mound right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Keep Werth. ESPECIALLY if Cole, Blanton and Kendrick stay they way they have been lately.

     
 
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