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


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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Romero does know the object is to throw strikes right?

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    This would be worse than a cryin’ shame Cole was on tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Ortiz has been on a HOT streak lately! Screwed.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Ohhhh boyy.. CMON JC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    In the immortal words of Major League: “Strike this MF out!”

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    This is where we always die. Down to the LAST strike.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Peace out Papi.


  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    pure luck!

  • Posts: 0 Manny


    Effectively wild!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEW!!! YIPPEE!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    ed my heart stopped. oh my god..

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Where is my Crow? Im a little hungry!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Woooo hoooo!

  • Posts: 0 Number 47


  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    the ortiz from 2006 might of gotten that ball out…

    JC should of gotten that previous batter out when the count was 1-2

  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    Is it even possible for the Phils not to have 9th inning drama?

  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    No fingernails left, no toenails either. Yeah Phils !!!!

  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    Brian in COL… you thought the phillies would Blow this lead ???

    why? Madson or Lidge wasnt pitching

  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    number 47

    these are the red sox… they are NOT exactly the Pirates or even the nationals

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Keep it up Cole

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    From the look of it on MLB.com, that ball looked like it just about hit the wall.

  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    ya know Brian in COL there isa blog where at the phillies fans are bitter nasty bitching assholes who SHIT all over the phillies…

    its called thegoodphight.com

    maybe you should go there…? Just a suggestion

    If the closer was Lidge or Madson I could see why one would be soooooo pessimsitic

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Madson in, I definately would have said Loss, Lidge at home even last year wasnt bad. He blew only 1 save AT HOME in 2009. Granted he blew like 9 on the road, but still.

  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    Don’t worry, I know. All the adrenaline spikes just get a little draining after a while, though.

    I like that we didn’t suck in our first interleague game!

  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    Brian Sr

    Ortiz ball s was NOT even near the warning track dude…saw it on concast and mlbcom/ cable

  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    Hey, don’t diss TGP. I like reading them.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    wxdavid, I say one comment like that and you come back like that? They have a great blog for ignorrant @$$ed like you. Its called mets.com. Kiss me @$$ bro. You are obviously new here. Ask Repeat, or Ed R, or Manny, the other Regulars.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Vic was about 3-4 feet from the warning track on Ortiz’s fly out in the 9th.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    wxdavid, like I said, on MLB.COM. I am at work, I cant actually see the game.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Thanks Ed R. At least someone can answer the question with some tact.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Seriously Jeff…I was about to go crazy if that ball left the yard.

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Never easy, is it?

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Watch out Ed R, if you say that wxdavid will tell you to go to another site. LOL.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Time to go to see the Mets and the Marlins lose. Too bad the Braves are playing the freakin Pirates.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    No problem Brian.

    As for the notion that Brian’s a negative dude…I disagree. We all get nervous with this team, especially with this bullpen. And honestly, if Baez or Romero are in the game and you aren’t nervous then you aren’t watching. Pretty sure even the most optimistic of fans get concerned when those two take the mound.

    Everyone just chill out. Phils won and are 26-15, 2nd best record in baseball. 4.5 up on the Fish and Tomahawk chops…all the while with Happ making 2 starts all year, Jimmy has played like 6 games, Lidge has been basically non existent, Madson did nothing, Blanton is still getting his footing, Baez predictably sucks, and Ibanez has been off to a pretty disheartening slow start…all that, and this team has the 2nd BEST RECORD IN BASEBALL!!! Pretty awesome stuff.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Yet another sound paragraph from Ed R, and yet again, thank you. I know I can get negative, but I try not to be the constant negative. I recall last year after the first 2 weeks, in last place, some people were FLIPPING OUT and calling for people to get benched, and the team sucks, and all that other junk. THEY are the people who often needed to leave, and most of them have. I have Ed R, Tracey, Brooks I would also like to say myself at times have driven them away by talking baseball with facts, with our Phillies Bias of course, but we are all passionate fans. I do disagree with one thing though Ed. Dont you mean Tomahawk HACKS. LOL.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Is there any question about the Ashburn? Cole Hamels!

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well played Brian. Or maybe…Tomahacks?

    Also, I just watched the reply on CSN…Vic was on the warning track for Ortiz’s long fly out.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Damn it, that was a much better one. Good thinking!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Brian – sometimes the *#(*@ we hear from newbies is just too much to handle and the trigger gets pulled – we watch the game, we love the Phils, we know why they lost to the stinkin’ Yanks – etc…
    Back to the game. Dingers by Howard and Werth, a gem by Hamels – what more can you ask for!
    How about Ryan Howard’s stats for May so far –
    27 for 76 (.355), 15 runs, 15 rbi and 4 hrs. I thought we needed to wait until August to see these numbers? Do you think Werth is pushing him?

  • Posts: 0 jjflash53

    First time I’ve been to your blog. Why do you have Cole’s record as
    (1-2) at the top of the page? I came here from 97.3 FM’s facebook page mainly to see if anyone else commented on the W/L stat. I didn’t
    see the game but seems like 2008 Hamels is back!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Hamels in on pace for a 20+ win season..

    so is Jamie and Doc hehe

  • Posts: 0 Funny Texts

    What can the global economy due with the PIIGS? It’s like lending money to a no good brother-in-law

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