The setting and weather were beautiful, the game was not. The Red Sox used a 3-run first inning to slug their way to a 9-3 victory over the Phillies, who fall back to 3 games below .500.
Tyler Cloyd was tagged with his first road loss and drops to 1-1 on the year. In the first inning, Dustin Pedoria started the scoring with a 2-run homer. This was soon followed by a solo shot by Mike Napoli. Erik Kratz responded with a solo shot of his own in the third, but the Red Sox quickly responded with another three runs in the bottom of the frame. Cloyd was lifted after just 2 2/3 innings allowing 9 hits and 6 earned runs. His poor performance forced Charlie Manuel to use 5 bullpen pitchers, which is an ominous sign heading into a stretch of 14 games without a day off. Mike Adams skipped a rehab assignment to return to the team early and saw some action tonight. After hitting 92-mph on the radar gun and getting 2 outs, he allowed a single and 3 walks before exiting the game.
Offensively, the Phillies did not fare much better. Facing a pitcher with an ERA over 8.00, the Phils were only able to plate one run off the starter. The other two runs came in the form of Domonic Brown‘s club-leading 10th home run. As a team, the Phils grounded into 3 double plays. This helps to explain how their 11 hits equated to just 3 runs. They were 0-6 with runners in scoring position.
Cliff Lee pitches tomorrow.