2013 Game Recaps

Phillies Falter in Boston, Lose 9-3

Keep the FaithThe 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.

Ben Revere made another spectacular catch, diving hard into the outfield wall. In the third inning, Dom Brown and Jimmy Rollins gunned down Jarrod Saltalamacchia at home for the final out.

Cliff Lee pitches tomorrow.



  1. DavidE

    May 28, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Galvis hit a bullet into centerfield but Ellsbury tracked it down. If it dropped, 3 runs would have scored and the Phillies would have been back in the game.

    I didn’t see Cloyd blow up today but based on his stats this year, it wasn’t a surprise. The majority of his Triple A starts have gone that way this year.

    Regarding Ryan Howard, I can’t blame him for taking pitches with the Phillies down 6 runs in the 9th.

    Kratz has 5 homers now. Maybe you have to move him up in the lineup.

    • Jaron B

      May 28, 2013 at 4:42 am

      There were a lot of unlucky moments for the Phils today. Lots of hard-hit balls, but they were right at people. They’ll get lucky soon. It may help to walk more though.

  2. Ken Bland

    May 28, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I didn’t express this on this site yesterday, so it sounds like hindsight, but I guess it says it all when the top 3 last night were Revere, slump digested Mike Young, and Jimmy.

    Brown and Galvis give you the best at bats of what’s left of the healthy, and they’re down leaving a poor OB guy, and 2 follow ups who have RBI hell on their resumes. Young’s season to date despite mid order presence speaks for itself, and all I know about Jimmy, who hit 3rd was he did that for a month last year, and I forget if he had 1 or 3 rbi. Twasn’t many or explanations that don’t stand up to the bottom line being what it was/

    Regretfully, the club’s at a point where there aren’t may alternate solutions, unless maybe Fransden’s entitled to some steady time at 3rd, but that’s not night and day improvement.

    It’s just a pretty bleak deal at present, but at least with Cliff on the mound tonight, you getyour hopes up for a good ballgame.

  3. smitty

    May 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I can’t recall seeing a game where so many weakly hit balls ended up in right field just off the line to land for a double….the Phils were truly snakebit. Down by 3, then 5, was insurmountable to this team. I thought the only hope was a well hit ball by Dom Brown, it came all right, but the game was over by that time. 3 double plays ??? Somewhere in there the word embarrassing comes to mind.

    • Dave

      May 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      I think Fenway park is a joke. I love the historic nature of the place, but it is truly a hitter’s park. Of course, it’s not a hitter’s park for our lineup. We couldn’t even hit in Coor’s Field before the humidor.

  4. Mike in NJ

    May 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I turned the game off after the first inning. Yet another scrub with an astronomical ERA baffles this offense. It’s beyond pathetic.

  5. Lefty

    May 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Hey Brian, Looks like the site won’t let me contact you directly anymore?

    Anyway, not that it matters that much, but wanted to let you know that it was Rollins that gunned Salty on that play on the third. Jimmy’s getting older, but he still has that rocket arm.

    Cy Aceves huh? As some commented above, he did get lucky on some hard hit balls. Hoping for better tonight.

  6. schmenkman

    May 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    • Lefty

      May 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Well deserved, and off to another strong week with last night’s home run.

  7. c. schreiber

    May 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Please play like you want to win tonight.

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