Final Score: Phillies 11, Red Sox 2
The Phillies quite literally flipped the script from yesterday. For the second straight game, they came out of the gate hot but this time, they got the job done. Jean Segura’s moonshot to lead off the game set the tone. Alec Bohm followed suit one inning later with a big fly of his own.
It wasn’t until the eighth inning that they really poured it on though. Thirteen men came to the plate and eight came around to score. This comes one day after the Red Sox dominated with 11 runs of their own.
Credit to the Phillies pitching staff for keeping them in this one while it was tight. Matt Moore didn’t give Boston too many pitches to hit and turned it over to Héctor Neris who induced a double-play ball on just his third and final pitch of the day. Bailey Falter was excellent in his two innings of work to maintain the lead. After that, it was smooth sailing.
Aaron Nola will duel with a familiar face in Nick Pivetta in tomorrow’s series finale. Philadelphia sits four games back in the NL East after the New York Mets dropped game one of their doubleheader.
- Kiss it goodbye. Jean Segura worked an eight-pitch at-bat and then hammered a fastball over the Green Monster to start the game. It was his third career home run off of Martín Pérez.
- Luke Williams made an incredible diving catch in center field for the second out in the bottom of the first. According to the NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast, the catch probability was just 20 percent.
- The Bohm bat flip was a pleasant sight to see. Like Segura, Bohm worked the count and did not miss the seventh pitch of the at-bat to make it 3-0 Phillies. He has now homered twice in the past week after not homering since May 6th.
- The Green Monster was busy in this one. Xander Bogaerts got a hold of a high fastball to cut the Phillies lead to 3-1.
- The complexion of the third inning changed on a dime as Andrew Knapp tried to throw behind the runner at first base. His throw sailed wide into right field and brought one runner home to cut the deficit to 3-2.
- Verdugo shot a fastball down the left-field line but stumbled while rounding first base. That cost Boston a potential run. One at-bat later, Neris jammed J.D. Martinez for a broken-bat double play to end the fifth inning.
- Segura was caught leaning at first base for the final out in the top of the seventh. Despite the Red Sox kicking the ball around on the rundown, he couldn’t decide where to go.
- The Red Sox couldn’t touch Falter, who finished the seventh inning with a strikeout. In two innings, Falter struck out three total and didn’t put anyone on base.
- Josh Taylor’s 26-game scoreless streak ended in the top of the eighth. Rhys Hoskins’ two-run double off of the Green Monster extends the Phillies lead to 5-2. Fifteen of his last 19 hits have been extra-base hits.
- Ronald Torreyes’ third hit of the game couldn’t have come in a better spot. With the bases loaded, his line-drive RBI single to center and Knapp’s walk made it 7-2.
- Segura kept the train moving with a two-run single up the middle to make it 9-2.
- Bryce Harper barreled up a fastball off of the Green Monster for his second hit of the inning.
- J.D. Hammer’s second strikeout came in odd fashion as it hit Rafael Devers in the foot with the bases loaded.
- Connor Brogdon made quick work of the Red Sox in the ninth with an 11-pitch ninth inning.
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance
Martín Pérez: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 73 pitches
Pérez left one too many pitches in the sweet spot early on. He was able to quiet the Phillies bats briefly in the third inning with his sinker moving well. That carried into the top of the fourth as he posted a strikeout and groundout via the sinker for the first two outs. However, following an infield single and a walk, Alex Cora decided to go to the bullpen early with Pérez’s pitch count rising.
Matt Moore: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 66 pitches
Moore looked comfortable today. The former Tampa Bay Ray has some experience in Fenway Park. He left a few pitches up in the zone early but didn’t pay for it outside of Bogaerts’ home run. As the game moved on, his control looked better and he kept the ball down. Ten of his outs came in the air, seven of which were off of his fastball. He did a great job mixing in the knucklecurve, cutter, and changeup as well. Like Cora, Joe Girardi went to the bullpen took Moore out with just 66 pitches in the fifth with the middle of the order due up.
Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: The entire lineup
From Segura’s three-hits and three-RBIs to Torreyes’ 3-for-5 to Bohm’s 2-for-3 with two RBIs, it’s hard to pick just one Phillie. Segura stands out but the Phillies couldn’t have gotten this one done without the team effort in the eight-run eighth inning. Five Phillies had multi-hit games and four Phillies had multi-RBI games.
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