• September 27, 2023

Notes From Phillies’ 5-1 Loss To Boston

The final game of this weekend’s series with the Boston Red Sox resulted in a 5-1 loss for the Phillies, dropping them back to the .500 mark at 21-21.

  • For the second straight game, the Red Sox jumped out a quick early lead, scoring five runs off of starter Cliff Lee in the first three innings.
  • Lee settled down after three rough innings to shut Boston down in his final four innings of the day, but the damage had already been done.
  • Lee wasn’t the only problem today though, the offense managed just one run on seven hits. Even though the offense has performed much better in the last week, they’re still going to have days like this where they just can’t get anything done.
  • Getting hits with runners in scoring position was an issue today. Give Boston starter Josh Beckett credit for pitching well, but this has been a recurring issue for the Philadelphia hitters all season. In the bottom of the third, Jimmy Rollins had runners and second and third base with only one out, but couldn’t find a way to get a run home.
  • In the fourth inning, Shane Victorino led off with single, then stole second base, but none of the next three hitters were able to knock him in.
  • The only run the Phillies would score came in the eighth inning, on a sacrifice fly from Juan Pierre.
  • The Phillies missed the presence of Carlos Ruiz, who had the day off today. Ty Wigginton was moved into the five-hole, and went 0-4, grounded into a double-play, and left six runners on base.
  • John Mayberry had a strong three-hit game on Saturday, but went 0-4 with two strikeouts today.
  • The lone bright spot from today’s game was reliever Jake Diekman, who shook off his rough outing in Chicago to strikeout the side on just 11 pitches in the eighth inning.

Denny Basens

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May 20, 2012 4:49 pm

Phils are now 1-2 in the “Paulman 23 GamesStretch to Decide the 2012 Season” and the same issues keep cropping up… This Elite Starting Pitching Staff gave up 9 HR’s this weekend to the Red Sox and is evident that when going against solid Offensive Line-ups, that there is very little Elite about this Starting Pitching Corp as a group this Season.. Phils will be facing the top Hitting teams over the next 20 games with the Cardinals,Marlins,Mets,Cardinals,Nationals,Orioles who all have winning records and have been playing good ball lately and the Phils cannot affford their Top Pitchers to struggle for 2-3 Innings out of the gate in every start before settling down… Missed opportunities today as there were last evening but right now, the Phils are not the Class of the NL East and anyone who thinks so is living in the past.. Let’s see what happens for the Phils need to go 14-9 or 15-8 over this 23 game stretch is they have any illusions as repeating as NL East Champions in my opinion,.. Right now they are 1-2 and lost another best of 3 Series… I will keep everyone posted but the have lost the momentum they gained last week…

May 20, 2012 5:58 pm

Uh yeah whatever!

May 20, 2012 8:33 pm

Maybe to put this 2012 Phillie Season in better perspective for those who don’t follow the sport much.. The Phils at 21-21 overall, but are only 7-11 versus teams with winning Records so far in 2012… They have 14 Wins versus teams like the Cubs,Diamondbacks,Astros & Padres.. This team is weaker than I thought and now we’ll see who they do over the next 3 weeks for the next 20 games are all against Teams playing abve .500 Ball for the Season…

May 20, 2012 9:03 pm

Just read the box score and this article——— ouch. I thought the Phils were on the rise on Friday and come Sunday they lost this series against Boston. The phils don’t have any positional player worthy of an all star vote, do they?

May 20, 2012 10:09 pm

Catcher Carlos Ruiz and that’s about it , maybe P Cole Hamels and Closer Papelbon,.. Starters Doc and Lee are having down Seasons and are not worthy of All-Star and to be honest, I hope all the Pitchers skip the All-Star and use the 3-4 Days off for they will not have many days off for the the reaminder of the Season and the Phils may need to go to skip the 5th Starter and use their Big 4 on 4 days rest to make up some ground..
The 6 Game WInning Strek, 1 Win versus the Padres (16-26_, 2 Wins vs the Astros (18-23) and 2 Wins verus the Cubs (15-26) and the opening win versus the Red-Sox (20-21) .. so the Winning Streak is not all that impressive when you look at how poorly these teams have been playing and they combined for a whopping 27 games below .500 …

May 21, 2012 1:20 am

Moves, must be made soon, including Amaro’s replacement, or this season could be over by the All-Star break. See what you can get now, for Lee, Blanton, Polanco, Victorino &/or Rollins. Bring up May. Extend Hamels & Pence. Rebuild, while keeping most of the nucleus intact. Get some good, young, players in here, preferably 3b, 2b, OF & BP. Their age & declining play, are not going to miraculously change. I have zero confidence, as I’ve had prior, in them coming back this year. They are absolutely un-watchable at times. I’d rather masturbate with sandpaper & wash it off with lemon juice, than watch a full game of this garbage right now. Make changes now, then when/ if Howard & Utley come back, they don’t have to think they need to be the saviors, while still recovering & not at 100%. This team is stale, boring, has zero power, no swagger, & a horrific BP. This might be the worst BP, that we have had since the 90’s. We have Papelbon & sometimes Bastardo. That’s not good. With this stretch of 20 games coming up, we have a good chance to be out by double figures, with the quickness.