Another series, another recap. The Boston Red Sox traveled to Philadelphia for a weekend slate of games to take on the average-at-best Phillies.
The Phillies, while not necessarily the cream of the crop in the MLB, would prove to give Boston some road trouble in the heat of a fierce American league standings race for the BoSox. With so much on the line, this series saw the Sox in many game-defining moments, both rising to the occasion and faltering at times. Now that it’s all said and done, it’s time to look back on some of the moments that made it great.
So, without further of due, here’s our Red Sox vs Phillies series recap.
Game 1: Red Sox 11, Phillies 3
The Red Sox started things out like business as usual on Friday night. Boston quickly took advantage of a sluggish Philadelphia fielding lineup, producing an offensive blast against the Phillies throughout the duration of the game. The BoSox were lead by the bats of Rafael Devers and Danny Santana in particular, who each earned the team’s only two home runs. Santana was called up from the Red Sox’s triple-A red sox affiliate the Worcester Red Sox, and his presence on Friday was felt immediately.
When it was all said and done, Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola allowed five runs and seven hits with nine strikeouts in five total innings. Red Sox starter Martin Perez, on the other hand, gave up three runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in six innings.
Game 2: Red Sox 4, Phillies 3
This one qualified as a bit more of a nail biter. The Phillies, while still lacking what it took to take down the Sox, put up a much better performance on Saturday in comparison to Friday. The fielding for Philadelphia proved to be much better this time around, as the Phillies cleaned up in the errors department.
Even with that being said, it still wasn’t enough for Philly to take down the mighty Red Sox. Xander Bogaerts and Danny Santana hit back-to-back homers in the top of the sixth to give Boston a commanding lead that wouldn’t be overtaken. To finish it all off, closer Matt Barnes earned his 11th save of the year for Boston.
BoSox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts in a little over five innings. On the contrary, Phillies pitcher Spencer Howard allowed a single hit and two errors with five strikeouts in three innings pitched for the Phillies.
Game 3: Red Sox 2, Phillies 6
The Phillies finally broke through Boston in the final outing of the series. Obviously, that’s not surprising, especially when considering the fact that Boston was without the likes of Alex Verdugo, Xander Bogaerts, and J.D. Martinez.
Sunday’s matchup saw Philadelphia strike a total of four runs in the bottom of the first, giving themselves a commanding lead that would not be overtaken. The biggest noise of the game came when Brad Miller hit a three-run shot down the line off of Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, who entered Sunday’s matchup with a record of 5-2, struggled throughout the day before finally being pulled in the fifth inning. When the dust settled, the Sox starter allowed four runs on five hits with six strikeouts in four innings. Meanwhile, Phillies starter Zach Wheeler dominated the mound. Wheeler allowed only 3 hits with 12 strikeouts throughout the span of over seven innings. It is worth noting that he allowed a 474-foot solo home run to Franchy Cordero, but not before it was too late.
Overall, the series produced both ups and downs for the beloved Sox. While one game won’t make all the difference, it’s imperative to understand how crucial each outing can qualify as for a team in the American league east. There’s so much on the line right now, and quite frankly it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the divisional race comes down to the final game of the season.
So, even though Boston can still bounce back from just about any defeat, we’d be more comfortable if they give us fewer scares throughout the rest of the duration of the season.
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