Jon Lester baffled the Phils last night, holding them to six singles in seven shutout innings. The Phillies have scored three runs or less in four of their last seven games.
Jamie Moyer held the Red Sox to a pair of runs over five innings, but wasn’t as sharp as he’s been for much of the year. He walked five batters, which is as many as he walked in his five starts in June combined.
Boston also ran wild on the Phils. They stole six bases with Ruiz behind the plate. You would think a lot of this could be blamed on the slow-throwing Moyer, but only two of the six came with Moyer on the mound.
The Phils failed to do just about anything offensively. Howard’s recent surge was sidelined as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Utley and Burrell were also both 0-for-4. With an 0-for-his-last-16, Utley has his batting average at .299. Yesterday was is the first time since June 2, 2007 that Utley has ended a day with a batting average under .300.
The Phils should consider extreme measures to ensure that Ruiz never gets to bat with a runner on first base.
The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox last night. With the 3-0 loss they are 42-31 on the season. The series is tied at one game apiece and will be decided this afternoon.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a two-run home run by Coco Crisp. Moyer struck out four.
He walked Julio Lugo to start the game. Dustin Pedroia flew to left for the first out before JD Drew moved Lugo to second with a ground ball that went off the glove of Howard and to Utley. Manny Ramirez reached on an infield single, moving Lugo to third, before Moyer got Mike Lowell to ground to third for the third out.
Moyer walked Jason Varitek to start the second. Sean Casey hit a ground ball to second and Varitek was forced at second for the first out. Coco Crisp hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left and the Red Sox led 2-0. Moyer got the pitcher Jon Lester to ground to second for the second out before Lugo and Pedroia walked back-to-back. Lugo stole third before Drew struck out to end the frame.
Moyer walked Lowell with one out in the third. Varitek followed and Moyer struck him out for the second out before Casey moved Lowell to second with a single. Crisp grounded to second for the third out.
Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Rollins made a nice play on a ground ball Lester hit back up the middle for the first out.
Lowell singled with two outs in the fifth, but Moyer struck out Varitek to leave him stranded.
Madson started the sixth. Crisp singled with one out and stole second with Lester showing bunt. Lester struck out swinging for the second out and Crisp stole third. Lugo hit a 3-2 pitch to the base of the wall in left for a double. Crisp scored and Boston led 3-0. Pedroia grounded to third for the third out.
Madson returned for the seventh and gave up a leadoff walk to Drew, but he got the next three hitters to end the frame.
Seanez started the eighth with the Phils down 3-0. Casey walked to start the inning, but Seanez struck out Crisp for the first out. Lefty Brandon Moss hit for the pitcher Lester and Casey stole second as Seanez struck Lester out. Lugo went down swinging to end the frame and leave Casey stranded.
Condrey started the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Pedroia. Drew flew to left for the first out. Ellsbury hit a ground ball to second and Pedroia was forced at second for the second out. With Lowell at the plate, Ellsbury stole second on a pitchout but was thrown out trying to steal third to end the frame. Not a good play to get caught stealing to end the inning when you’re in scoring position.
Condrey’s role appears to have evolved to the point where he’s pitching in games that are not out of reach. One run in four innings for the bullpen. Madson threw 41 pitches, so he’s out for a while. Seanez 23, Condrey 17.
The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Jon Lester went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right with the lefty on the mound. Ruiz catches.
Victorino singled with one out in the first. Utley flew to right before Victorino stole second, but Howard struck out to leave Victorino stranded.
Werth and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the second. Ruiz got ahead 2-0 and then hit a hard ground ball to third. Lowell took it and started an inning-ending double-play. The game was delayed for a brief ceremony to honor the Red Sox for getting Carlos Ruiz to hit into the one millionth double-play of his career and Jon Lester was presented with a $50 gift certificate to Applebee’s (that didn’t really happen — Ruiz has hit into eight double-plays in 159 at-bats this season and 28 for his career. He probably won’t pass the million mark till 2010 or so).
Rollins singled with one out in the third. Victorino hit a ground ball to short and Rollins was forced at second for the second out. Utley grounded to first for the third out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth and the fifth. Taguchi hit for Moyer with two outs in the fifth and lined to third on another nice play by Lowell.
Rollins led off the sixth with a walk. Victorino was next and lined to third and Lowell doubled Rollins off of first. Utley popped to first for the third out.
With two outs in the seventh, Werth and Feliz again singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.
Rollins doubled to left with one out in the eighth. Victorino flew to right and Utley struck out swinging to leave him stranded.
Jonathan Papelbon started the ninth with a 3-0 lead. He struck Howard out swinging at a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Burrell struck out on three pitches and Werth struck out on three pitches.
Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. His double was the Phillies’ only extra-base hit of the game.
Victorino 1-for-4 with a stolen base and left three men on base.
Howard 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Burrell 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. 3-4-5 in the lineup go 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts.
Ruiz 0-for-3 and left four men on base.
Kyle Kendrick (6-2, 4.54) faces 23-year-old righty Justin Masterson (3-1, 2.90) this afternoon. Masterson has made five starts for the Red Sox and gone at least six innings in all of them. Opponents are hitting just .168 against him, righties .130 and lefties .208. His walk rate and his home run rates are both high — in 31 innings he has walked 15 and allowed five home runs. The Phillies have won nine of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. Lefties still pound him, they’re hitting .331 against him for the year. He has oddly been much better at home (3-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.10 ratio in six starts) than on the road (3-1 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.76 ratio in eight starts).