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Booing aside, Jonathan Paplebon was all smiles after the Phillies 3-1 victory at Fenway Tuesday night
Tuesday night was not your normal weeknight at the Fens. Not only was the National League in the house, but longtime Sox closer Jonathan Paplebon was in the pen, warming in the 8th inning, itching to get a chance to shut up some of the Sox fans that were giving it to him from the bleachers (I was one of them). Cliff Lee had only tossed 95 pitches (mostly strikes, per usual), and after giving up a run in the first, he went into full on cruise control for the next 7 innings. Lee had retired 23 straight Sox batters before Paplebon relieved him in the 9th. Before I break down exactly what happened down there Tuesday night, lets touch on Ryan Dempster’s impressive outing.
Dempster, coming off three consecutive abysmal outings (15 ER in 12.2 IP), came into the matchup trying to find his control against one of the best control pitchers in the game in Cliff Lee. Although Dempster gave up three walks in his 7 innings of work, he was able to work around them, and if it wasn’t for an early miscue to Michael Young, this game would have been tied going into the 9th. Dempster looked strong and was able to work quickly, but unfortunately he was just on the wrong side of a pitchers duel Tuesday night. This is good news for Red Sox fans, though, as they hope that Dempster can turn another page and get back on track. He’ll pitch in New York this weekend, where he has had trouble throughout his career. Now, back to Paplebon…
As Lee was mowing our Sox down in the 7th inning, a familiar face began to appear from the bullpen, as Paplebon began to warm up. The boos were loud, and although I appreciate everything Pap has given us, I wasn’t hesitant to heckle him a bit. That’s sports, and I, like Paplebon, do not think the booing is a big deal at all. After the game, Pap even went on to say ” [I] felt like the first time I got booed at Yankee stadium I felt like I had made it. I’ve always enjoyed this city and pitching off the mound here. It felt like old times with all the visuals you get. Old times but in a different uniform.”
If the boos affected Paplebon Tuesday night, they only gave him more motivation to go out their and get the job done. Paplebon went on to retire the side 1-2-3 as he gave his patented fist-pump as the last out was recorded. Something us Sox fans haven’t seen at the Fens since 2011, when Tito Francona was still the Sox manager and the Sox were a totally different looking team. It seems forever ago, but it was only a year and a half ago. The pain is still there, which further explains the booing.
The Phillies won, Paplebon got his revenge/payback/whatever you want to call it, and the season moves on. No need to dwell on the fact that Paplebon is one of the best closers in baseball this season and the Sox, although they might have found their guy in Andrew Bailey, have struggled with finding a consistent closer since Paplebon left in 2011. Well, maybe we can dwell on it for just a little.
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Cliff Lee pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and Jonathan
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on Tuesday night, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-1
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Philadelphia Phillies (24-27) at Boston Red Sox (32-20)
Cliff Lee (5-2, 2.48) vs. Ryan Dempster (2-5, 4.69)
TIME: 7:05, Fenway Park
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: 60s, partly cloudy
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Cliff Lee throws eight strong innings as the Phils leave Fenway Park with a split as they defeat the Red Sox, 3-1.
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First Pitch: Wednesday 7:05, Thursday 7:05
Arms: Wednesday: John Lackey, RHP (3-4, 2.72 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick, RHP (4-3, 3.29 ERA)
Thursday: Jon Lester, LHP (6-1, 3.34 ERA) vs. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP (3-0, 3.21 ERA)
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