Final: Red Sox 7, Phillies 5. WP: Lester (3-3, 3.95) LP: Blanton (4-4, 3.74) SV: Aceves (9)
Pat Burrell walked into the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park Saturday evening and said his final goodbyes before officially retiring as a Philadelphia Phillie. His 251 homeruns with the Phillies ranks 4th in franchise-history.
Burrell threw out the first pitch prior to the second game of the home interleague-series against the Boston Red Sox. His former teammate, Chase Utley, caught his pitch from slightly below the mound as the scoreboard relieved moments from the 2008 championship parade.
"I don't miss playing," Burrell said. "I miss a lot of the baseball part of it, but the playing part I don't because it got to the point where I just couldn't do it with my foot. … I miss seeing the guys."
The Phillies entered the game with a season-best six-game winning streak. Over that span, they had outscored their opponents 35 to 19, as their pitching staff posted a 2.95 ERA holding their opponents to a .217 batting average. The offense was just as appealing during that stretch, batting .291 with 9 HR and 5.8 runs per game.
While the offense continued to produce tonight, the starting pitching unforunately faltered. In 4.1 innings pitched, Joe Blanton allowed nine hits, six earned runs, and four home runs to the opposition. Per CSNPhilly's Reuben Frank, Blanton is the first Phillies starter to allow four home runs in less than five innings since Vicente Padilla vs. the New York Mets on April 5, 2005.
The Phillies had a rally going in the bottom the 7th down 7-4, but an amazing diving catch by center fielder Ryan Sweeney robbed Carlos Ruiz of getting a multi-RBI XBH. The offense produced another rally in the 8th, with Rollins hitting an infield RBI-single to close the deficit to two runs, but nothing else came about from it.
With the defeat, the Phillies' all-time interleague record falls to (116-136).
Check out the Phillie Phanatic in the video below hanging out with FOX's Ken Rosenthal. Future successor to Gregg Murphy, perhaps?
Attendance: 45,656 (224th consecutive regular-season sellout).
Starting Pitching Summary:
- Jon Lester: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3.95 ERA
- Joe Blanton: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 4 HR, 3.74 ERA
In the 'Pen:
- Raul Valdes (5th, 6th): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA
- Joe Savery (7th, 8th): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 3.60 ERA
- Vicente Padilla (7th, 8th): 1.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 5.71 ERA
- Rich Hill (8th): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 1.08 ERA
- Alfredo Aceves (8th, 9th): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 5.19 ERA
- Jose Contreras (9th): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 7.20 ERA
- Top of the 1st (Red Sox 1, Phillies 0): Mike Aviles homers (7) on a fly ball to left center.
- Top of the 2nd (Red Sox 2, Phillies 0): Daniel Nava reaches on missed catch error by pitcher Joe Blanton. Jarrod Saltalamachhia scores.
- Top of the 2nd (Red Sox 3, Phillies 0): Jon Lester grounds into a double play. Ryan Sweeney scores.
- Bottom of the 3rd (Red Sox 3, Phillies 1): Shane Victorino doubles (6) on a sharp line drive to left fielder Daniel Nava. John Mayberry scores.
- Top of the 4th (Red Sox 4, Phillies 1): Will Middlebrooks homers (5) on a fly ball to right center field.
- Top of the 4th (Red Sox 5, Phillies 1): Jarrod Saltalamacchia homers (6) on a fly ball to right center field.
- Bottom of the 4th (Red Sox 5, Phillies 2): Hector Luna singles on a fly ball to left fielder Daniel Nava. Carlos Ruiz scores.
- Bottom of the 4th (Red Sox 5, Phillies 4): Freddy Galvis homers (3) on a fly ball to left center field. Hector Luna scores.
- Top of the 5th (Red Sox 7, Phillies 4): David Ortiz homers (9) on a fly ball to center field. Dustin Pedroia scores.
- Bottom of the 8th (Red Sox 7, Phillies 5): Jimmy Rollins singles on a ground ball to shortstop Mike Aviles. Ty Wigginton scores.
- Sunday, May 20, 2012; 1:35 pm EST
- Boston Red Sox (19-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (21-20)
- Josh Beckett (3-4, 4.97 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95 ERA)
- TV: My PHl 17, TBS
- Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP
Matt Rappa is a contributor for Buzz on Broad. You can find him on Twitter at @mattrappa.