Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/28/13
Cliff Lee showed why he's in the upper echelon of pitchers (despite the Phillies' inability to score runs for him) in tonight's 3-1 win over the Sox at Fenway.  After the Sox manufactured a run in the first off a Jacoby Ellbury single and stolen base and a Dustin Pedroia single, Lee turned it up a notch and the Sox couldn't touch him: He retired 22 of the next 23 batters he faced. He didn't even tire; his 8th inning was flawless except for a Jose Iglesias infield single that was pretty lucky. Nevertheless, Philly turned to Jonathan Papelbon to record the save, which he did with relative ease. David Ortiz did hit a 400-foot foul ball past the Pesky Pole, but, hey, it's baseball, these things happen. Ryan Dempster was the hard-luck loser. He gave up two runs over seven innings, tossing 98 pitches and giving up just five hits. He did walk four, but the depleted Philly lineup couldn't do much to take advantage. Craig Breslow tossed a perfect 8th but Junichi Tazawa surrendered a homer in a sloppy 9th inning. The best part of the game was the NESN broadcast, which featured Dennis Eckersley subbing for a sick Jerry Remy, and a fun guest spot from Pedro Martinez. Don Orsillo didn't even bother to narrate the action for much of the time Pedro was there. When Pedro speaks, we listen. And I have to admit, I might like Eck more than Remy. Maybe he's just good in small doses and would become annoying over time, but I enjoy his goofy language and ridiculous 80s hair.  Box score
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