Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/29/13
The Red Sox and Phillies continued their unique four-game series; the first two in Boston and the final two in Philly. The Sox made their first appearance in a National League park, thus shifting David Ortiz to the bench. It's always worth watching the Sox pitchers take some hacks at the plate too...especially Lackey Besides the "solo-shot" night, both offenses were relatively quiet. Jacoby Ellsbury got things started off with a bang, launching a triple to deep center. Pedroia followed up by driving him in with a sac-fly, allowing a quick lead for the Sox. Daniel Nava later sent one into the right field bleachers leading off the sixth. Lackey was just okay tonight. He had some major trouble with the long-ball, as Howard, Brown (and later against Uehara), and Kratz all went yard. Given the fact they were all solo HR's, Lackey was pretty lucky tonight. He threw six innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs, three walks, and struck out five on 98 pitches. If it even matters, Lackey at the plate grounded out to third and sacrificed to the pitcher.  Although he had more trouble tonight, old friend Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second consecutive save against his former team. Bradley Jr. was set down first with ease. Drew worked a walk during a quality at-bat, paving way for pinch-hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz, who narrowly missed a HR versus Papelbon last night, flew out to right field. Jonny Gomes stepped up next and delivered a very rare opposite-field hit, advancing Drew to scoring position. At this point, it was clear Papelbon was not the same guy he was last night. Ellsbury added to the building comeback by placing a soft fly ball out of the reach of Phillies LF Domonic Brown, scoring Drew. A meeting on the mound took place prior to Nava stepping to the plate. However, the comeback was halted as Papelbon induced a grounder from Nava to end the game. Side note: how about these Red Sox-Phillies games, eh? They seem to be flying by for the most part. Starting pitchers for both tonight's and last night's games have been moving very quick; which is a major plus for any fan watching. Franklin Morales will make his first appearance of 2013 for the Sox, as the Phillies counter with Jonathan Pettibone. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm. Boxscore
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