Red Sox 7, Phillies 5
Game 135 - Friday Night, September 4th in Boston
Record - 53-82, 5th Place, 21 1/2 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies mounted a late comeback, but the Sox ultimately prevailed, 7-5.
What It Means: I'll remember two bad/questionable plays from this game.
Freddy Galvis popped up a bunt for the first out of the seventh inning with runners at first and second. And Ryan Howard , batting as the potential tying run in the top of the ninth inning, struck out on three pitches against the left-handed Robbie Ross, Jr. Prior to that at-bat, Howard had been 13 for 95 (.137) against left-handed pitchers this season.
What Happened: On the plus-side, Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr both had three hits, with Herrera hitting his 7th home run of the season in the ninth.
Featured Card: Former short-time Phillie Torey Lovullo is the interim manager for the Red Sox these days as manager John Farrell has taken a medical leave of absence to undergo cancer treatment. (We certainly wish Farrell all the best and a quick recovery.)
Lovullo appeared in 17 games for the 1999 Phillies in his eighth and final season in the big leagues. No offense to Lovullo, but I honestly have no recollection at all of his time in red pinstripes. His only Phillies-related baseball card in my collection is from the 1999 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons team set.
Virtual Phillies Wall Updates: The Phillies added another player to their expanded roster yesterday, recalling outfielder Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Bogusevic's services were needed as Domonic Brown headed back to Philadelphia where it was determined he suffered a concussion after tumbling into the Citi Field stands on Thursday night. I also reshuffled some of the cards to reflect recent changes to the regular starters at several positions.