Game 61 - Sunday Afternoon, June 13th in Boston
The Phils escaped from Boston this afternoon, salvaging one win out of the 3-game weekend series. Cole Hamels turned in his second straight strong start, striking out 8 in his 7 innings of work, while allowing just one run. Brad Lidge came on to get the final 2 outs of the game, earning his 4th save of the season and clinching Hamels' 6th win. I read several official game summaries this evening, all noting Hamels looked like the 2008 version of himself and his fastball touched 96 on a few occasions. This is very good news.
It looked to be the same old story for the offense to start the game, as the Phils loaded the bases in the 1st, with no one out, and still managed not to score. However, they were able to string together five straight hits in the 4th inning, scoring 4 runs in the process - Ryan Howard doubled; Jayson Werth singled, scoring Howard; Raul Ibañez homered, scoring Werth; Ben Francisco doubled; Juan Castro singled, scoring Francisco. They added a run in the 9th when Werth walked, stole 2nd, stole 3rd and came home on a Francisco sac fly.
The team limps out of Boston to enjoy an off-day in New York tomorrow. On Tuesday night, Roy Halladay faces off against CC Sabathia.
6 Years Later: This was the first time the Phillies had won a game at Fenway Park since June 26, 2004, when they defeated the Red Sox, 9-2. Jim Thome hit a 2-run home run in the 4th, Jason Michaels enjoyed a 3-hit game and Ryan Madson secured the win in relief. Phillies Room favorite Rheal Cormier pitched 1.2 innings, allowing a run.