Jun 12, 2010

Phils struggle again, Fall to Sox 10-2

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(Boston, MA) For the second consecutive night the Philadelphia Phillies took a nine inning drudging from the Boston Red Sox as they fell 10-2 in game two of their three game set at Fenway Park.

Joe Blanton allowed nine runs in four innings of work and allowed a season worst 13 hits. Blanton's ERA rose to 7.28 in the effort and is now 1-5 this season.

The lead story for the day was Daniel Nava who, in his first major league game, went 2-4 including a grand slam in the bottom of the second to cap off a five run inning for the Red Sox.

Nava is only the second Red Sox ever to hit a grand slam in his first major league at bat and did it on his first major league pitch.
Right fielder J.D. Drew went 3-4 with a homerun to lead-off the inning and finished with two RBI's.

The Red Sox have outscored the Phillies 22-4 in the first two games of the series and in today's game every Red Sox starter has a hit by the fourth inning.

Despite the onslaught by Boston the Phillies were the first to get on the board as catcher Brian Schneider had a two run double in the top of the second to give the Phils a short lived 2-0 lead.

Before the first pitch the Red Sox made a unexpected change on the mound as they placed scheduled starter Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. In his place the Sox started 34-year old Scott Atchison. In his first start Atchison lasted three inning allowing the two Phillies runs on two hits and struck out a pair.

Manny Delcarmen finished the game for  Boston as he pitched two innings of one hit ball to clinch his second win of the season.

The Phillies will hope to escape Boston with a win tomorrow as they send Cole Hamels (5-5) to the mound. He will face knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield (2-4).

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