Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 20th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (19-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (21-20), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Josh Beckett (3-4, 4.97)
Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95)
(Sports Network) - Cliff Lee has pitched exceptionally this season. If only
the Phillies could give the former Cy Young Award winner some offensive
support, Philadelphia might not be in last place in the NL East.
Lee, who has given up two earned runs or less in all but one of his five
starts this season, will try to give the Phillies a series victory over the
Red Sox this afternoon.
The problem for Lee has been the Phillies haven't been scoring runs while he's
been on the mound. The lefty has compiled 34 strikeouts against just four
walks and he's coming off a season-high 10 strikeout effort vs. Houston
Tuesday. That covered eight innings, but the Phillies blew the lead in the
ninth before winning 4-3 in 10 frames.
Lee's career mark against the Red Sox stands at 3-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 11
Josh Beckett, who is coming off a seven shutout-inning performance against the
Mariners, will be back on the mound for the Red Sox in the finale of this
three-game set. The right-hander, who pitched Tuesday on his 32nd birthday,
has appeared in 20 games (18 starts) against the Phillies in his career and is
8-5 with a 4.18 ERA.
Last night, Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 3-for-4 and launched one of Boston's
four homers, as the Red Sox halted the Phillies' six-game winning streak with
a 7-5 decision. David Ortiz had a two-run homer, while Mike Aviles and Will
Middlebrooks added solo shots for Boston, which has split the first four games
of its eight-game road trip.
Jon Lester (3-3) gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings to pick up the
victory, while his counterpart, Joe Blanton, took a loss at home for the first
time in over two years.
"Lester gave us everything he had. The bullpen and the defense saved the
game," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.
Blanton (4-4), who was 8-0 in 17 home starts dating back to May 8, 2010,
surrendered seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"Threw a lot of pitches down the middle tonight. Not good results when you do
that," said Blanton. "It was just one of those days."
Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer, while Shane Victorino went 3-for-5 with an
RBI but popped out to leave the bases loaded in the eighth.
Philadelphia went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.
Boston dropped the 2011 set against Philadelphia, losing two of three games at
Citizens Bank Park. The Red Sox own a 28-20 advantage vs. the Phillies since
interleague play began in 1997.
05/20 10:36:04 ET