Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 19th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (18-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (21-19), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Jon Lester (2-3, 3.71)
Philadelphia - Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96)
(Sports Network) - Going for a seventh straight victory, the Philadelphia
Phillies have a tough task on their hands tonight when they face Boston's Jon
The five-time defending National League East champions are still in the
basement of the NL East but have risen to two games over .500 thanks to their
latest surge of offense. That includes last night's 6-4 win in which the
Phillies received homers from Freddy Galvis and Hunter Pence in the opener of
the three-game series.
Tonight could be a different story, though, as Lester has dominated the
Phillies in three previous starts, going 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA. That's just one
run allowed over 21 innings. Not only that, but those three starts came at
Citizens Bank Park. The lefty is also coming off a complete-game win against
Seattle on Monday, when he fanned six without walking a batter.
Joe Blanton counters for the Phillies. The righty is on a hot streak, going
3-0 over his last four starts. That includes a three-hit shutout at Atlanta on
May 3. In his most recent appearance, on Monday, Blanton limited Houston to a
run over seven-plus innings.
Over his career, Blanton is 3-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 10 games against Boston.
Carlos Ruiz drove in two runs for the Phillies last night. Ty Wigginton and
John Mayberry added an RBI apiece.
Cole Hamels (6-1) worked seven solid innings, allowing six hits and three runs
while striking out nine.
"It was nice to get some runs right off the bat," said Hamels, whose club
staked him to a 4-0 lead when he went out for the second inning. "I was able
to go out and keep the momentum and wear down the opponents."
Jonathan Papelbon continued his great start with his 12th save in as many
chances, this time against his former team.
"It wasn't much different -- just a little more juice in the ballpark," said
Papelbon about facing the team for whom he helped win two World Series. "But
it was just another ballgame and another big save."
Mike Aviles, Cody Ross and Adrian Gonzalez went deep for the Red Sox, who have
dropped two of three.
Daniel Bard (3-5) departed after five frames, charged with five runs and three
hits while issuing five walks.
"I'm still in reliever mode and I have to learn how to be more aggressive,"
Bard said of his disastrous opening frame. "This one is on me."
Boston dropped the 2011 set against Philadelphia, losing two of three games at
Citizens Bank Park. The Red Sox own a 27-20 advantage vs. the Phillies since
interleague play began in 1997.
05/19 10:35:35 ET