Monday, March 21, 2011

Halladay, Phils beat Lester, Sox 4-1

Today's hyped pitching match-up was as advertised, as the Phillies beat the Red Sox 4-1 in front of a record crowd at Brighthouse Field.

Roy Halladay pitched 7.2 innings to pick improve to 3-0 on the spring. He allowed his first run, on five hits, three walks and six strikeouts.

Jon Lester suffered his first loss of the spring, tossing 5.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, four walks and six strikeouts.

The Phillies got on the board first with an unearned run in the third without recording a hit. Boston tied the score in the top of the fifth. Halladay broke up Lester's no hitter in the bottom of the fifth by slicing a single into right-center field.

Lester pitched very well but things unraveled for him quickly in the sixth. Jimmy Rollins worked a four pitch walk with one out. Lester then fell behind Ryan Howard 3-0 before Howard laced a single to right-center. With Raul Ibanez at the plate, Rollins stole third before Ibanez singled through the hole into right, scoring Rollins. After a Ben Francisco walk loaded the bases, Josh Barfield's single drove in Howard and Ibanez, making the score 4-1. Brian Schneider followed with a single, ending Lester's day.

Scary moment for the Phillies in the fifth when Shane Victorino collided with Raul Ibanez trying to catch a fly ball and went to the ground in a hurry. After laying on the ground for a few minutes with blood visibly dripping from his face, Victorino rose before laughing and trotting off the field with a cut above his eye. It's being called a bruised left eye and sore jaw and fortunately is not serious.

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