Thursday, June 30, 2011

Worley, Ibanez lead Phils to series victory over BoSox

The Phillies have wrapped up a series victory against the Boston Red Sox after taking Game Two, 2-1.

Vance Worley was outstanding once again in the biggest test of his career. He had all of his pitches working early, even locking up David Ortiz for a called strike three in his first at bat on nasty cutter which ran back over the outside corner of the plate.

Worley improved to 3-1, tossing seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Boston starter John Lackey drove in their only run, with an RBI double in the fifth.

Raul Ibanez was the offensive hero for the Phils, going 3-for-3 and hitting the game winning home run in the seventh, breaking a 1-1 tie. He also had a double and drove in both of Philadelphia's runs. 

The most talked about move before the game was David Ortiz being reinserted to the lineup and playing first base, with Adrian Gonzalez moving to right field for the second time in his career. It didn't end up hurting the Sox in the field, but Big Papi was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and two men left of base. Gonzo was 1-for-4.

The Phillies look for the sweep this afternoon, but it will be no easy task with Jon Lester on the mound. The same rings true for Boston, as the Phillies send Cole Hamels to the bump for the finale.

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