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Phillies-Red Sox Sunday Game Recap

spring training 2012

leeThe Phillies met their interleague rival, the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at a blustery Brighthouse Field. The winds would make their presence felt before the day was out. Cliff Lee got the call for the Fightins, while young right hander Brandon Workman took the mound for Boston.

Lee worked his way through 5.1 innings, allowing nine hits and six runs. The big blow against Lee was a fly ball to left center field hit by Jackie Bradley, Jr. The ball got way up in the wind and reached the seats for a three run home run.

Lee was in trouble again in the 3rd when he allowed three straight singles, followed by a hard hit ball to short. Jimmy Rollins couldn’t come up with it, and two runs would score to make it 5-0 Red Sox. Rollins had a shot at a double play were he able to corral the ball.

Lee departed in the fifth inning after reaching his 90 pitch limit for the day.

Closer Jonathon Papelbon replaced Lee and allowed a single, before inducing a ground ball double play. Michael Stutes and Jeremy Horst also saw action on the mound today.

Offensively the Phils were able to chip away at the eventual 6-0 Red Sox lead.

After Humberto Quintero was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Lee, Ben Revere stepped in and singled him home. Revere would come around to score from second on a bloop base hit by Chase Utley. It was a routine pop up that got caught up in the wind and eluded the Red Sox. That made it 6-2.

Revere would again reach base on a bunt, and advance to second on a throwing error. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and was singled home, again by Utley.

After Rollins led off the 8th  inning with a walk, Utley followed with a long home run to right field. Chase now with a healthy 4 home runs and 14 runs batted in this spring. Ryan Howard followed with a mammoth home run of his own to right field to tie the game at six.

The Phillies were helped by some good defense in the later innings. Revere made a great diving catch in right center field to rob Will Middlebrooks of extra bases. The team also turned three double plays behind their bullpen.

The bullpen would not allow a run until the ninth inning. Rule 5 draft pick Ender Inciarte misplayed a ball in centerfield that would allow runners to reach second and third with nobody out. With the infield in, Yuniesky Betancourt had a ball go off his glove into left field that plated the winning run.

The final score was 7-6, putting the Phils one game under .500 for the spring thus far.

They travel to Dunedin, FL to take on the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow afternoon.

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