Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Phils Bats Silenced

Boston's Jon Lester pitched 7 innings of shutout ball as the Red Sox beat the Phillies 3 - 0 at CBP in front of a packed house.

Lester seemed to flumox the Phils from the get-go. On the contrary, it seemed Jamie Moyer did not have his A-game with him on this day. Moyer did manage to only give up two runs in 5 innings of work, but he also walked 5 and could not seem to hit his spots. The biggest blow struck against Moyer was the 2 run homer off of the bat of Coco Crisp.

The series against Boston concludes today with Kyle Kendrick going up against Justin Masterson in an afternoon game at the Cit House at 1:05pm

Did You Notice?

- Pat Burrell and Ryan Howard were a combined 0 for 8 with 7 strikeouts.

- Monday and Tuesday's games seem like a microcosm of Howard's year to date. On Monday, he raked Boston pitching and last night, he whiffed all 4 times at the plate. Is this sort of helter-skelter inconsistency the real Ryan Howard? The one folks are going to clamor to sign long term again this off-season? Or is this bizarro Howard, who simply faced a guy last night they hadn't seen before and just looked silly.

- St. Chase of Utley's batting average is now below .300 (at .299) as he is 0 for his last 16. In light of this, I predict a 3-hit game from Utley today.

- Tough night for Carlos Ruiz, both at the plate and in the field. Boston was particularly active on the basepaths last night, stealing 6 bases. Ruiz also went 0 - 3, including hitting into a double-play in the 2nd inning.
Photo: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

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