Stop With The Excuses, Phillies Stunk It Up In Boston

Fresh off their trip to the UK and a series split with the Mets. The Phillies return to the normal part of their schedule first up the Boston Red Sox.

Tuesday

Kyle Schwarber homered on the first pitch of the game then added another solo shot in the fifth inning and Zack Wheeler won his eighth straight decision on Tuesday night, leading the Phillies to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Wheeler (8-3) has not lost in 10 starts since April 14. He allowed one run on three hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking one to help Philadelphia improve to a season-high 10 games in front of the six-time defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves.

Phillies pitchers retired 14 straight batters before David Hamilton singled with one out in the ninth, but José Alvarado retired the next two batters for his 12th save. Bryson Stott also had two hits for the Phillies, who picked up a pair of unearned runs when Boston first baseman Dominic Smith dropped an easy toss that should have ended the fourth inning.

It was Philadelphia’s first game back in the U.S. after splitting the two-game London Series with the New York Mets last weekend. The Phillies flew straight to Boston on Sunday, arriving just after midnight, and had Monday off to get acclimated again. Schwarber was ready to go.

The designated hitter, a member of the 2021 Red Sox team that went to the AL Championship Series, hit the first pitch from Kutter Crawford (2-6) a projected 444 feet to right-center field. It was the 37th leadoff homer of Schwarber’s career, and his sixth this season.

After striking out in the third, Schwarber led off the fifth and sent a 1-0 pitch 427 feet to right to make it 4-1. Crawford allowed four runs in all, two earned, on six hits, striking out eight and walking one in six innings.

With the game tied 1-all, two outs in the fourth, and runners on second and third, David Dahl hit one off the end of his bat to the right side of the infield. Red Sox second baseman Emmanuel Valdéz fielded it and made the gentle throw to first, but Smith let it deflect off the edge of his glove.

Bryce Harper, who led off with a walk, scored easily, and Stott took off for home, scoring without a throw. Garrett Stubbs singled Dahl to third before Crawford got Johan Rojas on a groundout to end the inning.

Red Sox center fielder Rob Refsnyder also made an error, misplaying Stott’s second-inning single for an extra base. But Crawford retired the next three batters to end the inning.

Wednesday

 Enmanuel Valdez hit a tiebreaking two-run double in Boston’s five-run fifth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Phillies 8-6 on Wednesday night. Jarren Duran had three of Boston’s 13 hits. David Hamilton had two hits, scored twice, and drove in two runs.

The Red Sox, who trailed 4-0 after three innings, had dropped three of four. With the win, they returned to .500 at 34-34. Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos each had two hits for the NL East-leading Phillies, which had won five of six. Bryson Stott had two RBI.

Thursday

 Tanner Houck allowed three runs in six strong innings and Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer to help the Red Sox defeat the Phillies 9-3 on Thursday night. Jarren Duarn doubled in his first two at-bats and drove in two runs as the Red Sox secured a series win against the NL-leading Phillies. 

David Hamilton, Reese McGuire, Dominic Smith, and Emmanuel Valdez also drove in runs for Boston, which went above .500 with the win at 35-34. Houck (7-5) scattered eight hits, struck out five and walked none while lowering his ERA to 2.08. The right-hander has gone at least six innings in 12 of his 14 starts.

Kyle Schwarber drove in all three of Philadelphia’s runs. Phillies starter Aaron Nola (8-3) delivered his worst outing since his first start of the season. Nola gave up eight runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. His ERA jumped from 2.77 to 3.48. Valdez and McGuire jumped on consecutive pitches.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.

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