Blogging about the 5x NL East Champion Phillies

Category Archives: Mike Aviles

Sox Own Lee; Take Series In Philly

Red Sox 5, Phillies 1
WP – Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.38)
LP – Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66)

PHILADELPHIA — From the very first batter the Red Sox owned Cliff Lee and the offense, both at the plate and on the mound respectively.

A pair of big home runs and a dominant pitching performance from Josh Beckett dropped the Phillies, 5-1. The loss dropped the Phillies back to .500 and with Atlanta’s win, dropped them to five games out of first place.

Mike Aviles had an encore performance in store for Lee. Aviles, who hit a home run off Joe Blanton to lead off yesterday’s game, hit a lead-0ff home run again, giving the Sox a quick 1-0 lead.

In the 3rd inning while Boston held a 2-0 lead, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a three-run homer off Lee, opening the game wide open and giving the Red Sox a 5-0 lead. Lee managed to pitch four more scoreless innings after that homer but the damage was done.

Read more of this post


Sox Hit Four Homers Off Blanton; Snap Phils Win Streak

Boston 1B David Ortiz celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the 5th inning of Joe Blanton, proving to be the winning runs in the Red Sox 7-5 win over Philadelphia. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Red Sox 7, Phillies 5
WP – Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)
LP – Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74)
SV – Alfredo Aceves (9)

PHILADLELPHIA — All winning streaks must come to an end.

The Red Sox got to Joe Blanton early and often, beating the Phillies 7-5 in Philadelphia Saturday night. The loss snapped the Phils six-game winning streak.

It was not Blanton’s day as a pitcher, and even as a fielder. Blanton gave up four homers in five innings, as well as make two errors in the field that extended innings he got shelled in.

It was Blanton’s worst outing of the season, ending a streak of quality starts that has made Blanton a hot topic in this young season.

Boston jumped all over him in the very first at-bat. Mike Aviles led off the game with a solo homer to left field, giving the Sox an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Read more of this post