Instant Replay: Red Sox 9, Phillies 3

Instant Replay: Red Sox 9, Phillies 3

May 27, 2013, 10:30 pm
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BOSTON – Tyler Cloyd was hit hard and the Phillies’ offense sputtered for most of the game in a 9-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night at Fenway Park.

The Phillies are 24-27. They have scored three or fewer runs in 29 of 51 games.

The Phils are 12-20 against teams with records of .500 or better. They are 12-7 against teams with records under .500.

Interleague play has been rough on the Phils this season. They are 2-6 in those games. They have been outscored 57-24 in those games.

Starting pitching report
Cloyd, in his third start of the season with the big club, was pounded for nine hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings. Two of the hits were home runs. He also allowed three doubles.

On paper, the Phils received a break when American League ERA leader Clay Buchholz was scratched and Alfredo Aceves was given the start. Aceves entered the game with an 8.20 ERA and he had allowed 26 hits, 12 walks and 17 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings. Aceves got it all together against the anemic Phillies. He went six innings, allowed seven hits and a run. Phillies hitters barely made Aceves work in the first five innings. He threw just 64 pitches in that span.

Bullpen report
Five Phillies relievers had to eat up 5 2/3 innings. Mike Adams, in his first work since coming off the disabled list, walked three in the eighth.

At the plate
The Phils scored just one run in the first seven innings before Domonic Brown stroked a two-run homer, his team-high 10th, in the eighth. Brown also leads the team with 29 RBIs.

Erik Kratz homered for the Phillies’ first run.

The Phillies hit into three double plays.

Though he hit a couple of balls hard, Michael Young went hitless. He is 0 for his last 21 at-bats.

Dustin Pedroia (two-run shot) and Mike Napoli (solo) homered against Cloyd in the first inning. The Red Sox, who had seven extra-base hits, never looked back. They had 15 hits for the night.

In the field
Ben Revere took away extra bases from David Ortiz when he made a tremendous catch crashing into the center-field wall to end the fourth inning.

Health check
The condition of Ryan Howard’s left knee is an issue that might not go away (see story).

Dubious stat
Cole Hamels lost Sunday to fall to 1-8. He is the just the third Phillies pitcher to have eight losses before June since 1970. Don Carman was 1-8 in 1989 and Jim Bunning was 3-8 in 1971.

Up next
Cliff Lee (5-2, 2.48) faces Ryan Dempster (2-5, 4.69) on Tuesday night.