Fan Report: Sox Fans Not So Die Hard When Losing

Fan Report: Sox Fans Not So Die Hard When Losing

Loyal reader Loqiel was down at the ball park last night and sent in this Fan Report. If you're going to a game and would like to share your photos and game experience, hit us up.

Having taken a partial day off, I met up with a friend from work and
headed out to the ballpark  As soon as we hit the parking lot, our worst
fears were confirmed: there were Red Sox fans EVERYWHERE.  They didn't
outnumber us, but they were certainly there in force.  We got in early
to catch some BP, and were greeted with a light sprinkle from the
heavens as we made our way to Bull's BBQ.  Shawn ordered some ribs
while I had a pulled pork sandwich (it was above average but not
wonderful).  Eventually we made our way to our seats in the fine 400
level while watching the Sox take BP.

The fireworks started early last night.  No, I'm not talking about on the
field.  I'm talking about RSN trying to start up a "Let's Go Red Sox"
chant... and promptly being shouted down.  Much to my enjoyment, before
the game would be the only time they tried to start it up, as Rollins
and Howard connected for three quick runs off of former Cy Young
award-winner Bartolo Colon's bloated carcass (note to Colon: you're not
David Wells.  Mix in a salad, wouldja?)

That's how it went most of the night really.  The Phils jumped out
to a 4-0 lead, with Hamels dealing.  Colon couldn't throw strikes to
save his enormous self.  The Sox got two back, RSN started to stir a
little and was promptly silenced by a four-run sixth in which we saw
Mike Timlin spontaneously combust on the mound (much to our great
delight).

That's the way it ended: Phils 8, Sox 2.

Final line on
Colon's corpse: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3HR allowed, 70 pitches.
I guess when you're dead and faking it 100 pitches is no longer an
option.

For his part, Hamels went over a hundred pitches for seven plus
innings, had a hit and a fine sacrifice to set up a pair of runs,
limited his mistakes to two solo home runs, and did everything short of
don a yellow shirt and sell concessions.  Can we sign this guy to a
serious contract?  Please?  I don't ask for much, but I would really
like this.

We will not be needing your services tonight, Mr. Lidge.  Mr. Hamels is in control.

Some random thoughts:

-I saw a ton of Sox fans leave early, starting in the eighth.  Typical.
-The Sox fans sitting next to me in the 400 level left even earlier, after the four-run sixth.  So much for being die-hard.
-The rain held off, ironically for my second straight game of somehow
coming up with tickets to covered seats and then not being rained on.
This means the next time it thinks about raining and I go to a game
with open seats, I'm going to need an ark to get home.
-More and more people think this is a possible World Series preview.
I'm just fine with that if it means we can shut RSN up for a year.
-Also, one game does not a series make, but I'd be just fine with
winning this series. As Casey Stengal once said, "they don't pay me to
win every game, just two of three".
-Who is that dude in the pink gorilla suit that dances around the
stadium during games?  Is he the Phillies equivalent to Fat Dancing Guy
for the Flyers?
-There is no greater joy than watching a big, slow hitter leg out a
triple.  It's like watching Manny make his way around left field; you
know he'll get there sometime, but whether he beats the ball to the
spot is another matter.  Ryan and Pat, I'm talking to you.
-We booed the crap out of J.D. Drew when he was announced, when he
came up to bat, every time he changed pose in the dugout, you name it.
This city has such a long memory; it's too bad we don't have more
positive things to remember.
-We booed Manny too.  This I didn't understand.  Yes I know he's the
enemy and all, but isn't booing Manny like booing your
idiosyncratic-but-otherwise

-Harmless uncle?  I just couldn't bring myself to do it.  While Drew was greedy, Manny is just Manny.

"Don't boo him!  He's just misunderstood!"

All in all a good night out, and I finally got to see a win this year.

-Loqiel

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick experienced a painful rehab start on Thursday night.

Rehabbing with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Kendrick was hit by a pitch twice before being removed after the sixth inning of the IronPigs' 8-4 loss to Indianapolis at Coca-Cola Park.

Kendrick was plunked both times in the upper left arm, according to Tom Housenick of the Morning Call.

There was no update on if Kendrick was injured or taken out for precautionary reasons. Thursday marked Kendrick's second rehab start as he recovers from an oblique strain that has sidelined him since April 15.

The Phillies' leftfielder started at third base Thursday. At the start of his rehab assignment, Kendrick was expected to play four games and see time at third and first base, as well as in left field.

Kendrick made a throwing error at third on Thursday and finished 0 for 1 with a run scored. In his two games, he's 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Kendrick hit .333 with four doubles, a triple and five RBIs in 10 games with the Phillies prior to landing on the DL.

When he returns, he could see time at third base instead of left field if Maikel Franco continues to struggle (see story).

NBA Playoffs: LeBron James makes history as Cavaliers roll into Finals

NBA Playoffs: LeBron James makes history as Cavaliers roll into Finals

BOX SCORE

BOSTON -- LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA Finals.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

Cleveland's 4-1 series' win gives it a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the Finals last season to claim the franchise's first championship.

It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James.

Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points.

The Cavaliers basically conceded the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest its starters in advance of the playoffs. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.

After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them the chance in Game 5.

Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.

Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed, tomahawk dunks.

It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.

Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver all helped spread out Boston's defenders by connecting on several wide-open scoring opportunities.

Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland.

The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn't there Thursday night.

Tip-ins
Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason. ... Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015. ... The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for points in a quarter.

Celtics: Injured point guard Isaiah Thomas led his teammates in a pregame huddle before they took the court for warmups. Thomas sat out the rest of the series after aggravating a hip injury in Game 2. ... Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing. ... Were whistled for 16 fouls in the first half.