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Howard Carries Phillies Over Red Sox

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard has always had a knack for power, and he sure put it on full display against the Red Sox Monday night. Howard blasted two HR’s and one triple off the glove of Jacoby Ellsbury to help power the Phillies for an 8-2 series opening win. Cole Hamels pitched effectively, going seven strong innings while allowing just two runs on seven hits to earn the win. Hamels is very confident, perhaps overconfident, about the prospects about his team’s future this season:

“I believe we’re destined to play each other in the World Series. We can compete with them any day of the week.”

OK, lofty expectations there, buddy. Personally, I do think that the Phillies are the best team in the NL…but it is still June 17, and there is plenty of more baseball to be played.

Sox Stud of the Game:

Guess who’s back…back again….Dustin’s back….tell a friend! After throwing him in my doghouse for weeks as my Diamond Dud on an almost-nightly basis, Dustin Pedroia must’ve gotten sick of finding himself with the dubious distinction. Against the Phils, Pedroia went 3-4 with a HR.

Diamond Dud of the Game:

Bartolo Colon is the Red Sox Dud for his poor pitching performance (4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K), which included three home runs allowed, and his hitting (0-2, 2 Ks). I mean, if MLB makes pitchers hit in NL parks, you would think a Sox pitcher would get a hit this season (yes, they are batting .000). To make matters worse, Colon left the game with tightness in his back, probably from one of those awful swings.

Game Notes:

  • Dustin Pedroia and J.D. Drew homered back-to-back for the Sox only runs.
  • David Ortiz had his wrist cast removed and now is wearing a removable splint, which is obviously a step in the right direction.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched for the Paw Sox on Monday Night, going five innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and just one walk while striking out five. He threw 65 pitches, 47 for strikes.

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