Red Sox thump Phils
Written by: Phil A. Mignon
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Only a few days after a practice featuring, among other things, relays from the outfield, the Phillies got plenty of opportunities top hone their skills as the Red Sox banged out 16 hits and won 18-1 at Plaisted Wednesday. . . . . . .
Held without a hit until the sixth, the Phillies broke through in the sixth with singles by R.J. and Will. Matt D. scored the lone run with a tag-avoiding slide into home after a wild pitch. . . . . . . . .
Defensive highlights included an impressive pitching debut by Tanner, who also recorded the final out of the third by flagging down a grounder and throwing from his knees. R.J. and Tanner also connected on a heads-up play in the first to thwart an attempted delayed steal of home. . . . . . . Showing they learned Sunday's lessons well, the Phillies twice nabbed runners on plays originating in the outfield. In the fourth, Jacob threw from left field to shortstop R.J., who relayed home to Tanner, who alertly fired to Nat at third for the out. In the fifth, George threw from center field to pitcher Will, whose quick relay to Tanner at the plate resulted in an out instead of a run. . . . . . . . Also making successful season debuts were Matt. D. behind the plate and Jake at third base. . . . . The Phillies return to action Friday with a matinee (3 p.m.) against the Pirates at Upper Lions in the first of consecutive games on consecutive days against the same team.