Nola deals for the Phillies, Red Sox lose 2-1.
(Oct. 8, 2017 – Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)
The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon. Justin Haley started the game for Boston, opposing Philadelphia’s starter Aaron Nola. With the loss, the Red Sox move to 8-6 in spring training, while the Phillies advance to 5-8. The game was played at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Both starters, Haley and Nola, were dazzling on the mound. Haley pitched three innings of no-run ball, while Nola did one better, pitching four innings with no-runs allowed. The Phillies’ ace struck out five, while Haley got one batter by way of strikeout.
The game was close throughout the affair, with pitchers dominating for both teams. The Red Sox collected just five hits, while the Phillies had three. Additionally, Boston had three errors, looking sloppy on defense.
In fact, the key scoring play for the Phillies, putting them up 2-1, came on a defensive blunder in the bottom 7th. J.P. Crawford skied an infield fly ball near the pitcher’s mound. Almost every Red Sox’ infielder closed in on the ball, each feasibly having a play on it. None of them made a play, though, and it landed in front of pitcher, Kyle Martin, allowing Nick Williams to score to go-ahead run.
Boston did almost make a comeback in the top of the 9th. They had bases loaded with two outs in the inning. Luke Tendler was the batter for the Red Sox in the high-pressure situation but grounded the ball right back to Hoby Milner, the Phillies pitcher, for the final out of the game.
Notes & Opinions
- The Red Sox participated in split squad action on Wednesday afternoon. They lost to the Minnesota Twins at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers Florida 8-1.
- J.D. Martinez made his spring training debut for Boston in the game against Minnesota. He went 0-2.
- Eduardo Nunez was supposed to make his debut in that game, as well, but was a late scratch. According to Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham, they left him out of the game as a precaution because the field was wet from rain. He should play tomorrow.
- Marcus Walden, who pitched the bottom of the 4th against the Phillies for the Red Sox, posted some impressive numbers in Triple-A Pawtucket last year. In 105.2 innings pitched, he collected 3.92 ERA and 3.34 FIP. The right-hander is a groundball pitcher and his fastball had deceptive, sinking action today. He did allow an unearned run in the contest, but still remains a pitcher to keep an eye on.
- Andrew Benintendi had an RBI single up the middle in the top of the 6th.
The Boston Red Sox will play the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. (eastern time) tomorrow at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. Brian Johnson, who is competing for the last spot in the rotation, will make his second spring training start of the year for the Sox. He will pitch against the Rays’ ace Chris Archer.