After two straight games of being stifled by the pitching of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Boston Red Sox bats finally broke out in the final game of the series. The result of the offensive explosion was a 9-2 victory for the Red Sox and also a severe battering of many of the pitches thrown by the Phillies.
The Phillies pitcher who bore the brunt of the Red Sox hitters’ assault was rookie starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone, who received a rude welcome to the majors by the Red Sox. Pettibone surrendered four runs in 5.0 innings, all coming in the first inning, as he was unable to keep Red Sox hitters off base to any meaningful degree. Ten of the 24 batters Pettibone faced reached base against him and he was only able to strand 60.0 percent of those base runners.
Despite giving up an unsightly number of runs in a limited amount of innings, Pettibone can take solace in the fact that he was not the only Phillies pitcher who could not stem the offensive tide of the Red Sox. Relief pitchers Jeremy Horst, two earned runs in 2.0 innings, and Chad Durbin, three earned runs in 1.0 inning, also feel victim to the Red Sox onslaught.
The only Phillies pitcher to emerge from the contest with his earned run average unscathed was relief pitcher Michael Stutes, who kept the Red Sox scoreless during his inning of work.
The Red Sox were able to produce so many runs due to a combination of hitting well overall and hitting well with runners in scoring position. For the game, the Red Sox posted a batting line of .359 BA/.457 OBP/.590 SLG with a .452 wOBA while going a decent five for 16 with runners in scoring position.
Since the Red Sox did leave even more runs on the base paths, the collective win probability added for the offense was less than one would expect with a win probability added of 0.277.
Making sure the Phillies were unable to really climb back into the game were the Red Sox pitching staff, who only allowed two runs for the game. Those two runs were charged to the account of starting pitcher Franklin Morales, who allowed a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to Delmon Young.
Other than the home run given up, the Red Sox pitchers did not experience much difficulty in keeping the Phillies offense under wraps. They held the Phillies to a weak hitting line of .194 BA/.265 OBP/.323 SLG with a .264 wOBA. Additionally, the Red Sox pitchers stranded 92.1 percent of the base runners they allowed. Their effective pitching earned them a win probability added of 0.223, making them almost as valuable as the offense on Thursday.
Although the Red Sox still lost the series with the Phillies, the club is at least leaving Philadelphia on a high note, having played up to their potential in dispatching the Phillies on Thursday. Now they will need to bring that same level of consistent production to their next series against the New York Yankees.