On Thursday afternoon, the Red Sox dropped their six consecutive game to open the season. Jon Lester pitched well, but he couldn’t inspire the team’s high-priced bats. The Rays’ hitting woes continued in Chicago, as Edwin Jackson mowed them down on a chilly day in Chicago.
With the sky falling for a number of would-be contenders (Francisco Liriano struggled against the Yankees), the Phillies ended the string of early games with a dominant win. Roy Halladay took to the hill and breezed through seven innings. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out seven batters in the 11-0 Philadelphia win.
Interestingly, the Phillies piled up 11 runs on 16 hits. Only two of those hits went for extra bases (a double by Placido Polanco and a home run by Raul Ibanez). The Phillies chased Jon Niese after four innings (eight hits and a walk and six earned runs allowed). The concerns about the bullpen remain with Brad Lidge’s injury expected to keep him sidelined until mid-season, but they’ve answered the question about scoring runs in the short-term.
The Phillies have scored 43 runs in the first six games.