The game was shaping up to be a pitchers’ duel between two of the best young lefties in the game. But it was relegated to a lazy 5-2 loss for the Phillies after Cole Hamels’ premature exit.
In the fourth inning, Adrian Gonzalez hit a liner back through the box that Hamels knocked down and tossed to first for the out. The comebacker, however, got more flesh than leather, and Hamels left the game after the inning with a contusion on the base of his right palm. He exited having allowed just two hits in his four frames, striking out a pair and walking none. According to a tweet from CSNPhilly.com’s John Finger, X-rays were negative and Hamels is day-to-day.
The Phils called on David Herndon to spell the injured Hamels, and he proceeded to surrender two runs on four hits in the fifth. A Jason Varitek homer off Herndon the following inning made it 3-0 Red Sox, and Herndon closed his book with three earned on five hits in two innings of work. He took the loss, his second of the season.
Though the Phils offense managed just four baserunners off Jon Lester in his seven shutout innings on the hill, they were able to push a pair of runs across in the ninth. Ryan Howard’s homer off Bobby Jenks landed in the second deck of the right field stands and made it a 5-2 game, but that was all the juice the Phils’ rally had to offer. Howard, who had half of his club’s hits, finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Shoddy Carpentry: Lehigh Valley call-up Andrew Carpenter made his 2011 debut, going two innings and allowing two runs on four hits. His appearance was lowlighted by back-to-back homers from Dustin Pedroia and Varitek in the eighth.