Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95 ERA) seeks his first win of the season as the Phillies play the third and final game against the Red Sox. First pitch is 1:35 p.m. Josh Beckett (3-4, 4.97 ERA) tries to build on a solid start in his previous outing.
Beerleaguer: In regards to Saturday night's 7-5 defeat, as one reader put it, it was "easily the best loss of the year." Joe Blanton was smoked early and often so the Phils spent the rest of the game playing catch-up. They would have completed the job with some better luck with runners in scoring position. The Phils stranded 11 runners and were two for 12 with runners in scoring position. Afterward, questions swirled around Shane Victorino's first-pitch pop-up with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, after Alfredo Aceves had just walked them loaded. “I went up there looking for a cutter, to be honest with you,” Vic told CSNPhilly.com. “I faced him in spring training, had many at-bats against him, and I went up there looking for a first-pitch cutter. I got the pitch I wanted. I’ll swing at that every single time."
Readers disagreed. "Victorino needs to understand the situation there," wrote Beerleaguer commentor Fatalotti. "Aceves is a walk machine this year, and as much as Vic might like to hit a double there, even taking a walk drives in one run and makes it a one run game. You have to be more selective there and force the pitcher to throw a strike."
The good news: The entire National League East also lost.