May 19, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (64) celebrates hitting a home run with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
From the first at bat, the Red Sox had their power stroke working against Joe Blanton and the Phillies tonight. Jon Lester continues to pitch just alright, getting by without his typically strike out stuff. The best thing about this win, however, is that it immediately follows a loss. For a team that has been winning and losing in long streaks, getting back in the win column right away is a relief.
Mike Aviles, Will Middlebrooks, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ortiz all went deep off Phillies starter Joe Blanton.
Jon Lester was not as dominate as he has been in past trips to
It was not a great night for pitchers' fielding. Joe Blanton made two errors and Boston was able to capitalize on the first getting a run on the next play a double play ball that would have ended they inning had Blanton made the previous play. Jon Lester also made a throwing error in the first, but it did not end up hurting him.
Overall, it was a good win, though I am still waiting for the 8 innings, 10 Ks Jon Lester to reappear. It was good to see Middlebrooks go deep again before his inevitable demotion. If Josh Beckett can build on his last start and dominate tomorrow, the Red Sox may be able to take the series, though Cliff Lee is going to make that as difficult as possible.