JESSICA RINALDI/BOSTON GLOBE
This was a holiday weekend that the Phillies want to put behind them. The Phillies were swept by the Red Sox this Labor Day weekend at Fenway Park. They were outscored 22-9.
The weekend series started on Friday as rookie Adam Morgan took the mound. The Phillies had a 2-1 lead going in the fifth inning. Red Sox Mookie Betts and Brock Holt had an RBI each as the Red Sox took a 3-2 lead. The Phillies would not regain the lead for the rest of the weekend series. Boston brought the game out of reach in the seventh inning as they scored four runs off of both Morgan and reliever Jeanmar Gomez. The Phillies fought back in the ninth inning with a two-run home run from Odubel Herrera and a RBI double from Aaron Altherr, but it would not be enough as they fell to the Red Sox, 7-5.
The fourth inning of Saturday’s game defined the rest of the game. Boston had an eight run inning started off by a RBI single from Blake Shiwart and a RBI double from Jackie Bradley. With the score 3-0 and the bases loaded, it set the scene for Xander Bogaerts ‘Little League Grand Slam’. Bogearts was credited with a bases clearing double, but due to a throwing error from Cesar Hernandez, Bogearts ended up able to score. All of those seven runs were credited to starter Alec Asher. Jerome Williams came in to complete the inning, but did not do so before giving up a solo home run to David Ortiz. The Phillies were able to score two runs the following frame, thanks to a two-run RBI single from Carlos Ruiz. Bogaerts had one more RBI in the eighth inning, bringing the Red Sox to the 9-2 win.
Boston did not skip a beat in the final game of the weekend series, as they came out with six runs between the first two innings of Sunday’s game, all off of rookie Jerad Eickhoff. While the Red Sox would not score again, it was more than enough runs against the Phillies depleted pitching staff. Both Hernandez and Herrera had a RBI each, but the Phillies were never able to build a rally to get back into Sunday’s ballgame. The Phillies fell once again to Boston, 6-2.
The Phillies hope to rebound back at Citizens Bank Park as they head home for a series against the Atlanta Braves. First pitch is tomorrow at 7:05pm.