Would you believe it?! The Phillies finally, for the first time since 2003, have won a series against the Boston Red Sox. Game one was all Phils, Dom Brown picked up his 5th homer of 2011 in the bottom of the second to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. Cliff Lee helped his own cause in the bottom of the 5th with a sac fly to left to make the score 3-0. Lee was in complete control as he shut down the Red Sox the rest of the way to pick up his 3rd consecutive shutout, Shane Victorino added a 2 run homer in the 6th. Lee became the first Phillie since Robin Roberts back in the year of the Whiz Kids 1950. Lee now has a 32 consecutive scoreless inning streak going for him as well. He finished the month of June with a 5-0 record and only a 0.21 ERA. Cliff was in the zone in June and hopefully it can continue into July and the rest of the season.
In game 2 the young Vance Worley went up against the premier offenses in the game, and shut them down only allowing one run over 7 great innings striking out 5. Raul Ibanez's bat finally heated up with a great game. Raul went 3-3 with a homer while driving in the 2 Phillies runs. Michael Stutes shut down the Sox in the 8th and Antonio Bastardo came in to close the game out and did just that. Bastardo got 3 straight pop ups to retire the side and give the Phils the 2-1 win and the series win. Bastardo and Stutes have been the best surprises out of this season, they've proven to be great relievers no matter what role they're in. In his first closing situation Bastardo looked like he'd be the closer for this team his whole career. Didn't look nervous at all and seemed unaware of the powerhouse lineup he was facing.
Game 3 of the series....well there isn't much to talk about. The game was set to be a pitchers duel and it was for the first few innings. Then Cole Hamels was hit on the hand with a line drive. Luckily for the Phils the x-rays were negative. Ryan Howard got a 2 run bomb in the 9th but it was too late. The Phils lost 5-2, but who knows how this game would have gone if Hamels didn't get hit by that line drive. But this series was huge for the Phils, they proved they can beat great offenses with the great pitching they have. The next series for the Phils is against the Toronto Blue Jays. The pitchers for the Phils in this series will be Kendrick, Halladay, Lee. Roy Halladay will make his homecoming in the second game of the series, hopefully we'll see a classic Doc performence and a Phillies win, and series win. LET'S GO PHILS!