The Phillies have worked a lot on fundamentals and should be pretty sound defensively this season. Their fielding let them down on Monday though as three eighth inning errors allowed the Red Sox to turn a tie game into a 9-5 Boston win.
Errors on Shane Victorino
and Erick Burke were the keys in a four-run eighth inning that led to Boston's 9-5 win over the Phillies on Monday. Victorino, who has been praised for his defense this spring, misplayed a ball hit by Michael O'Keefe
, allowing the first run of the inning to score. Burke's throwing error opened the flood gates for Boston.
Cory Lidle wound up giving up five runs in six innings of work, but he started strong. Lidle breezed through the first five innings, giving up just three hits. In the sixth, however, Boston got to Lidle for five more hits and put four runs on the board. Kevin Millar hit his first homerun of the spring off Lidle in the sixth.
The Phillies opened with three first inning runs against David Wells. Placido Polanco, Pat Burrell and Jason Michaels all doubled in the inning and two innings later, Bobby Abreu homered off Wells as the Phillies took a 5-1 lead.
Rheal Cormier and Aaron Fultz both threw a shutout inning of work, giving up no hits and just one walk over their span.