Web Analytics and Web Statistics by NextSTAT The Boston Sports Nut: Ryan Howard homers twice to crush Sox 9-2

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ryan Howard homers twice to crush Sox 9-2

In a battle between two of the top teams in MLB, the Red paid a visit to Philadelphia and did not get any 'Brotherly Love" (city of Brotherly Love) as they were drubbed 9-2. The Phillies put on an early show of power, clubbing a couple home runs in the first inning.

Ryan Howard provided the biggest bat, socking two home runs and a triple, driving in four runs. Jimmy Rollins also homered.

Phils pitcher Cole Hamels (7-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings. Since consecutive poor outings last month, the left-hander has a 1.50 ERA in his last three starts.
"I believe we're destined to play each other in the World Series," Hamels said. "We can compete with them any day of the week." Dustin Pedroia and J.D. Drew hit consecutive homers for Boston, which has won twice as many World Series titles in the last four years as the Phillies have in the franchise's 126-year history.

Red Sox starter Bartolo Color (4-2) gave up four runs and six hits in four innings before leaving with back stiffness. "I think I did it on a swing," Colon said through a translator. "We'll find out more tomorrow, but I think I'll make my next start." week."

Howard is hitting just .224 on the season and leads Major League Baseball with 97 strikeouts, 13 better than Arizona's Mark Reynolds, who is in second. Howard is on pace to break his major league record of 199 strikeouts he set last season by 19.

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