When the bottom order is no real threat, just throw strikes and make them earn it.
Ball (87.9 mph cutter)Ball (87.3 mph cutter)Ball (83.2 mph changeup)Ball (83.2 mph changeup)
Rhys Hoskins walks.
Called strike (92.7 mph sinker)In play, out(s) (91.8 mph sinker)
Bryce Harper grounds into a double play, second baseman Christian Arroyo to shortstop Xander Bogaerts to first baseman Bobby Dalbec. Rhys Hoskins out at 2nd. Bryce Harper out at 1st.
Boston Red Sox
Called strike (93.1 mph sinker)Ball (88. mph changeup)In play, run(s) (91.8 mph slider)
Alex Verdugo homers (6) on a line drive to right field.
Philadelphia Phillies 4 - Boston Red Sox 2
Ball (94.7 mph sinker)In play, run(s) (90.3 mph sinker)
Rafael Devers homers (9) on a line drive to left center field.
Philadelphia Phillies 4 - Boston Red Sox 3
It just never is easy.
Ball (94.5 mph sinker)In play, out(s) (93.6 mph sinker)
Xander Bogaerts grounds out, shortstop Didi Gregorius to first baseman Rhys Hoskins.
Swinging strike (88.8 mph slider)Ball (93.9 mph sinker)Swinging strike (88.5 mph slider)In play, out(s) (88.7 mph slider)
J.D. Martinez flies out to right fielder Phil Gosselin.
TMac saying "a long run for Gosselin" when he ran about 10 feet to catch that.
Called strike (94.4 mph sinker)Ball (86.8 mph slider)Ball (94.2 mph sinker)Ball (87.6 mph slider)In play, no out (94.2 mph sinker)
Christian Vazquez singles on a fly ball to right fielder Phil Gosselin.
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Pickoff Attempt 1BIn play, out(s) (80.5 mph curveball)
Jackie Bradley Jr. flies out to left fielder Andrew McCutchen.
88 pitches for Eflin. Command wavering a bit this inning. It will be interesting to see if they try to get one more inning out of him. Weak bottom of the lineup due up.
Called strike (81. mph changeup)Ball (88.4 mph cutter)Ball (88.2 mph cutter)Called strike (87.9 mph cutter)In play, out(s) (83.9 mph changeup)
J.T. Realmuto grounds out sharply, shortstop Xander Bogaerts to first baseman Bobby Dalbec.
Two innings to go. I lean toward the pen but who knows which would be better in the sixth, Eflin or a reliever. Either could be shaky.
In play, no out (77.3 mph curveball)
Jean Segura singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
Pickoff Attempt 1BFoul (91.3 mph sinker)Ball (87.5 mph cutter)In play, out(s) (87. mph cutter)
Didi Gregorius pops out to first baseman Bobby Dalbec.
Foul (87.7 mph cutter)In play, out(s) (84. mph changeup)
Phil Gosselin lines out to left fielder Michael Chavis.
Gosselin hits a couple hard but ends up out. The foul was high off the wall just a tad left of the yellow foul line.
Need six outs with no runs given up.
Piece of cake.