BOSTON – (Staff Report from Fenway Park) – July has been hot, hot, hot and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jake Arrietta loves the heat and throws the heat. The 32-year old Arrietta, who struggled through June with an 0-4 mark, used all 31 days of July to compile his best month of the season as the Phils defeated Boston 3-1 in the second and final game of their interleague series.
Philadelphia’s Jake Arrietta
Arrietta finished off his ultra-hot July by limiting the explosive bats of the Boston Red Sox to only one run, earning his ninth victory of the season. He went 4-0 for the month. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run on six hits with seven strike-outs and no walks before giving way to Tommy Hunter in the 8th.
Philadelphia tallied in the 2nd and 4th innings with catcher Jorge Alfaro‘s double knocking in third baseman Maikel Franco for the first run and Franco scoring on a Scott Kingery sacrifice fly two innings later.
Left-fielder Rhys Hoskins scored an insurance run in the 9th inning, crossing the plate after first baseman Carlos Santana drilled a single to center off Boston reliever Hector Velasquez.
Franco reached base four times, scoring twice with two singles and two walks. Phils’ CF Roman Quinn went three-for-four with a double, his first. Hoskins advanced on base three times with two walks and his 9th inning double, his 27th of the season..
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (1-5) went 5.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. He walked four Philly batters and struck-out three while throwing 95 pitches on the night (50 were strikes). Pomeranz took the loss, his fifth.
Over the first four innings of the game, the Red Sox scattered one hit per inning and left the four baserunners on base.
Seranthony Dominguez recorded the save for Philadelphia, his 11th in 12 tries. Before retiring the side, he walked J.D. Martinez to lead off the 9th and hit Xander Bogaerts with a high-velocity fastball that sailed in on Bogaerts’ hands.
GAME NOTES: The Red Sox drew 37,816 fans for their biggest crowd of the 2018 season. Last night’s game drew 94 fewer people but both were sell-outs. … Boston’s MVP candidate Mookie Betts was given the night off, a trend fashioned by Red Sox manager Alex Cora to allow every player a night of rest. In this case, with the Red Sox scheduled for an off day on Wednesday, Betts will receive a 48-hour siesta, aside from his pop-up pinch-hitting appearance this evening. … Boston’s brief interleague endeavor ends tonight as, after their day off, the Red Sox will host the New York Yankees for a four-game weekend set while Philadelphia returns home to face the Miami Marlins for four games. … RHP Nick Pivetta (6-9, 4.85 ERA) will throw for the Phillies. … Digital Sports Desk will be on hand for Friday night’s Yankees at Boston game.