Phillies Opposition Roadblock: Boston Red Sox

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Jun 11, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 11, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports /

Coming off yet another disappointing series, the Phillies head to a home-and-home with the Boston Red Sox, a team with championship aspirations.

A St. Louis Cardinals team that came in losing their last seven just toyed with the Phillies over the weekend. Aaron Nola was just about the only highlight worth mentioning on the Phillies pitching side of things. Odubel Herrera stayed hot and is once again showing that he is a very capable major league hitter. Now, they head to Boston for two away before two at home against the Sox.

Jedd Gyorko was 3-10 in the series. He walked one time and struck out three times. The third baseman contributed four RBI and a run over the course of the weekend. His two-run double really opened the game up when it was still within reach. Nick Pivetta then balked him home on one of the most obvious balks in the game’s history. Gyorko was average this weekend but did enough damage to stand out to anyone watching the series.

Phils Grade: C

This is a no brainer. It is simply an F. For those of you who watched the game, there is simply no argument against how dominant Carlos Martinez was in his effort. He had every pitch working and his command was impeccable. It seems as though Martinez has figured out what everyone who follows the Phillies wants Vince Velasquez to discover: He does not need to overpower for a full game. His complete game shutout included only four hits, a walk, and eleven strikeouts. Simply dominant.

Phils Grade: F

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