Red Sox (ss) 2, Phillies 1
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ Pookie Bernstine, brother of pro football player Rod Bernstine, singled and scored to snap a scoreless tie in the seventh as the replacement Boston Red Sox split squad beat the replacement Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, Thursday.
Bernstine scored the game’s first run following a questionable call by third base umpire Bob Searles.
With Bernstine at third, pitcher Tim Cain hit a high chopper to third, which was fielded by Luke Sable. Sable appeared to tag Bernstine out as he dove back into the bag, but Searles called him safe.
Bernstine, who had singled to open the inning, then scored on Pat Murphy’s single. Boston made it 2-0 later in the inning when Cain scored on Cesar Bernhardt’s fielder’s choice.
The Phillies got their run in the eighth when Andrew Albrecht singled over third, moved to third on Sable’s double and scored on Todd Coburn’s sacrifice fly.
Philadelphia had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth, but 35-year-old John Gibbons, who had been nursing a pulled hamstring, grounded into a double play after hobbling down the first base line.
Cain picked up the win, and Pete Young got the safe. George Riley, who gave up four hits and two earned runs in two innings, got the loss.
The crowd was announced at 2,125, although the attendance appeared to be closer to 1,500.