By Sean McAdam
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PHILADELPHIA -- The new less-than-perfect defensive alignment didn't do in the Red Sox Wednesday night, and unlike last week, neither did John Lackey.
Instead, the same thing that has dogged the club for the last week -- a punchless offense -- led to their sixth loss in their last seven tries, a 2-1 setback to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lackey, who couldn't get out of the fourth inning at rain-soaked Fenway last week, allowed just two runs in 7 23 innings and knocked in the only run of night for the Sox with a booming two-out double to dead center in the fifth inning.
Other than that, however, the Sox managed just four other hits -- all singles -- and have scored just one run in their last 20 innings.
Raul Ibanez smoked a ball into the right field seats in the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie as the Phils improved their Major League Baseball-best record to 51-30.
The Phils grabbed a 1-0 lead off Lackey in the second when Shane Victorino doubled down the left field line and scored on a single by Ibanez.
The Sox could do little against rookie Vance Worley. Their only run came in the fifth when Josh Reddick singled to right with one out and rode home on Lackey's 400-foot double.
That inning marked the only time the Sox had runners in scoring position all night.
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As good as things have gone for the Red Sox so far in 2016, their 2017 prospects took a bit of a blow over the weekend.
Sam Travis -- one of the organization's top prospects, and someone who opened a lot of eyes with an impressive spring-training showing this year -- suffered a torn ACL on Sunday while playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox and will be lost for the rest of the season. He was hurt while playing first base, collapsing as he chased down an opposition baserunner during a rundown play. He had to be helped off the field, and the extent of the injury was announced on Monday.
With David Ortiz retiring at the end of this season and Hanley Ramirez expected to replace him as the full-time designated hitter, the door was open for Travis to become the Red Sox' first baseman next year. Playing at Triple-A for the first time, the 22-year-old Travis -- honored by the Red Sox as their Minor League Offensive Player of the the Year in 2015 -- was hitting .272/.332/.434 with 10 doubles, 6 home runs and 29 RBI in 47 games.
Now, however, it's almost a complete certainty Travis won't be able to start next season in Boston. And depending on what the Red Sox do in the offseason to replace Ortiz, such as a signing a free agent to a multiyear contract, Travis' path upward in the Sox organization may become less wide open . . . if not blocked.
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