The Red Sox outscored the Angels 25-3 in three games. Angels starters went a total of 13 innings. Maybe it as the cold weather. They went 5-2 in Anaheim, then lost 2 of 3 to Cleveland in Milwaukee, and 3 of 3 to us in Boston. Nevertheless, we'll take the wins.
The Sox got started early in this game, and Beckett had his 3rd quality tart of the season, a 6 inning, 1 earned run performance. If the game had been closer he probably could have gone 7, but we were up 7-1. No sense pushing things too far. Then again, if Beckett were Curt Schilling, he might have gotten the extra inning.
Speaking of Curt, interesting remark from him:
"I absolutely thought I was going to finish that game right up through the (28-pitch) seventh inning. Going back out for the ninth would have been me trying to get a shutout as opposed to me trying to make 33 or 34 starts and be as healthy as I can for every one."
It almost seems like Curt's saying that it was HIS decision to not go 9 innings, and only go 8. I'm sure it was also his call to go the 8 instead of just 7. Gee, Curt, thanks for making the right decisions.
The Man of the Game is David Ortiz. He went 2 for 3 with a homer, a double, an RBI, 2 runs, and a walk. He appears to have broken out of his slump, and he's lifted his average to .293.
Josh Beckett: 6 IP, ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K
Julio Lugo: 2/4, 2B, Run
The Sox go up to Toronto to face the Blue Jays. Maybe this year we can beat them.