Tuesday, April 10, 2007
DIDN'T YOU MISS JEFF WEAVER?
The Sox may have missed Jeff Weaver, but they didn't miss many of his pitches this afternoon.
I have a feeling that the expression "offensive onslaught" will rarely be used to describe Sox wins, so let's just enjoy it now.
Sounds good, right?
Four runs in the 1st, 3 more in the 2nd, 1 in the 3rd, 3 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th, and 1 more in the 7th. As a team, the Sox went 14 for 36 (.389), with 7 walks. Seven of the hits were doubles, and one was a 2 run homer by JD Drew. The only Sox starter not to get a hit was Pedroia.
Beckett, once again, pitched brilliantly. He went 7, but probably could have gone the full 9 if needed. He definitely could have gone 8. He only threw 84 pitches, 61 of which were strikes. If it weren't for the 14-1 lead, he probably would have started the 8th inning. He allowed 2 hits, both in the 3rd inning, which eventually produced a run for Seattle. He struck out 8 batters. Most impressively, he allowed 0 walks.
Timlin made his 2007 debut. He replaced Javier Lopez on the roster when he was activated off the DL. He didn't look good, but this was mop up work, a good chance to give him an inning to pitch.
The reasoning behind sending down Lopez is probably that he is the only reliever with minor league options, all other pitchers would have to clear waivers.
Flawless Victory for the Sox.
Man of the Game: Josh Beckett - 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR
Jason Varitek - 3/4, 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB
Kevin Youkilis - 3/5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R
JD Drew - 1/2 HR, Sac-Fly, 3 RBI, 2 R
Daisuke tomorrow night. First batter for Seattle: Ichiro. Japan will be watching this game.
Maybe this video from a few years ago is a preview of tomorrow.