Monday, June 25, 2007
BECKETT, THE BEST OF WHAT SOX DO BEST
The Red Sox went into San Diego as one of the two best teams in the American League. San Diego welcomed Boston as one of the best teams in the National League. Sunday afternoon's matchup was the pinnacle of the series. Josh Beckett came in at 10-1, and Jake Peavy came in at 9-1. It was a potential preview of the All-Star Game starters.
And the Red Sox won. They took 2 out of 3 and won the rubber game 4-2. They made Peavy work and forced him out after 5 innings with 111 pitches. We got 9 hits off of him, but more importantly, we got five of those hits in the 3rd. They were all singles, but when you get five hits in an inning, you're probably going to score.
Josh Beckett was great. Only one walk and 8 strikeouts in 8 innings of work. He was a bit shaky in the 5th, but apart from that he was great. Some Yankee fan I was talking to the other day said that "Josh Beckett didn't deserve to be 10-1." But you see games like this one, and you can see why he is 11-1.
The Man of the Game for Sunday's 4-2 win is Josh Beckett. He went 8 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 8. He outpitched Jake Peavy for his 11th win of the season, which leads the majors.
Honorable Mentions go to:
Jonathan Papelbon: IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Jason Varitek: 2/4, RBI, 3B, HR, Run
Alex Cora: 2/3, BB
Up to Seattle to face yet another good team on this road trip.