Saturday, May 31, 2008
SOX WIN ON FRIDAY in THE 13TH
The Sox game last night started about 90 minutes before the Celtics' game began. And it ended about an hour after. But after 4 hours and 49 minutes of baseball, the Red Sox were on top 5-2.
Beckett pitched decently, going 6 innings, allowing 2 earned, and striking out 10. But I'm still waiting for him to look like the Ace he was in '07. Beckett allowed a solo homer in the 4th, the 11th he's given up on the season. That's the 2nd most allowed in the AL. Only Paul Byrd has allowed more.
But the bullpen was sensational. Okajima, Delcarmen, Lopez, Hansen, Timlin, and Papelbon combined for 7 innings, 4 hits, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts and 0 runs. Although Timlin did struggle to get out of his inning, leaving the bases loaded.
The offense wasn't much to be proud of. In total, the Sox went 10 for 48 (.208). Jacoby had a great night, going 3 for 7 with a pair of doubles and 3 stolen bases. Mike Lowell also had a solid evening, going 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI. One of those RBI turned out to be the game winning run in the 13th.
But apart from a few nice individual performances, the Sox lineup simply looked bad last night. The 7-8-9 hitters combined went 0 for 12 (0 for 13 if you count Jeff bailey's pinch hitting for Alex Cora). Potential All-Star Jason Varitek's average is now .259.
But after what's been happening the last week, I'm more than happy to accept this weak hitting, exhaustive win.
Jon Lester faces Garrett Olson tonight.
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