Saturday, June 27, 2009
IS THERE ANYONE BETTER THAN BECKETT?
Josh Beckett continued his streak of shutout innings with 7 innings of scoreless work, and 6 strikeouts. He wasn't at his absolute best, but he was more than good enough to earn his 9th win. He's 7-1 since the start of May.
In the last three weeks David Ortiz has his 7 HR, with 14 RBI, and a .333 average. What makes me happy is that he's turning on balls and pulling them to right field. His solo shot Friday night was a blast in a park that's unfriendly to HR hitters. And it was off a solid pitcher who was having a very good night.
Ortiz's hot streak has come at a perfect time, because Mike Lowell might be missing some time. Youkilis was at 3rd last night, and Lowell is likely to skip the remainder of the Atlanta series. He might even come up to Boston to get an injection of lubricant for stiffness in his hips.
Man of the Game:
Josh Beckett - 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K
Tim Wakefield gets a chance to make his All-Star case on a national stage this afternoon. He faces Javier Vazquez.
AP Photo/John Amis