Friday, September 18, 2009
SOX RUN OUT OF MAGIC
Even with 2 outs in the 9th, you felt as though the Sox would win this game. They didn't, of course. They could only muster offense in the 4th inning, as Ellsbury and Bay hit homeruns and put the Sox ahead 3-1. But that was it from the Red Sox bats. The Angels chipped away, tying the game in the 7th, and taking the lead in the top of the 9th.
The good news was that Victor Martinez returned to the lineup, extending his hit-streak to 16 games with a 4th inning single. Youkilis also seemed close to ready to return, as he came out on deck to pinch hit for Varitek in the 9th.
Beckett looked very good, just shy of great. For the most part he was lights out, just with an occasional blemish. His last 3 starts have been very good, so for now at least, he's the Ace of the staff.
Both the Yankees and Rangers were idle, so the Sox fall 7 behind New York (6 in the loss column), and stay 6 in front of Texas in the Wild Card.
The Angels won the season series 5-4, but 6 of the 9 games were played in Anaheim.
The Sox embark on a 10 game road trip, with stops in Baltimore, Kansas City, and the Bronx. They could very well return to Fenway Park with the Wild Card wrapped up.
Clay Buchholz vs. Jeremy Guthrie tonight.