Sunday, June 14, 2009
Things were looking pretty good thru 4 innings. The Sox were up 4-1, Beckett was dealing. Then it all went to hell. Beckett gave up 4 runs and the lead in the 5th. But he himself tied things up again with a homer in the top of the 6th. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to settle down, and he and the pen let up 6 runs in the 7th.
It was an unfortunate way to end what has been a tremendous stretch of baseball. Facing four straight 1st place teams, the Sox went 9-3. It doesn't get better than that. And despite this afternoon's woes, there's still plenty about this team to be impressed with.
Man of the Game:
The Sox have a day off before the Marlins come to town. Tim Wakefield faces Chris Volstad Tuesday night.
John Smoltz will pitch on Thursday. But whether he'll pitch in Boston against the Marlins or in Pawtucket against the Charlotte Knights.
AP Photo/Tom Mihalek