Nasty slider. Filthy fastball. Wicked change up. 2 hits. A complete game. That spells All Star pitcher Scott Kazmir, all of 22 years old. With a now 5-2 record against the Red Sox, with an ERA of 2.60, he was king for the night, unbeatable in his home park. It was one of those games where you just have to tip your hat and come out this afternoon and get them back. I have no idea what the Mets were thinking when they dealt this guy away. Loony tunes or something.
Josh Beckett had a quality outing, giving up 3 solo homers in 7 innings. It would not have mattered if he had allowed only one, for the Sox were not going to score any runs, not against the Scott Kazmir of last night.
The Yanks and the Jays also lost, so the division looks the same, and so does our slim cushion of a lead. Curt goes tonight, and then on Sunday, when he has the chance to show Ozzie Guillen that he made a mistake in not choosing him for the All Star Game. But that is Sunday night. This afternoon, we have to beat Tampa Bay, and we have the man who can do it on the hill. Schill.