If Josh Beckett had been anywhere near good, even passable, this post would have been titled " Dear Josh," . But after last night, well, I didn't have any dears in me. He has pitched more than 6 innings just once in his last 8 starts. Since he signed his contract extention, Beckett is 2-3 with an ERA of 5.74. Hardly All Star stats.
This game could have been much closer had Hale, the 3rd base coach, not sent Manny on a doomed attempt to score on Mikey Lowell's single in the 8th. He was thrown out by 10 feet or so. And this after Rudy gave up his customary 2 runs in the top half of the frame. But it was Beckett who set the tone, putting the Sox in a 5-0 hole after 3. Further words desert me. I thought we'd see a gem from him. Turned out to be cut glass instead of diamond.