Another Josh GEM !
Josh Beckett folded, spindled and mutilated the Baltimore Orioles Saturday afternoon, coming within one out of a complete game shutout. The Boston Red Sox won the game by a score of 6-2 and remain 5 games ahead of the white hot NY Yankees. Mixing his fastball with devastating curves, he was virtually unhittable, and FUN to watch! He scattered 8 hits and gave up 2 ninth inning runs in his 8 2/3 innings of brilliance. And after the stinging loss the night before, his outing was just what the club needed.
At the plate, Peds had his usual two hits, as did Julio Lugo. And it seems as if JD Drew's swing is returning. He collected three hits. This game was never in doubt. The rubber game of this 3 game set looms at 1:35, with Curt Schilling ready to face the O's Steve Traschel. And then it's Northward to a small and cozy place called Fenway Park. Ever hear of it? It's a great park to see a major league baseball game. And the Sox became the first club in the majors to reach the 70 win mark. Their record stands at 70-46. Not bad for a team and its fans who are looking in the rear-view mirror. Just a bit.
Click on the title of this post for an article written by the Boston Herald's Tony Massarotti. His subject? The Red Sox propensity for leaving too many men on base. They've had the baserunners this season.....they are second to the Yankees in that category. But the number of runs scored? Well, read the piece for yourself, and enjoy your Sunday. I'll have one leg in the pool, one eye on Tiger Wood's try for his first major of the year and the other eye watching Schill (I hope I don't go cross-eyed) as he tries to give us a series win, and more importantly, does his best to have a quality start, a portend of things to come for the rest of the regular and the postseason. And that would be big. Have a safe, happy and healthy Sunday. The weather here in the Northeast will surely cooperate. GO SCHILL!