A Youk Walk-Off Double Saves Beckett
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Texas Rangers by a score of 8-7 in twelve innings but it wasn't easy. Josh Beckett was not his usual self, giving up seven earned runs in his seven innings. He walked four and whiffed five. He wasn't right but the bats saved the game. The 'pen put up goose eggs for five innings to give the Sox their chances. It was Bard for 2, Papelbon for another 2 and Okajima, the eventual winner, for 1. Beckett had this to say about his dismal outing...
"If anything, I hampered us. I held us back. I hate to be part of that because I made us use three extra relievers that we shouldn’t have had to use.”
Accurate words from Mr. Beckett. He'll find his "groove" soon along with Jon Lester. Hey, the entire team needs to find that same groove. Here's Youk, who, along with JD Drew, was a hero...
“A win is a win, Sometimes it’s a little more emotion and a lot better of a game when you walk it off, but we’d rather play nine innings and win by 10. Those will come. We’ll have hopefully a lot of those down the road. You’ve just got to go out there and battle. This team is battling right now. We’ve had some injuries, guys aren’t playing up to the top of their game. It’s still so early that there’s time to bounce back and figure things out.’’
So all's well that ends well but the many nervous moments are killing me! It was a squirm fest last night from beginning to end, grimaces galore. I guess that's how you win two in a row when things are not going well. Oh, Mike Lowell looks like he'll be DHing against lefties for the time being because Big Papi had been more of a teddy bear than a PAPI at the plate. I hope he finds himself...quickly. Hey, the Orioles come into town next. Maybe the Sox can keep winning. THEY SHOULD! If they don't, it'll be impossible to catch up with those pinstripers. They're solid top to bottom. Too solid, all that money can buy. YO ADRIAN, and I don't mean Mr. Beltre.
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