Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Walk-Off 2-1 Victory For Boston Red Sox

Carl Crawford hit a wall-ball double off Twins reliever Jim Hoey to drive in pinch-runner Jose Iglesias with the winning run in a 2-1 victory over the Twins in 11 innings tonight. It was Crawford's only hit of the night but it was a walk-off nevertheless and made a deserving winner out of Josh Beckett. Josh pitched seven full and gave up zero runs and six hits, whiffing five and walking one. Here's Boston Red Sox manager Tito Francona...

“He was tremendous, one walk. He really pitched well, and you kind of come to expect that, and that’s good for us. He feels about himself, he’s throwing a lot of strikes with all his pitches and been really effective.”

And here's the man himself, Josh Beckett...

“We get paid to win games, and a team win is way better than me getting a win or a loss. I’ll finish up 2-1 if we win the rest of my starts. I would be completely happy with that."

Now that's a team player! He would have won the game had not Jonathon Papelbon blown a 1-0 Sox lead in the eighth. The Red Sox have now won three in a row doing the basics and doing them right. Tonight they start a two game series with the Toronto Blue Jays up in Canada. Here are the series stats...

Tue. 10 at Tor 7:07 PM ET** NESN/RSN** J. Lester (4-1) vs. K. Drabek (2-2)
Wed. 11 at Tor 7:07 PM ET** NESN/RSN **J. Lackey (2-4) vs. J. Litsch (3-2)

I worry about Lackey whenever he gets NEAR the mound but that's not something to be concerned about right now. We have a Mr. Lester pitching tonight and he, like Beckett, has been pitching well. Enjoy the game, click on this post's title for more and as always, BE WELL.

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