Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Red Sox Explode In 7th for 14-5 victory...Beckett Scratched

Former San Diego Padre Adrian Gonzalez enjoyed a great game against his former team as his new team, the Boston Red Sox, erupted for 10 runs on five hits, two walks (one intentional), and two hit batsmen in a super bottom of the seventh inning. That made a 3-3 tie a 13-3 one-sided contest. The biggest play was on the bases. In that seventh, Dustin Pedroia, who always finds a way to get "it" done, whatever the 'it" might be, beat out a possible double play with his hustle and when teammate Adrian Gonzalez bopped a double, the inning was on. Here's Adrian...

“That created that seventh inning. It was all about him, getting down the line and beating that ball out. If he doesn’t do that, my double doesn’t do anything.’’

And here's the Boston skipper, Tito Francona...

“It was a time in the game where his pure hustle gives our hitters a chance to keep hitting and extend an inning, and we took advantage of it. But that’s just the kind of player he is. He always gives you everything he has.’’

After the seventh frame, the game was essentially over. Chalk up another victory for the Boston world beaters. Sox starter Andrew Miller performed marvelously in his Fenway debut after the lefthander was called up Sunday from Triple A Pawtucket. He pitched 5 1/3 innings and made just one bad pitch which resulted in a three run home run that tie it at 3. Until the seventh, it was a nail biter, after that, an easy game to watch with a smile of victory on my face. This teamkeeps winning and winning. Hey, I could get used to this. Ya know what, I think I will. But now, some more sobering news.

Josh Beckett will not be able to make his scheduled start and will be replaced by Alrfredo Aceves. Here is the release from the Boston Globe...

"Josh Beckett has the bug — "Intestinal turmoil" as Terry Francona puts it — and won't pitch tomorrow. Alfredo Aceves (3-1, 3.30) will start in his place. There is no word on when he will make his next start.
Aceves last pitched on Thursday, throwing 32 pitches against the Rays. So he'll be working on normal rest for a starter."

No biggy...it's nothing but a bug. No back issues or arm issues to worry about, that's for sure. Feel better, Josh. I'm certain he's only going to miss one start. He's been too valuable to be out any longer. So today, it's Aceves ready to go against Latos shortly after 7pm EDT. Red Sox Nation's confidence level should be "off the roof" high, deservedly so. GO SOX.

That's it for today, a sad day for my family. We have my Mom's funeral ceremony this morning at 10am EDT. Wish me luck. Please click on this post's title for all the highlights of the Red Sox sudden seventh inning massacre of those west coast rivals and as always, BE WELL.

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