Crooked Numbers, At Last!
Finally the Boston Red Sox seem to have broken out of their batting slump. Josh Beckett was, well, Josh Beckett last night in Arizona as the Sox beat the D'backs by a score of 10-3. He allowed 5 hits and 3 runs over eight strong innings. Joel Piniero pitched a clean ninth to finish things up. The batting star was someone who every member of RSN has been waiting for to start hitting the way we all know he can. JD Drew, back in a National League Park, had two 3 run home runs and 7 total RBIs. And Papi and Manny had multiple hits in front of him, making the middle of the order more closely resemble what Theo envisioned before the season started. Let's hope JD can keep it up. Julio Lugo started the game with a bang, a deep rocket shot 30 rows into the crowd. He also pulled the "hidden ball trick" on an unsuspecting runner at second base. I almost fell off my chair!
I guess it's safe to chalk up Josh's first mediocre start back from his injured finger to nerves, nerves or uncertainty about his finger. And a potent Yankees' lineup. But last night all his pitches were working, and he only needed 92 of them in his 8 innings of work. Economical? Oh yes, and fun to watch, too.
Tonight, it's Tavarez up against Owens in what might very well be Julian's last start. He'll soon join a bullpen that has another "new" face....Mike Timlin, back and healthy. To make room for him, JC Romero was designated for assignment. Too many lefties, with the Darkman and Javy Lopez ready and able, made his jettison inevitable. But having a "pitching well" Mike Timlin can only help us.
Having two straight victories under our belts never felt so good. Click on the title of this post for more on the game, from Gordon Edes of the Globe, as the Sox move to within one game of the 40 victory mark. They are 39-21. For some reason, 40-21 sounds SO much better. Tonight can fix that!
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