Thursday, July 26, 2007

Beckett Superb As Indians Defeat Red Sox 1-0

Josh Beckett threw his best game of the season, a complete game 4 hitter. Said his battery mate........

"To me, it was one of the best outings Josh has ever had," catcher Jason Varitek said. "His command, his ability to use his curveball and changeup and still locate his fastball on both sides, he wasn't dominant to one side or the other. He made pitches."

NICE! The only mistake he made was a Guttierrez home run in the third inning. The problem? Fausto Carmona, the Indian's pitcher, was one run better, holding the Sox hitless until there was one out in the 6th inning. In that 6th inning Coco Crisp might have cost the Boston club a run as he tried to score from second on a Papi single. He appeared to slow up rounding third and was thrown out at the plate. But these type of games happen, and it's time to turn the page and win another five in a row. The way the Yankees are playing, albeit against the weakest of the weak (the Devil Rays and the Royals), we might have to. But the schedule favors the Red Sox, starting in a few short weeks. Our eyes turn to Kason Gabbard to start that new streak.

Curt Schilling (for more, see below) will have his second of three rehab starts tonight, so we'll see him on the big club around the 6th of August. There are more than two months of baseball left in the regular season, so there's no reason to hurry him. It IS important that we win the getaway game tonight in Cleveland. Taking three of four from THAT club on their turf would be nice indeed.

Click on the title of this post for details of Curt Schilling's appearance on Bob Costas' HBO show. He expressed his opinions on Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds and other's alleged steroid use in no uncertain terms. It airs starting today at 5:15 EDT and continues throughout the week. Have a great Thursday as we wrap things up in Cleveland and try to take three of four from a very good club in their own ballpark.

6 Comments:

At 7/26/2007 1:34 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Run Home, Don't Waltz, Mr Crisp

 
At 7/26/2007 2:36 PM, Blogger Sox in the City said...

I agree -- Beckett was insane last night. The two pitching matchups we had over the last two nights could have gone either way -- we got the better of CC and they got the better of Josh. Case closed. All in all, I like the way we played the last two games -- as everyone knows, it's pitching that get teams to the World Series. And we are swimming in pitching.

 
At 7/26/2007 2:55 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And I know how to swim! Kason tonight, against a guy who's been having trouble on the mound.....we have to win!~thanks SoxCity!
And hey Mike......no dancing tonight!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 7/26/2007 4:46 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

The pitching is great, but three outs running the bases proved to be much too costly in a game where baserunners are precious. That was just as frustrating as getting a bunch of hits and leaving the runners stranded. I hope the offense gets more consistent to accompany our pitching ... it may prove to be a lifesaver on the way to the World Series.

 
At 7/26/2007 5:14 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Especially Coco...I thought he'd score fairly easily.......thanks BFW...and the Yanks will face a "TOUGHER" team starting on Friday.

Must (almost) game tonight. K-Sunshine!

 
At 7/27/2007 6:54 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And as you will read when my post shows up (it's written now at 6:50am Friday, but the ol' blogger,com is slooooowwwwwww), the lumber was much in evidence. Is Manny getting hot? Will Papi get there too? To be continued..........

 

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